Many YG fish view our winter Mission Trip as a highlight of their YG year. Perhaps the Mission Trip is better understood simply as an extraordinary, life-changing pilgrimage.
The YG Mission Trip takes place during the New Canaan public school’s winter vacation. Going on a Mission Trip is a life-changing experience. When youth have the opportunity to work on meaningful service projects with our host partners, they learn God has blessed them with the love and power to change the world.
The Mission Trip is probably best understood simply as an extraordinary, transformational pilgrimage. Five months of weekly YG experiences based in love, covenant, and participation lay the foundation for the trip. This pilgrimage is rooted in love and service. We have the privilege and blessing to work alongside a partner community and to explore our faith together.
Mission Trips are a way for youth to learn about and live out the Christian call to service and love of neighbor. We do not go on Mission Trips simply because we can. We go because we recognize and embrace God’s love for us and God’s desire for us to share that love with others and be in community. Putting our faith into action is transformative, and the experiences that youth have on these trips impact them for the rest of their lives.
YG Mission Trip Details
The YG Mission Trip is nine days long, with a balance of hard work and fun designed to bring a ministry of love and hope to those in need. Participants leave our trip with a changed perspective on their world, and a better understanding of the difficulties faced by those who suffer the burdens of poverty, disability, and neglect.
The program on the Mission Trip includes group work projects, meaningful interactions with community members, prayer, vespers, and worship. During the trip the youth will help repair existing structures and build new ones. They will work in teams supervised by a YG Advisor and a skilled builder. Safety on the worksite is a priority.
On the Thursday night before we depart, we gather for the Mission Trip Send-Off Dinner at the church. All youth and advisors who are going on the trip come together to share a meal and spend the night at the church before we leave early the next morning.
Our trip destinations are typically sites that are not conducive to using ground transportation from New Canaan. Therefore, we use buses to get to the airport and then fly to our destination. Once we arrive at our destination we use buses or vans for transportation.
About Our Team
Our Youth Ministries staff lead the trip along with the Team Advisors. A squad of skilled builders comes to lead the work projects, a logistics team and other adults also join us for this adventure to further assure that all the participants have a positive experience. We are even lucky enough to have YG alums come back to join the effort.