As our students grow and mature in their faith, we want to continue to push and challenge them in their spiritual walks. We want to give our students opportunities to serve others—within the church, in Houston, and outside our city. Someday maybe even outside of the country!
That’s why this Summer, as a youth group, we are going on a mission trip to San Antonio. Some of you may have already heard, but we will not be going back to Camp Eagle this year. We might go back in future years, but for now, we are planning to make our summer event together a mission trip. We feel that this is the best way to continue to deepen the faith of our youth, and expose them to a greater sense of what it means to serve God.
We are partnering with Blueprint Ministries in San Antonio to take our students down to serve the week of July 23rd-28th.
Blueprint’s mission is to be an expression of Christ’s love in San Antonio through the restoration of homes. And so when we go down there this summer, that’s what we’ll be doing! We’ll be serving God as his hands and feet, seeking to be an expression of Christ’s love.
We’ll spend our mornings and early afternoons throughout the week on different service projects throughout the city, working on homes, getting to know families, sharing our faith, and ultimately serving the people there. Our students will be split up into teams and some of the projects they’ll be on are: painting, repairing roofs and floors, laying sheetrock and cleaning up the community.
The best part about this mission trip is that it will still very much have a high energy, fun “camp” feel! During the day we will be serving together and once we get back to the facility we are staying at, we’ll have time for games, free time, teaching, worship, and “family time”.
Registration is live! Below is the link to register. As of now we have only 40 spots available for students. I am expecting that we will fill these up VERY quickly seeing as our Spring Retreat registration was 47 and this trip is open to our current 5th graders as well.
Q: When are we leaving and when are we coming home?
A: We will be leaving from the church on July 23rd and coming home on July 28th. We do not have specific times yet for when we will be departing/arriving home.
Q: How do I get on the waitlist?
A: Once our registration is full, the online registration should automatically close. Once it does, email me to be put on the waitlist. If we get additional spots from camp, or people drop, it will be first come, first serve.
Q: How much does camp cost and what does this money go to?
A: The cost for camp is $475. This covers Blueprint’s registration fee, t-shirts, supplies, a fun kick-off night, our van rentals for the week, and it covers the entire cost for all of our leaders who are giving up a week to serve. The only additional cost will be for food while traveling.
For each additional student after your first, the cost is $425. We have done this to help families who have multiple students interested in coming! There are two ways to do this: You can sign up each of your students and pay their deposit and then you can write one check to cover the total remaining balance. The other option is to register each child individually and pay the $475 per person. Afterwards, we can refund the extra $50 you paid for the additional students. If you have multiple kids and need additional help, please reach out about scholarships.
Q: What happens if I sign my child up and then they are not able to go?
A: Simple! Email Richmond to let him know as soon as possible. The $100 deposit is refundable, or we can apply it to scholarship additional students.
Q: Are Scholarships available?
A: Yes! We have some partial scholarships available to help families in need. If interested, please go ahead and sign up your student and pay the $100 deposit to secure their spot. Feel free to call before you do so if you would like! Our hope is that we can offer partial scholarships so that we can bless more people, but if you need a full scholarship, please don't hesitate to say so. We will refund the deposit if we are able to give a full scholarship.
Over the past few weeks I’ve gotten several questions from Parents. I wanted to take the time to answer a few of them and provide some clarity for the trip!
Here is a link to Blueprint’s FAQ http://www.blueprintministry.com/campfaq/
Q: My kid is going and I would love to come too! Can I come and serve as a volunteer leader?
A: Thank you for your desire to serve with us! We currently have limited spots available for leaders to come. A huge part of our ministry philosophy is that our students are relationally connected to volunteer leaders. Our priority for this trip is for our weekly Student Ministry small group leaders to lead with us on the trip. They are relationally connected to our students and the opportunity to spend a week with the students they lead is extremely important! However, if we need to additional leaders then we would love for some parents to come with us as long as their intention for coming is to shepherd and invest in the entire group. If you are interested, please let me know!
I would also highly recommend signing up as a family to go on our 3 day trip to serve with Galveston Urban Ministries!
Q: Where will they be staying?
A: Blueprint has a large facility that can sleep over 140 people with separate areas for boys and girls.
Q: If my child can only come for part of the week, is that okay?
A: Unfortunately, because we have limited spots, we want all of the students who come to stay for the duration of the trip.