The following youth mission trips, conferences and camps are recommended by EPC Student Ministries. All communications and registrations are handled directly with the ministry contacts listed below and not with EPC Student Ministries.
Appalachian Impact 2011 - Menifee County in Eastern Kentucky
In 22 of Kentucky's Appalachian counties, more than 10% of occupied housing units are in substandard condition. No running water or indoor plumbing... crumbling foundations... sagging roofs... The median income of this region averages 50% below the U.S. median income. For over 20 years, the EPC has developed a relationship within this community through the Appalachian Impact experience. For novices and veterans alike, Appalachian Impact has been a life changing and faith transforming experience. It is ideal as a level I or II trip for middle and high school students, or for mission trip veterans. It is primarily work project oriented through the renovation of homes for the elderly and needy. There are additional opportunities for children's VBS and community outreach activities, including a literacy program and thrift store located at Project Worth. Accommodations are at the Four Seasons Campground which features air conditioned cabins, a large in-ground swimming pool, chapel, hotel, and dining hall. Any student or leader who has participated on Appalachian Impact before knows full well why this is a very popular mission trip.
Student Ministries (SM) is excited to introduce one new aspect of this trip. SM is committed to a missional approach to ministry, whereby, it seeks to identify, equip and support youth leaders and youth groups as they seek to reach the world around them. Therefore, the role of SM is shifting from one of running and maintaining programs to one of mobilizing local church communities. Grace Chapel EPC of Farmington Hills, Michigan feels called as a community to both love and serve God in Menifee County, Kentucky by leading the Appalachian Impact mission trip. Grace Chapel seeks to follow a very similar model to that used by SM and SM staff will be helping with the transition of leadership for 2011.
July 10 - July 16, 2011
For: 6th - 12th grade students
Capacity: 100 per week
Cost: $400 per person (includes housing, meals, t-shirt, sport bottle, and building supplies)
Housing: Four Seasons Campground, Salt Lick KY
Dan Rose, Family & Student Ministries, Grace Chapel EPC - 248.488.0151
REGISTRATION BEGINS ON JANUARY 6, 2011
Download the following documents to get the registration process started:
Border Transitions Ministry, Inc. - Laredo, Texas / Nuevo, Mexico
Border Transitions Ministry exists to serve the spiritually, physically, and financially poor in Southern Texas and Northern Mexico border region. EPC missionaries, John & Diane Davis (First EPC in Laredo) invite you to Laredo, TX to serve the poor through food ministry, construction projects, VBS, sports camp, adult education, and medical care. They can tailor your trip according to your group’s skills and needs. Translators are provided, if needed. This is a level II or III mission opportunity that is customizable for small to mid-size groups to serve alongside a church that loves and serves on the front lines in poor colonias within the Laredo region. Currently no groups will be traveling to Nuevo Laredo, MX. However, there are numerous needs and ministry opportunities to serve the poor in Texas!
Contact: John & Diane Davis, (956) 763-4051, or 956-285-6176
The WadeCenter - Bluefield, West Virginia
The WadeCenter was founded by an EPC Pastor and is a year-round outreach/ministry to at-risk children and youth. Every summer, the WadeCenter provides a complete Urban-Appalachian project experience that is virtually effortless for church youth leaders – they take care of everything! The WadeCenter provides the meals, housing, construction materials, programs, oversight, and spiritual growth opportunities. They also offer an "Adventure Day" where your youth will be able to experience more of the West Virginia frontier through activities, such as: White water rafting, zip lining and completing a ropes course. Your youth will finish the day by playing on AdventureLake. This is an excellent level I or II experience for high school and mature middle school students. The week includes construction, home renovation, summer camp, tutoring, mentoring, VBS and sports outreach. They can customize your trip according to your needs. The cost is $350 per person for 6 days, or $325 if registered prior to Feb 18th. The summer dates available are from June 11 – August 6. The camp runs from Saturday evening () thru Friday morning (). Early spring dates and winter ski weekends are also available. For more information, visit their websites: www.wadecenter.com and www.wademissions.com.
Contact: Kathryn Vicars, (304) 323-3777 ext. 229,
Trinity Christian Community - New Orleans, Louisiana
TCC was founded in 1967, bringing hope to “The city that care forgot.” EPC missionaries Kevin and Sandy Brown invite you partner in their mission of “Changing kid’s views of themselves and their futures, giving them hope for a better tomorrow.” They offer week-long experiences at their facility located in the Hollygrove community of New Orleans. The center includes on-site housing, full commercial kitchen and dining facilities. From repairing a home (post-Katrina) to leading a week of VacationBibleSchool, they will work with you to custom-design a trip that will leave a lasting impact on both the community and your youth group. Previous trips have included construction, VBS type youth programs, prayer walks, evangelistic outreaches, drama, sports and more. This is a level II type experience intended for high school and college students. For more information, visit www.tccno.org.
