Youth Ministry at Fourth Presbyterian Church offers several mission and service opportunities for its youth, including summer mission trips for Senior Highs and a long-weekend mission oppportunity for Elevation six-graders. Our youth have participated in trips to Detroit, Northern Ireland, New Orleans, and Appalachian Kentucky and have completed volunteer work at the Special Olympics.
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2012 Work Camps
Senior Highs’ 2013 Work Camp in New Orleans
Saturday, July 6–Sunday, July 14, 2013
New Orleans, Louisiana
Mark your calendars for the 2013 Senior High Work Camp to New Orleans, Saturday, July 6–Sunday, July 14. We are working with Project Homecoming, which is supported by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Youth who will have completed Fourth Church Rising are welcome and strongly encouraged to attend with the rest of the Senior Highs.
Fourth Church has a strong history of mission in New Orleans after the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, having sent many groups in the past seven years. We are excited to continue this tradition during our Senior High Work Camp this summer. Our work with Project Homecoming will focus on home repairs and new home construction. Even seven years after Hurricane Katrina, there is still plenty of recovery work to be done. We will learn about the city of New Orleans and meet lots of people affected both by Hurricane Katrina and the work of Project Homecoming.
Click here to download the Work Camp 2013 Registration packet.
Click here to download the Project Homecoming Rules, Expectations, and Safety packet.
Please don’t hesitate to ask John or Kimberlee if you have any questions. Scholarships are available.
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Elevation’s 2013 Work Camp in Detroit
Thursday, July 25–Sunday, July 28, 2013
Register by Sunday, May 19
Mark your calendars for the 2013 Elevation Work Camp to Detroit, Michigan, Thursday, July 25–Sunday, July 28.
Last year Elevation volunteered in Indianapolis with Westminster Neighborhood Ministry, helping with its garden and food pantry, and Julian Center’s Thrifty Threads store, organizing its donations and learning more about how the Julian Center works to end domestic violence. Check back soon for details on our volunteer placements in Detroit!
Work Camp forms and fees are due by Sunday, May 19. Scholarships are available. In the registration form you’ll find more details and information.
Click here to download the Work Camp 2013 Registration form.
Click here to download the Youth Medical form.
Click here to download the Youth Group Covenant.
For more information, contact Sarah Bennett (312.274.3834).
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2012 Summer Trips
Senior Highs Summer Work Camp
with the Housing Development Alliance in Hazard, Kentucky
Saturday, June 23–Saturday, June 30
This year’s work camp brought Senior Highs and their leaders to Hazard, Kentucky to work with the Housing Development Alliance. Through the HDA we spent our week repairing homes in Perry County, working with professional carpenters to bring housing to those who need it most. We stayed at First Presbyterian Church of Hazard and worshiped with them on Sunday morning. Through our work and the relationships we built in Hazard, we learned about the local Appalachian culture and joined in the great things God is already doing there.
Read what our youth are saying about the work camp experience:
I realized that throughout the whole week the main reason I was working so hard and never giving up, was because God was living through me. - Johanna Mintz
I have come out of this experience with a new sense of who I am and what it means to be a Christian. - Emma Richardson
For more information about Senior Highs or their summer work camp trip, contact Kimberlee Frost (312.981.4035).
Elevation Summer Work Camp
Thursday, July 12–Sunday, July 15
Elevation youth and their adult leaders were in Indianapolis on Thursday, July 12 through Sunday, July 15 for their summer work camp trip. The group was based at Second Presbyterian Church in Meridian and volunteered with Westminster Neighborhood Ministry, helping with its garden and food pantry, and Julian Center’s Thrifty Threads store, organizing its donations and learning more about how the Julian Center works to end domestic violence.
On Sunday the group worshiped with the congregation of Second Presbyterian Church before heading back to Chicago.
Updates about the trip are posted on the Fourth Church Youth page on Facebook.
For more information about Elevation or their summer work camp trip, contact Sarah Bennett (312.274.3834).
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