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Youth Mission Trip 2024: April 7 - 13

Updated: Apr 22

Group of youth going on mission trip standing in front of the church


Sunday, April 7th to Saturday, April 23rd


Charleston, South Carolina



About the Mission Trip

A mission trip is an opportunity for a group of people to practice living in intentional Christian community together. We travel to another community to learn about other people and serve them with love. However, the Mission Trip is not just a week of service, it is a 7- month commitment to participate in preparatory training, fundraising, the service week itself, and advocacy afterwards.

Why do we go?

So many reasons! We go because we feel compelled by the Gospel to care for the poor

and vulnerable of our world; because there is a deep need for helpers in this world; because we have so much love to share. Through this mission trip you’ll learn new skills, experience more of God’s amazing creation, form deep connections with friends new and old and have an experience you’ll never forget.

What organization will we work with?

Youth Mission Co. which is an agency that supports a variety of different mission projects in Charleston. The agency coordinates our worksites to ensure that we are helping on the ground with local groups embedded in the community.

What kind of work will we do?

We will be doing urban ministry. Our group will be divided into work teams serving at various sites throughout the week. Each work team is led by student leaders with adult support. The worksites will include food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless and foster care shelters, and healthcare facilities. We will prepare and serve meals, sort donations, meet and talk with clients, clean residential facilities and so much more. We will also tour historic Charleston and find some fun things to do during the week! We will sleep in bunk beds, dormitory style.

Is it safe to travel on a Mission Trip?

There is always some level of risk involved in traveling to an unfamiliar destination and trying new things – whether it’s a worksite injury, COVID-19, or just plain old homesickness. By training and preparing in advance, counting on experienced and reliable adult chaperones, and working closely with our local partners, we have a long track record of running successful and safe Mission Trips.

The Details for Mission Trip 2024

Who can go?

This trip is open to any 9th through 12th graders and will be chaperoned by our adult Advisors.

Can I bring a friend? YES! Friends are highly encouraged, and we offer a $100 discount if you bring a friend from outside First Church.

When will we go?

During GHS April Break, Sunday, April 7 - Saturday April 13, 2024. We will depart on April 7 and return on April 13, times of departure and return will be announced.

How will we get there?

We will fly to Charleston, SC and use rental vans to travel during our week.

Where will we stay?

We will stay at

Charleston Atlantic Presbytery Headquarters

4701 Park Place West

North Charleston, SC 29405

What is the cost?

The cost is $800 per participant. A $100 deposit is due by October 8. Financial assistance is available. Please talk to Rev. Andrew Wicks for further details.

When are the Mission Trip meetings?

Participants are required to attend our mandatory monthly Mission Focused SHF Sessions on

  • October 8

  • November 5

  • January 7

  • February 11

  • March 10

  • March 24

  • April 6 send-off meal

  • April 7 (Commissioning)

  • April 28 reflective worship service

What if I have more questions? Please contact Rev. Andrew Wicks

Registering for the Mission Trip

To get signed up for the mission trip, start by filling out the permission form.


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