Jr. High Serve Local 2021


All students who register for our summer experiences BY Sunday, March 14 at midnight will be entered into a drawing to win either a 2021 Season Pass to Cedar Point or a FREE Registration for one of our summer 2021 service experiences…winner’s choice.
A winner will be selected at JH Youth Group on Monday, March 15.

The pandemic continue to impact our normal summer youth ministry programming. Without a vaccine available to children under the age of 16 we had no choice but to cancel our normal JH Mission Trip to Cincinnati this summer. In its place we are offering a three-day experience called the JH Summer Serve Local Experience that will run from Tuesday, July 13 – Thursday, July 15, 2021. A few details regarding this experience:

  1. Each day will go from 11:30AM – 10:00PM. We are asking everyone who signs up to fully participate in each day from start to finish. We realize that many of you may have other obligations, commitments and opportunities. We ask that you treat this as if you were out of town and unavailable to do anything else.
  2. We are exploring a number of local service opportunities currently including a 3-day immersion experience at one of our mission partner churches. The need in our communities is great and continues to grow the longer we are in the midst of this pandemic. We will not have any shortage of opportunity to serve.
  3. This experience is open to all students CURRENTLY in the 7th & 8th grade. Space is limited.
  4. You can register for this experience by filling out the forms below.
  5. Download the Information Packet HERE.

WHAT IS THE JH SUMMER SERVE EXPERIENCE? 
This experience is a three-day opportunity to gather with other young people from our church family and serve in a variety of capacities…locally all while experiencing as much of our JH Mission Trip culture as possible. We will be partnering with a variety of agencies and churches to arrange for projects and experiences that will allow us to do as much good as we possibly can in one short week.  

WHAT WILL WE BE DOING? 
We will be doing all sorts of stuff – big and small – to help those in this community. It could be anything from painting a house to cleaning a beach, from serving a community meal to tending to a community garden. It could anything from building bunk beds to sorting food, from playing games with children to making care bags for those in addiction recovery. To say there will be a lot of variety to what we do…that’s putting it mildly.  

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 decisions surrounding these trips. We are utilizing recommendations from the American Camping Association (www.acacamps.org) for procedures, directives and strategies to hold this experience in the safest way possible. 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.  

WILL THERE BE ANYTHING FUN TO DO? 
Of course! You will find us playing games and doing giveaways and laughing a lot throughout the week. The real fun comes when you realize the impact you are having in serving others. The real fun comes when you begin to forge relationships you never knew you were missing. I guarantee you one thing…you will have a LOT of fun.  

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THIS EXPERIENCE?
Our JH Summer Serve Local Experience is open to all students currently in grades 7 and 8. Don’t miss out! You do NOT have to be a member of our church or a member of any church to attend this trip. Space is limited! 

WHEN IS THIS EXPERIENCE? 
This experience will run daily from 11:30AM – 10:00PM, Tuesday, July 13th – Wednesday, July 15th. We are asking all participants to commit to participating for the entire experience. Not leaving for a baseball game. Not coming after work. Not tonight because I have to babysit. Please treat this like we are on the other side of the country and none of those things would be possible.  

HOW MUCH WILL THIS EXPERIENCE COST? 
This experience will cost $200 for church members and $250 for non-church members. The cost will include two meals each day, transportation to and from job-sites, a t-shirt, guidebook, project materials and much more. A $100, non-refundable deposit is due by March 1, 2021 to secure your spot. All balances must be paid in FULL by May 1, 2021. 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 TO AND FROM OUR PROJECTS?
Our team of Serve Local Leaders will drive students to and from projects throughout the week. Students are NOT permitted to drive themselves or others to or from projects.  

WHAT WILL WE DO FOR FOOD? 
Our Food Crew team will be preparing our meals each and every day of the experience. You will not go hungry. Trust me. 

WHO WILL CHAPERONE THIS EXPERIENCE? 
This year’s JH Summer Serve Local Experience will be chaperoned and led by our Director of Youth Ministries, Nate Taylor and a team of 26 other adult members of our church.  

WHAT FORMS DO I NEED TO FILL OUT TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS EXPERIENCE? 
Currently there are three forms that we need to have completed for your participation. We will possibly be adding a COVID-19 waiver closer to the experience as well. All of these links will be available in our weekly email as well. 

2021 JH Summer Serve Local Experience Registration Form: 
https://avonlakeucc.breezechms.com/form/jhsummerservelocal21
2020-21 ALUCC Registration & Waiver/Release Form:
https://avonlakeucc.breezechms.com/form/waypointymregistration2021
2021 Summer Serve Local Experience Emergency Consent Form – NOTE: Please wait until May to complete
https://avonlakeucc.breezechms.com/form/servelocalemergencyconsent21

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO SIGN-UP FOR THIS EXPERIENCE? 
There a number of things you need to do to participate in this years’ experience. The first and most important is to pray about this opportunity. Are you ready and willing to serve God and the people in our community? Next you will need to do the following:
1.  Complete all of the forms required to go on the trip
2.  Turn in your $100, non-refundable deposit by March 1, 2021
3.  Sign-up a minimum of 2 teams for our Cabin Fever Cornhole Tournament
4.  Help us spread the word about a possible Buffalo Wild Wings or Salad Kraze fundraiser
5. Attend church and JH Youth Group on a regular basis
6.  Get ready for an awesome experience!