Jr. High Mission Trip 2022


We invite you to join us for our 2022 JH Mission Trip. The dates of the trip are July 17-22, 2022. All students in grades 7 & 8 are invited to join us on this year’s trip to spend a week with our friends at Washington U.C.C. in Cincinnati, OH. Only 35 spots available. The cost of this experience is $300 for church members and $400 for nonmembers. You can download an information packet HERE.

WHO CAN GO ON THE AVON LAKE U.C.C. JH MISSION TRIP?

All youth that are currently in grades 7 or 8 are welcome to attend this trip. You do not have to be a member of this church to attend our summer mission trips. We also have room for 4 male and 4 female adult chaperons.

WHAT ARE THE DATES OF THE TRIP?

The dates of this year’s trip are Sunday, July 17  – Friday, July 22, 2022. We will be departing Avon Lake U.C.C. at approximately 12:00PM on that Sunday and arriving that evening in Cincinnati around 5:00PM. On Friday, we will be departing Cincinnati at approximately 9:00AM and returning to Avon Lake U.C.C. around 3:00PM.

WHERE ARE WE GOING?

Each summer our JH Mission Trip travels to Cincinnati, OH, and stays at Washington United Church of Christ in the historic Camp Washington neighborhood of Cincinnati. The church is located at:

Washington U.C.C. 2950 Sidney Ave. Cincinnati, OH  45225

HOW ARE WE GOING TO GET THERE?

We will be traveling to Cincinnati in 15-passenger vans from Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Our Adult Leadership Team attending the trip will drive the vans.

WHAT WILL WE BE DOING?

While we are in Cincinnati we will be doing a little bit of everything. Our main focus during our time there will be to assist the church staff with the summer children’s program that they offer to the neighborhood. Between 30-40 children, ages 4-15, participate in this program. The program provides them with educational opportunities, religious experiences, daily breakfast and lunch, and countless other cultural and community activities to help them learn, grow and develop into intelligent and caring young adults. For more information check out www.washingtonucc.org.

WHAT DOES IT COST TO ATTEND THIS TRIP?

The cost of this trip is $300.00 for church members and $400 for non-church members. We ask for a  $100.00 deposit by February 1st, 2022, to hold your spot. Space is limited to 35 youth and 8 adults. Don’t delay in signing up for this life-changing experience. If the cost is something that could prohibit you from attending this experience, please speak to Nate privately. We have many ways to make this experience possible for everyone.

WHAT COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS WILL BE IN PLACE?

Our church council along with our COVID Advisory Team will be actively involved in any requirements and restrictions surrounding these trips. ALL participants must be fully vaccinated for the Covid-19 virus at least 4 weeks before we go on our trip. Your children’s safety and well-being is our number one concern. We will have much more information regarding this as we get closer to the summer.

WHAT FORMS DO I NEED TO FILL OUT TO ATTEND THIS TRIP?

Everyone must have the following three forms completed and filled out entirely to attend our trip next July. We are asking that ALL paperwork please be submitted with your deposit by February 1st, 2022. All but one of these forms are available online.

2021-22 Waypoint YM Waiver/Release Form                     

2022 JH Mission Trip Overnight Consent Form

2022 JH Mission Trip Registration Form                  

Washington UCC Waiver/Release Form (complete, save, email to office@avonlakeucc.org)

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 Cincinnati? Next you will need to do the following:

  1. Fill out all of your required paperwork
  2. Turn in your $100, non-refundable deposit and pay your entire balance before May 1st, 2022.
  3. Volunteer at all of our fundraisers.
  4. Recruit a minimum of 5 people to participate in our Dirty Dog 5K Race.
  5. Attend church and Jr. High on a regular basis
  6. Attend ALL of the team meetings and/or fundraising events

ARE THERE ANY MANDATORY EVENTS OR MEETINGS THAT I MUST ATTEND?

Yes. We will require that everyone participate in our Dog Wash & Dirty Dog 5K on Saturday, July 16, 2022 (note – the day BEFORE we leave). There is a significant cost to pulling off these trips and it is critical that everyone participates and helps in our fundraising efforts. We will be recruiting parents and youth to be a part of our Dog Wash & Dirty Dog 5K planning team. Watch for information about this coming very soon. Our expectation is that everyone either participates or volunteers in the race/walk and/or volunteers for the Dog Wash.

We will also have a team meeting on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 where we will cover our agenda, covenant, expectations, packing lists and much more. We will introduce you to our leadership team and our Youth Ministries Summer Assistant, Maddie Stiles, who will be attending this trip to Cincinnati as well.

IMPORTANT DATES:

Tuesday, February 1, 2022 DEPOSIT & ALL PAPERWORK DUE

Sunday, May 1, 2022 BALANCES MUST BE PAID IN FULL

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 TEAM MEETING 6pm

Monday, August 1, 2022 Post-Trip REUNION & Worship Planning 12PM – 1:30PM

Sunday, August 7, 2022 Mission Trip Worship Service 10AM – 11AM

   *All dates are tentative and subject to change

WHAT NOW?

Stay in touch and watch our weekly email and our social media for regular updates. You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram @waypointym or search Avon Lake U.C.C. Youth Ministries on Facebook. Every Friday we sent out an email with updates for all of our youth ministry programming. If you don’t receive these emails, I encourage you to sign-up HERE to be added to our mailing list.