“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, and Nicaragua. 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.
St. Bernard Project, New Orleans
April 25 – May 2, 2015 (note the new dates)
All high school youth and adults are welcome. The group will be working with the St. Bernard Project (SBP) to rebuild homes in St. Bernard and Orleans Parishes devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Per person cost will be under $900 and will be offset by fund raising. This price includes airfare from Manchester, ground transportation in New Orleans, housing, linens, all meals, and a 4-hour guided tour of the area. The group will be housed at the Annunciation Mission in New Orleans. This is an educational, cultural and hands-on working, experience. Registration information is available below and in the Christian Education office. Space is limited to 20 people. For further information, or to express your interest in the trip, contact Pat Harris at [email protected]
Mission Trip Information
The 2015 MissionTrip Application is now available. All applications must be accompanied by a deposit. Deposits are non-refundable unless another applicant is available to take your place. An application is not considered completed unless it is accompanied by a deposit check – see the form for more details on the deposits. A limited amount of scholarship aid is available for First Church Members. Preparing a team for a mission trip requires monthly meetings for team building and planning fundraising events. The fundraising helps to offset the trip expenses, but each individual is responsible for the cost of the trip. Participants are encouraged to do individual fundraising through friends and family.