Special Events & Summer Service
Summer Service Learning Experiences
2020 EVENT REGISTRATIONS OPEN IN FEBRUARY 2020
Short-term mission experiences can have a big impact. Youth in 5th-12th grade who choose to spend a week of their summer vacation dedicated to service will:
- Discover where God is already at work in communities in need
- Act as the hands and feet of Christ to share God’s love with the world
- Learn that those who seem different are not very different at all
- Practice putting others’ needs above their own desires
- Lean on God to realize their ability to overcome new challenges
5TH & 6TH GRADE SERVICE SQUAD: JUNE 1-5
Youth who have completed 5th or 6th grade in MAY will serve for a couple hours each day with a local (East Bay) mission partner, then returning to debrief and reflect on their experience. Youth will become acquainted with the many ways in which we can share God’s love even within our own community! Our dream is that this week will inspire youth for a life of serving and loving others. Service may include food sorting and packing, yardwork, visiting the elderly and home-bound, running programs for children living in a shelter, and more!
7TH & 8TH GRADE SERVICE LEARNING TRIP: SAN FRANCISCO, JULY 12-17
Youth who complete 7th or 8th grade in May will spend a week in San Francisco and the surrounding area serving with City Service Mission. Through this experience, youth will be introduced to the many ways we can serve people in our own Bay Area community. We’ll discover a new side of this familiar city through immersive activities—serving with a variety of ministry partners, and a daily debriefing of our experiences.
HIGH SCHOOL SERVICE LEARNING TRIP: WAPATO, WASHINGTON, JUNE 20-27
Youth who complete 9th-12th grade in May will travel to Wapato, Washington to partner with an indigenous led organization: S.L.A.M. (Students Learning About Missions). S.L.A.M. is based within the Yakama Nation and focuses on teaching outside groups about their native traditions. Youth service teams will witness various ceremonies, learn about the history and culture of the Yakama people, and provide basic housework service in tribe elders’ homes. The trip will be mainly relational— aiming to deepen our understanding and connections to the larger body of Christ from a different cultural, historical and spiritual perspective.