WHERE ARE WE GOING?
We are going to be traveling to Bar Harbor, Maine to spend a week working with an organization called Seacoast Mission (seacoastmission.org). Since 1905 this organization has been serving and helping and caring for the people of this community. Bar Harbor is a well-known tourist destination, but the need outside of this community is great. We will be working on wheelchair ramps, siding projects, painting jobs and other home rehabilitation and improvement projects. Seacoast Mission rehabilitates or rebuilds 20 houses every single year.
WHAT WILL WE BE DOING?
We will be doing all sorts of construction work – big and small to help those in this community. It could be anything from framing to painting, siding to roofing, laying carpet, installing windows, removing debris, fixing, tweaking, building, dismantling, creating and so much more. You will be challenged and if you’ve never touched a hammer in your life….don’t worry – we have something for everyone.
WILL THERE BE ANYTHING FUN TO DO?
This trip is packed with FUN. Top to bottom. Besides the Cavs battling for an NBA title, there will be more fun than you know what to do with. We believe that serving others is allowed to be enjoyable. Our goal is to provide an element of fun in everything we do from the van ride to the music we play at meals, to the games we play, to the way our leaders interact and of course all of the unforeseen really, really funny, snapchat worthy hilarity that always ensues. On top of all of this we have some other things planned like a whale watching trip, catching the sunset on Cadillac Mountain and enjoying the beauty of Acadia National Park and the coast of Maine.
WHO CAN GO ON THE TRIP?
Our Sr. High Mission Trip at Avon Lake U.C.C. is open to all youth currently in grades 9-12. YES, you can bring a friend. You do NOT have to be a member of our church to attend this trip or a member of any church.
WHEN IS THE TRIP?
The trip is scheduled for Saturday, June 9 to Sunday, June 17, 2018. We will leave at 9:00 AM on Saturday and return around 4:00 PM on Sunday.
HOW MUCH WILL THE TRIP COST?
This year’s trip will cost $350.00 per person for ALUCC members. For non-members the trip will cost $450.00. This includes travel, lodging, t-shirt, whale watching tour, construction materials, tools, equipment and food. Meals during travel, souvenirs and similar items are additional expenses for each participant. We have scholarships and financial aid available for ANYONE who cannot afford the cost of our trip. A $100, non-refundable deposit is due by February 1st, 2018 to secure your spot. All balances must be paid in FULL by May 1, 2018. Checks may be made payable to Avon Lake United Church of Christ. DO NOT let cost affect your decision to go on this trip or not. If you are concerned about the cost, please contact Nate privately and we can discuss your concerns.
HOW WILL WE GET THERE?
We will be traveling to Maine via 15 passenger vans.
WHAT WILL WE DO FOR FOOD?
While we are in Maine we will be responsible for the purchasing, preparation, cooking and cleaning of our breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. Katie Schulz will be heading up the ALUCC Food Crew. This team of adults from our church will be traveling with us all week and preparing our meals every day. Two things I can guarantee – you will not go hungry and you will be amazed at the talents of our Food Crew. Meals on the road will consist of your favorite fast food fare.
WHO WILL CHAPERONE THE TRIP?
Our trip to Bar Harbor, Maine will be fully chaperoned by members of our ALUCC Adult Volunteer Team, other parents of youth going on the trip and myself. All adults interested in going on this year’s trip must inform me of their interest by January 1st. Anyone who has not attended an ALUCC Youth Ministries Mission Trip in the past must complete an Adult Leadership Team Interest Form by January 1st. If you are interested in being a part of our trip leadership team, please fill out this FORM https://avonlakeucc.breezechms.com/form/10a81f
All chaperon spots will be filled based on need, skills and the number of students signed up to go on this year’s trip. You will be informed by early January if you have been selected to attend this year’s trip.
NEW for 2018 – we have moved all of our forms ONLINE. You must have the following forms completed to participate:
__2018 ALUCC SH Mission Trip Application & Questionnaire Form HERE
__2017-2018 ALUCC Registration & Waiver/Release Form HERE
__2017-2018 ALUCC Emergency Consent Form HERE
__ Fill out Seacoast Mission Volunteer Liability Form DOWNLOAD HERE
__ Fill out Seacoast Mission Volunteer Permission Form DOWNLOAD HERE
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO GO ON THE TRIP?
There a number of things you need to do to go on this summer’s trip. The first and most important is to pray about this opportunity. Are you ready and willing to serve God and the people in Maine? Next you will need to do the following:
1. Complete a 2018 ALUCC Sr. High Mission Trip Registration Form ONLINE
2. Complete a 2017-2018 ALUCC Waiver/Release Form ONLINE
3. Complete a 2017-2018 ALUCC SH Mission Trip Medication Form ONLINE
4. Fill out Seacoast Mission Volunteer Liability Form
5. Fill out Seacoast Mission Volunteer Permission Form
6. Turn in your $100, non-refundable deposit by February 1, 2018
7. Sign-up a minimum of 2 teams for our Cabin Fever Corn Hole Tournament
8. Volunteer at all of our fundraisers.
9. Put the entire list of MANDATORY dates on your calendar and don’t overbook yourself
10. Attend church and Sr. High on a regular basis
11. Attend ALL of the MANDATORY meetings and/or fundraising events
We are so excited to have you join us on this adventure next summer. It will be life-changing, inspiring, transformational and a reallllllly, realllllly good time.
If you have any questions between now and June, please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 440.503.2549. Please read our weekly youth ministries email that will have a special section for SH Mission Trip Updates. There will be lots and lots of things you need to know before we get out of here. Be on the lookout and start getting ready. This will be the #bestweekever. For all the latest, please follow us on Twitter and Instagram – @waypointym.