Special Events & Summer Service

Summer Special Events

August 14 Youth & Family Service Day: Bag Lunches for Trinity Center
For youth who have completed 5th-12th grades & their families
11:00am – 1:00pm
Pack bag lunches for Trinity Center members experiencing homelessness and discover more about some of the difficulties facing members of our community through interactive activities. Then, relax with a pizza & ice cream lunch social for youth & parents on the back patio with casual games available. Vegan, dairy free, & gluten free options are available. If parents are unavailable, we will partner individual youth together for the activities.

Register here by August 10

 

August 28 Youth Sunday & Lunch Hangout
10:00am Worship Service followed by 11-12:30 Lunch Hangout

Enjoy a worship service led by youth from Vacation Bible Camp, Service Squad, & the Wapato Trip Team including reports from their summer service & learning experiences! Then, all families are welcome to gather on the Fellowship Patio for a pizza & ice cream social and reunion for youth as we prepare to begin the program year together. Vegan, dairy free, & gluten free options are available.

Register here for the lunch by August 24

 

September 9-11 Westminster Woods Fall Retreat
For 9th-12th grade youth
At Westminster Woods in Occidental, CA
Registration Open 7/15-8/28

Drive up to Westminster Woods Retreat Center for a fabulous weekend of relaxation & friendship. Connect with old & new BTW friends while swimming, hiking, playing table top & field games, and trying out a challenge course (optional). 

Register here by August 28

 

Save the Date: Fall Program Kickoffs
Youth Alive (5th-8th Grade Sunday School) resumes on August 14. BTW (High School Youth Group) resumes on Sunday, September 18. YOW (5th-8th Grade Youth Group) resumes on Wednesday, September 21. We can’t wait to see you!

Summer Service Learning Experiences

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

SERVICE SQUAD!
For all youth completing 5th-6th grade in Spring 2022
Info packet here

Dates: June 6-10, 2022*
Daily Schedule, Monday through Friday 2-5PM (Wednesday only, camp will run 2-4PM)
Family Closing Program & Celebration Dinner – June 10 at 4:30-5:30PM
*Participants are asked to commit to all five days unless you have academic calendar conflicts

Cost: $275 – Registration open January 27 – May 5
Partial refund through May 5 ($50 non-refundable)
Financial assistance available upon request
Register here

Camp Purpose:
Youth will become acquainted with some of the difficulties and systematic inequities faced by people living right here in Contra Costa County. They will explore and experience the many ways we can share God’s love and justice! We hope this week will inspire the youth to serve and love others throughout their lives.

What Will We Be Doing?
Each day, we will travel in teams to a local (East Bay) LOPC mission partner location and serve in a variety of ways. Youth will become acquainted with some of the difficulties faced by people living right here in Contra Costa County and the many ways in which we can share God’s love within our own community!

We will partner with and serve alongside local LOPC mission partners. Previous mission partners have included:

  • Packing baby clothes for Loved Twice
  • Creating cards & to-go bags for Trinity Center
  • Sorting & prepping produce at The Food Bank
  • Distributing food boxes at Monument Crisis Center
  • Preparing donations at White Pony Express
  • Socializing safely with Thursday Fellowship seniors
  • Packing rice & beans for LOPC’s Rice & Beans Project
  • Building & painting playhouses for Habitat for Humanity

We hope you can join us for this amazing opportunity to learn more about God’s love and justice in today’s world!

Proof of Covid-19 vaccination OR negative Covid test within 72 hours required for the safety of those we serve and those we serve alongside. Unvaccinated youth must present a second negative Covid test halfway through the week. We will be following local Covid regulations and the guidelines of our mission partners, so please be prepared to wear a mask when indoors and when serving.

7th - 12th GRADE SERVICE LEARNING TRIP

WAPATO 2022
For all youth completing 7-12th grade in Spring 2022
Info packet here

Dates: June 18-25, 2022
Family Potluck Celebration Dinner – June 26 at 1-3:00PM

Cost: $500 – Registration open January 27 – March 27
Partial refund through March 27 ($130 non-refundable)
Financial assistance available upon request
REGISTRATION CLOSED.

Trip Purpose:
The trip will be mainly relational— aiming to deepen our understanding and connections to sisters and brothers from a different cultural, historical and spiritual perspective.

What Will We Be Doing?
We 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 Yakima people, and provide basic housework service in tribe elders’ homes.

Proof of Covid 19 Vaccination Required. CDC guidelines will be closely monitored. Masks will be worn indoors at all times, except while eating.