Mission Trips

Nicaragua 2016

First Church team in Nicaragua, 2016

“God calls us into the church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship [and] to be servants in the service of the whole human family…” –From the UCC Statement of Faith

Grounded in the tradition of the United Church of Christ as expressed in our Statement of Faith, our church’s youth and adults 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 participation in service to others as well as environmental, cultural, and spiritual learning through the mission trip program. Together, we make a difference in the lives of others while learning about ourselves and our faith. In the past, First Church mission trip participants have made a difference through work and education projects 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, Louisiana. 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 guiding fund-raising for the trip. Check this website throughout the year for information on upcoming trips.


Mission Trip to Texas

June 23 – 30, 2018

A team of youth (currently in high school) and adults from First Church will be traveling to Texas from June 23-30 to help families recover from damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.  If you or your child will be joining us, you can download and deliver the required documents (below) to Rev. Ken to complete the registration process.

Dates:  June 23-30, 2018

Location:  Port Arthur, Texas

Project:  Our team will be working at the Southeast Texas Community Development Corporation, installing drywall, painting, removing damaged wall material, or engaging in other renovation tasks as directed by leaders of the Disaster Response ministry efforts of the United Church of Christ.  Click here for more information about the work project.

Cost:  $500 – The actual trip cost is considerably higher; however, due to fundraising efforts and gifts received throughout the year to support our mission trip efforts, we are able to offer the trip for this reduced amount.  Scholarships are available for those who need them.  Contact Rev. Ken at the church if you need to discuss scholarships or anything else related to paying for your trip (timing of payment, etc.).

Transportation:  We’ll meet at the church on Saturday, June 23, be driven to Boston Logan International Airport, fly from Boston to George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, rent vans at the airport, and drive to our hotel in Beaumont, Texas.  We will return from Houston on Saturday, June 30.  The exact itinerary is provided below.

Lodging:  Holiday Inn Hotel East – Medical Center in Beaumont – Up to two adults of the same sex will share a room; up to four youth of the same sex will share a room.

Food:  Breakfasts at hotel, lunches and dinners at a local host church, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Beaumont.

Informational Video (text of the video is available here)

Detailed Itinerary and Emergency Contact Information

Packing List

UCC Disaster Ministries “Covenant for Success”

Adults sign up by downloading, printing, completing, scanning, and sending to [email protected] the following items:

  • Medical Permission Form – This form will be reviewed only by Rev. Ken McGarry and then copied and sealed in envelopes only to be opened in case of a medical emergency during which you are incapacitated.  After the group’s return from Texas, these will be shredded.
  • Agreement to Follow Church Safety Standards
  • Sterling Background Check Form – Due to the participation of minors on this trip, all adult participants must have their backgrounds checked by the church.  This form will be shredded after the check has been completed.
  • Motor Vehicle Operator Application – Any approved drivers are insured for liability by the church’s policy and for collision/property damage by a policy purchased through the auto rental agency.
  • UCC Disaster Ministries Forms (three pages)
  • Picture of your Driver’s License
  • Picture of the front and back of your health insurance card
  • $500 check payable to First Church – Prior to Sunday, June 17, hand deliver or mail your payment to Rev. Ken McGarry, First Church of Nashua, 1 Concord Street, Nashua, NH  03064.

Youth sign up by downloading, printing, completing, scanning, and sending to [email protected] the following items:

  • Parental Permission Form
  • Behavioral Covenant
  • UCC Disaster Ministries Forms (three pages)
  • Picture of your photo ID (preferably a US Passport, Driver’s License, Learner’s Permit, or Non-Driver Identification issued by the Division of Motor Vehicles)
  • Picture of the front and back of your health insurance card
  • $500 check payable to First Church – Hand deliver or mail your payment to Rev. Ken McGarry, First Church of Nashua, 1 Concord Street, Nashua, NH  03064.

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