“God call us into the church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be servants in the service of the whole human family…” Grounded in this Statement of Faith from the United Church of Christ, members and youth are encouraged to participate in a variety of mission and service opportunities locally, nationally and internationally. Each year the mission trip planning team explores opportunities for youth and adults to participate in service as well as environmental, cultural and spiritual learning through the mission trip program. High school youth and adults of all ages can make a difference in the lives of “strangers” while learning about themselves and their faith through the mission trip program. In the past First Church mission trip participants have “made a difference” through work projects and education in Maine, South Carolina, Washington DC, Pine Ridge South Dakota, the Dominican Republic, the Heifer International Learning Center at Overlook Farm in Rutland Massachusetts, Nicaragua, and New Orleans. The Mission Trip Planning Team guides each trip by identifying support organizations at the location, assessing the values and goals of the mission, coordinating travel, identifying adult leadership, and guide fund-raising for the trip. Check this website throughout the year for information on upcoming trips.
April 23 – April 30, 2016
A group of twenty First Church youth and adults travelled to Outreach360 in Jinotega “the City of Mists”, one of the poorest regions of Nicaragua during the week of April 23 – April 30, 2016.
Outreach360’s Service Program in Jinotega focuses on educational programs for local children, offered at their Learning Center. Through these programs, the aim is to provide children with functional skills, competencies, and abilities that allow them to overcome the challenges of poverty and achieve a greater standard of living for themselves and their families. Volunteers in Jinotega play an important role as educators in these programs, primarily teaching English to elementary school children at the Learning Center or providing engaging and meaningful Learning Camps in the community. The powerful impact of service-learning, coupled with authentic cultural interaction, not only transforms the lives of the children, but also the lives of volunteers. The focus is on truly selfless service – meeting the needs of impoverished children.
April 22 -April 29, 2017
The trip has been postponed. Stay tuned for further information. Contact Diane Matthes, [email protected] with any questions.