New York Mission Trip 2024


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New York Mission Trip 2024

    12.15.23 | Youth Ministry by Stephen Haverstick

    June 7-9, 2024

    WHY: Many times Jesus teaches a new, different way of living and a new, different type of world he’s creating—one built on love, joy, peace, hope, justice, healing, and self-sacrifice. He refers to this as the Kingdom of God…and the Church's PURPOSE is to bring the Kingdom Come. We bring a taste of Heaven on Earth when we participate in this way of life, especially when we step outside of our own culture, comfort, and status to care for those suffering in poverty and underprivileged. Yes, our time in New York will be a little taste of doing that ourselves—maybe even for the first time—but even more so it will be an opportunity to be with those who are different than us, and to see the Kingdom of God in every person we meet. We’ll receive as much from them as we’ll give by serving. And you’re not going to be able to spend a weekend in New York for less money than this!

    We hope you’ll join us as we walk into new places that will teach us what PURPOSE looks like in the Kingdom of God.

    WHO: High School students are eligible for this trip.

    • Space is limited to 10 students! There will be 6 adult leaders 18+.
    • Sign-up here to reserve your spot

    WHEN: June 7-9



    • Arrive at the University Soup Kitchen in Lower Manhatten @ 7:30am
    • Prepare food for breakfast and lunch meals
    • Serve restaurant style to over 500 people experiencing homelessness in NYC
    • We also may help handle clothing donations
    • Following our work Saturday, our evening will include a little exploring in the city, pizza dinner in Little Italy with the Italian Elvis, and debrief discussion.


    • Worship Service @ Trinity 11am
    • Leave for home immediately following worship
    • Stop for lunch on way back; Arrive in Hershey ~ 6pm

    Cost: $150 for students; $75 for leaders

    • 50% deposit upon signup; Cost may go down slightly after fundraiser
    • Payment should be dropped off/mailed to church office with note “NYC Mission Trip” or given directly to Stephen
    • Cash or Check. Checks written to First UMC Hershey
    • Payment transferable (to another participant), but not refundable
    • There are scholarships available. Please contact Stephen if interested.

    Other Important Notes:

    • We are staying in Trinity’s youth hostel again! It's more like camping than staying at a hotel. We’ll be sleeping on the floor with floor mats provided. We can also bring air mattresses. There are only 2 bathrooms and 1 shower, so we set up a personal care schedule. We will be very safe, just out of our comfort zone. This was chosen to stay in the same neighborhood we are serving (just a 12 minute walk!), to save money, and experience something a little closer to what most New Yorkers live on a daily basis.
    • Plan to bring $50 for lunch Friday, church offering, and lunch Sunday
    • You will be required to attend a pre-trip meeting in the Spring (tbd based on peoples’ schedules). We’ll primarily use this time to discuss/reflect on WHY we’re going, learn about NYC and homelessness, and talk about logistics so we’re prepared to make the most of our weekend together.
    • There is a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser on January 21, 2024 to benefit the Youth&Young Adult Ministry. A significant portion of this fundraiser will go towards the cost of the NYC Mission Trip. It is strongly encouraged that those signing up for the mission trip participate in the fundraiser through selling tickets prior to the event or helping on January 21.