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This year’s Youth Mission Trip won’t be just for those age 16 and up. Youth entering sixth grade through graduating seniors will be able to participate in local mission daytrips to address landscaping, painting, and small repairs at homes of those who cannot afford or are physically unable to do such work. Pastor Wayne Zschech will solicit potential job sites from Pastor Giselle Coutinho at Bridge of Peace in Fairview as well as other area pastors for parishioners and neighbors who need either cosmetic or structural home improvement and/or repairs. Any interested rising middle schooler or high schooler should contact Pastor Wayne by June 11 if they are interested in participating so sufficient adult supervision can be provided. Contact Pastor Wayne by email (wzschech@yahoo.com) or phone (856) 429-5122 at the church and leave a message if he is not available.

When the pandemic shuttered the Senior High Youth Mission Trip to work with Habitat for Humanity in Winston-Salem it also squashed the momentum the trip had established for over 15 years. With only two youth having expressed interest in the NC trip Pastor Wayne made the decision to make the trip a local one and to expand the age requirement for participants. “The success of the trip in past years was largely due to the excitement and hype provided by past participants,” said Pastor Wayne “With an age requirement of 16 by HFH and two years of pandemic-related shuttering all the past participants had graduated, leaving no one to talk up their experience to potential new mission-trippers. It was no wonder we only had three youth last year and only two this year. A local trip including youth of a larger age range will hopefully bring back the momentum we once had to return to NC and working with Habitat for Humanity.”