EPC Pastor, Dr. Paul Husband (Tunica EPC) invites you to partner with TCM to minister to low-income families and children in a very tangible way. Students will minister through Vacation Bible School, construction projects, sports evangelism, orphanage and prison witnessing, and community service projects. This is a level II experience targeted for high school and college students. The Tunica area is a small community with a history of agriculture and segregation. It lies on the fringe of the third largest gambling region in the U.S., after Las Vegas and Atlantic City. The cost is $250 per participant which includes room, board and construction materials. Contact: Paul Husband: (662) 357-3837, .
Jamaica Missions - Mandeville, Jamaica
Mission trips to Jamaica offer a wide variety of level III ministry opportunities. Past undertakings by many EPC churches have included construction projects and ministry to local residents. Teams have painted, repaired roofs, poured concrete for churches and homes. They have visited orphanages, local schools, and state-run hospitals. This is all done with the ultimate goal of tangibly sharing the love of Christ to those in need. The team stays at Bethel Christian Retreat in Mandeville. This is situated in the beautiful mountains of central Jamaica. The cabins are clean, but there is no hot water for showers. There are accommodations for meetings and dining. For a 7-10 day stay, the fee for the camp may vary, so call for more information. Contact: Reservations can be made by contacting the camp director, Dean Dawson. He can be reached by phone at 1-876/965.7453 or by fax at 1-876/965.7454. Be sure to check out Bethel's website, www.bethelmission.org.
If you would like to speak to someone who has gone before, contact Sonny Flowers at River Oaks Community Church (EPC), (336) 766-0033, .
Helping Out Small & New EPC Churches
Across the EPC, there are many new & smaller churches that are in the beginning stages of growth and putting down roots in their communities. Some of them are open to have EPC youth groups come along side to help them in their outreach efforts, whether it's helping to run a VBS, doing service projects in the community, etc. If your church is interested in helping an upstart EPC church carve out its identity for Kingdom purposes, please contact the EPC Student Ministries Office.
Son Servants is the mission’s arm of YCM. They offer multiple 5-day domestic and international mission experiences for middle school and high school students. Several EPC youth groups participate in Son Servant trips each year. Visit their website for specific trip dates and locations at http://ycmhome.org/son-servants or check out this website for additional trips www.ycmhome.org/sonservants/tripdetails.
Aventures in Missions (AIM)
AIM provides a comprehensive list of foreign and domestic mission trips for middle school, high school, college students, and adults. Several EPC churches participate in AIM sponsored trips each year. www.adventures.org
Recommended Summer Conferences
EPC Student Ministries Committee no longer runs its own summer youth conferences, however we endorse several conference options that are evangelical, reformed, and fun as all get out! These conferences have a good EPC participation across the board and are inviting new EPC churches to hop on board! Since each conference has its own unique personality, please feel free to contact EPC Student Ministries to help you decide which one is the best fit for you and your students.
The Edge [for Jr. High students]
The EDGE is a junior high student conference that is centered around relationship building with solid Reformed theology. The conference is held on the campus of Covenant College on beautiful Lookout Mountain, GA just outside Chattanooga, TN. The conference is generally held the last two weeks of June. For more information, go to their website at www.theedgeconference.org
Fun in the Son [for Sr. High Students]
Youth Conference Ministries (formerly known as PFR), has been providing these high energy, oceanfront conferences for many years. Several EPC youth groups make this trip an annual event on their summer calendar. The locations are generally San Padre Island, TX and Jekyll Island, GA, around mid-July; however, check their website for more information: http://ycmhome.org/fun-in-the-son or for more trips see, www.ycmhome.org
The Great Escape [for Jr. High students]
Youth Conference Ministries (see above) has also been offering a fjhabulous summer conference for middle school students. There are usually around 9 conferences in 7 locations each year, see their website for more details http://ycmhome.org/the-great-escape or for more trips see www.ycmhome.org
Reformed Youth Movement [for Jr. & Sr. High student]
Reformed Youth Movement's (RYM) exists to serve the church in reaching junior and senior high school students for Christ and equipping them to serve. The RYM conferences minister to a host of EPC churches through its combination of Reformed teaching and outrageous fun. Conferences are generally scheduled for Florida, Colorado, and the Pacific Northwest, see their website for more information and details, http://rymonline.org.