Just a reminder that we are meeting at Railroad Park on Thursday, June 8 at 6:30 for pickup! Please bring a chair or blanket for your family to sit on!
What: Middle School Mission Trip to Birmingham, Alabama
When: June 4-8, 2017
With: Urban Ministries (http://urban-ministry.org)
Cost: $250 per person
Overview about the program:
The Joe Rush Center for Urban Mission provides opportunities for groups to experience inner-city ministry by painting houses for low-income homeowners throughout Jefferson County.
Our goal is to grow reciprocal relationships through ministry, and our vision is that those who come to serve with us in ministry benefit from the experience just as much as those we serve here in Birmingham.
About the mission camps:
We offer full-service mission camps for middle school, high school, college-aged and older groups. The goal of the Rush Camp is to strengthen relationships between volunteer groups and homeowners in the community over a can of paint and a paint brush. During your time with us, your group will consider important issues from a Christian perspective such as poverty, racism, and affordable housing. Groups will work during the day and reflect on their service in the evening.
About where we will stay:
Our dorm is located in the education building of Walnut Grove UMC in Midfield, Alabama. It was renovated in 2004 with shower facilities and an industrial kitchen. We can accommodate up to 80 people in bunk-style dorm rooms. This is a mission trip, students will not be allowed to leave and comeback. Youth will not be allowed cell phones while on the trip.
What will we be doing?
In a summer mission week with the Joe Rush Center, you will do many things, but none more important than modeling and being open to Christian relationship. We experience Christ in relationship; this week you will have the opportunity to experience Christ through a homeowner whose home you will be painting, through others in your group, through your leaders, and through staff. And these folks will have opportunity to experience Christ in you! Our groups paint the exteriors of homes for low-income homeowners, most of whom are elderly or disabled. You will have the opportunity to offer dignity and compassion to someone just by picking up a paintbrush.
What is the daily routine?
After breakfast, work groups typically get going by 8:30 and arrive at a home before 9 a.m. The work is not strenuous. There may be some scraping, some ladder work (with a ladder buddy!), and painting with brushes or rollers. We break for lunch at noon. Some time between 3 pm and 3:30 pm (or perhaps later), the group will reach a good stopping place and begin cleaning up. Afterwards, each night we will have a community events activity.
What do we eat?
Volunteers share the responsibility of preparing (and cleaning up) their own meals from food provided by the Joe Rush Center. Sandwich lunches may be prepared in the morning or at the lunch site and are typically eaten at the work site. Dinner options typically include lasagna, hamburgers, taco salad, chicken fingers, and chicken pot pie. Coolers with Gatorade are available to be taken to the work sites.