Youth Helping othersWe believe students can make a positive impact on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of our community!
Serving one another gives us opportunities to express ourselves and build our leadership skills. We offer a number of opportunities to serve within our church community: reading scripture in worship, serving communion, representing youth interests on Leadership Council and other church committees and hosting the J.O.Y. Luncheon annually.
In the World
Active youth are eligible to apply for summer trips.
Our 7th & 8th graders traditionally lead a one-week Vacation Bible school in L’anse in Michigan’s upper peninsula in cooperation with the Zeba and L’anse United Methodist Churches. In 2020 we will celebrate the 25th anniversary of this ministry!
Ninth through twelfth graders experience an eight– to ten-day trip to different destinations each summer, such as Appalachia, North Dakota, and Guatemala.
How is on a mission trip different than going to church, VBS, youth group, etc?
Living together in a faith community, like the one formed during a mission trip, allows walls to quickly come down and participants to consider their faith as an every-moment-of-life foundation rather than a compartmentalized dynamic that works itself into life on Sunday, during mission trips, or only with fellow believers.
Faith development is a life-long process and the mission trip is only one week a year. This experience is not a replacement for year-round activities, rather it serves to reinforce what is taught in the church in a unique context.
“Everybody has been raving for the longest time about how great this trip [Zeba] was and it lived up to its name! I got to lead VBS, eat food, eat more food, sing songs, jump off waterfalls, laugh, and so much more!” 7th grader
2020 Mission Trips
Scholarships: Lack of funds is not a reason for nonparticipation! We have funds available to provide financial assistance and all requests are confidential. Contact Wendy Everett at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to request a scholarship.
In the Community
Chelsea Retirement Center
For the past six years we have led the Sunday afternoon worship service and then held a reception for residents and friends of this United Methodist Retirement Community, which is about 30 minutes from Ann Arbor.
CROP Hunger Walk
In 2020, CROP will look a little different than it has in past years, but the need to address food insecurity remains. Stay tuned for details on how to address hunger in our community and the world.
Cass Community Social Services
We serve annual at Cass Community Social Services in Detroit on November election days in Ann Arbor so the public schools were closed. On our past trips to Cass, we have prepared meals, sorted food items in the pantry, cleaned the kitchen, made mudmats out of recycled tires, sorted paper for shredding/recycling, and worked out on exercise equipment that provided electricity to the Cass Green Building. It’s hard work but we have fun doing it together! We typically meet at the Green Wood site to carpool at 9am and return at 4pm.