2021 Mission Trips

If we have learned anything over these past 11 months, it’s to be flexible. So, as I share a mission trip update, I ask that you continue to be flexible with the Youth Ministry Team as we begin planning for our 2021 Youth Mission Trips. 
Dates have been set for both the Jr. High and High School Mission Trips. I have spoken with both of our mission partners, and they are confident that they will be having groups this summer. I have also made a change to the number of mission trips, so that we don’t overschedule the summer, once families are able to travel again. I hope by getting these dates out now, you will be able to plan around them to ensure your child will be able to attend. 
The High School Trip will be to Hazard, and the dates are July 11-16. At this time, I do not have a cost, but the site has ensured me we can bring 35-40 youth.  
The Middle School Trip will be to Lexington, and the dates are June 26-July 1. At this time, I do not have a cost, but the site has ensured me we can bring 25-30 youth. 
I also am making a change on who is able to attend these trips. In the past we have always had students rising into 9th grade attend the High School Mission Trip. If we continued that this year, my Jr. High Mission Trip would be all first-time students, given we did not have a mission trips last year. This causes me concern because I will lack the leadership from those who have attended and are older. So, this year our Jr. High Trip will be for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. For our rising 9th grade youth, this will be their first time to Lexington, and I wouldn’t want them to miss out. They will also still get four high school trips. So, this means our High School Mission Trip will be for those who have graduated this year or are entering 10th, 11th, and 12th grade. 
More information will be coming next week. I hope to have a deadline for sign-ups and a cost for each trip. I appreciate your patience and look forward to a summer of service with the youth of Geist Christian Church. 

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