High School Mission Trip
This summer we're heading to:
Erie, Pennsylvania, July 9th - July 16th, 2022
Please note: all participants 18 & older (adults & students) must have a background check.
Calvary will handle the background checks and submit proof to Group Mission Trips.
What organization are we serving through?
Group Mission Trips is organizing this trip. You can learn more about them at GroupMissionTrips.com.
Who can go?
Students at least 14 years old OR entering the 9th grade in the fall of the same year as your trip (this means 8th-grade students who will be incoming freshmen in the Fall of 2022). High school seniors who graduated in the spring of 2022 can also go.
What's the cost?
The registration fee is $486 per participant. We ask parents to pay $250 (including a $50 non-refundable deposit). Calvary will cover the rest.
Below is the payment schedule:
1st Payment: Oct 31st, 2021 - $50 Deposit (INCLUDING SIGN UP WITH CALVARY)
2nd Payment: March 15th, 2022 - $100
3rd Payment: May 15th, 2022 - $100
If cost is an issue, please let Kyle know either in person or via email.
What's Group Mission Trip's COVID-19 Plan
Group Mission Trips has prepared a detailed list of many of the possibilities they could use to add precautions to sleeping arrangements, worksites, large-group gatherings, food prep, and more.
What about sleeping and shower?
Participants will stay in a lodging facility that does NOT have air-conditioning. Please plan on bringing fans. There are 12 (open with dividers) showers for females and 12 (open) for males at the lodging facility.
How we'll serve:
Many elderly and disabled residents need assistance with exterior projects. Your group will improve homes replacing gutters, helping the house-bound access to the community with the aid of a wheelchair ramp, and sprucing up many weather-beaten homes with paint and siding—all while enjoying the beauty of this great lake community.
This year's theme:
Every year Group Mission Trips picks a theme for their program and the faith formation components of the trip this year that theme is Go Serve
The idea of serving is a central part of any mission trip. Everyone knows they are going to serve when they decide to go. But why serve? What is it about serving that is appealing – so dynamic. We experience pressures in our lives. Pressures push and pull us toward focusing on ourselves instead of others. Serving changes our focus from the internal to the external. We have a chance to get outside of ourselves and reorient our lives around others and around God. Galatians 5:13 puts it this way, “For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.” (NLT).
In 2022 Group Mission Trips will be calling everyone to Go Serve. On each trip, we will focus on God’s call on us to serve in freedom. We will discover that Jesus is the reason we serve. We will learn that serving is a way to give praise to God. We will challenge ourselves to serve even when no one notices. We will remember that the ultimate example of service is Jesus’ humility and willingness to die for us. And we will discover that God blesses us when we serve.
To learn more about the theme, click the picture below.
About Erie, PA
The boroughs adjacent to Erie, PA have seen a cultural change over the last several years as major industrial businesses have left and caused the community to rely on tourism for the foundation of their economy.
This beautiful area draws many tourists, being only two hours from Niagara Falls and directly along the lengthy shores of Lake Erie. Welch’s grapes are also grown here and are a great excuse to enjoy grape jelly or juice! However, the same weather that makes Erie perfect for growing delicious grapes creates harsh winters along the south shore of the lake that boasts the “Best Sunsets in the World.”
Nonetheless, tourism is slight during the harsh winters and many businesses have struggled to survive during the off-season. With such, residents need your assistance to help preserve the beautiful community of homes in the city. We can guarantee your week of service will greatly impact the residents of Erie and you will not regret taking a week off to be around the amazing city and people of Erie.