Youth Service Trips
Part of our call as a faith community is to offer our time to serve others and to open ourselves up to learn and be changed by those we serve. The high school youth and confirmands (grades 9-12) have the opportunity to engage in this rich exchange by taking part in our annual service project during the public school break in April. Approximately forty youth, along with eight adult advisors, travel each year during spring break.
Year after year, the experience of this trip transforms the youth and advisors. It draws them closer to their own hearts, to the other youth on the trip, to the people they encounter, and to the nature of their faith and their callings in life. In their own words:
“I think that the experiences we encounter on a service project lead us to our identities.” —Leah Dowd
“Mohamadou taught me so much that day. He inspired me to love more, to value my own emotions and to embrace my friendships, my relationships, and my family members with a tighter, more heartfelt grip.” —Sam Hutchinson
“Getting away from the pressures of school and parents and living in an accepting and loving environment has made my faith grow to a new level.” —Brien Bates
“So seek out the water – smell it – feel it – taste it. Adapt to the cycle of seeking and receiving – seeking and receiving. All the time knowing the rain will come. And the thirst will be quenched.” —Dave Emslie
To learn more about our youth service trips, please contact Pam Emslie.
This year, during the public school April break, we will be traveling to Seattle/Tacoma Washington to serve others, engage our faith in a concrete way, learn about water and food issues that impact the people/environment of the Northwest, and continue to build relationships and transform our way of thinking about the world.
The youth are not alone in embarking on service trips! Village Church also sponsors two intergenerational service ministry trips: one to Ecuador to serve in an orphanage called For His Children, and the other to Zambia to continue our relationship with the people of our sister village, Fumbelo. Many youth and their families join in these trips each year.