2011 Mission Trip

Mission Trip 2011 crew outside Brighton Allston UCC


Boston (City Mission Society of Boston)
On June 24-27, 2011, eleven youth and seven adult advisors took part in First Church's first homelessness-centered mission trip.  Traveling to Boston early on Friday morning, the group went right to work at sites in Brighton and Roxbury, then took a church heritage tour around Boston Common led by Carl McDonald, our liaison from the City Mission Society of Boston.  On Saturday, our group split up again to hand out sandwiches at Boston Common and to make and serve lunch at Pilgrim Church in Dorchester.  In the evening, three formerly homeless adults shared t heir stories of varied experiences, which helped open hearts and minds to people who find themselves without a home or who choose to leave homes for their safety. 
On Sunday morning, the group worshiped at Old South church in downtown Boston, then walked 1 1/2 miles over to Quincy Market for lunch.  That evening, we drove down to Pilgrim Church in Duxbury, MA, where Senior Pastor Todd Vetter and his family welcomed us and hosted us for dinner and let us stay overnight. 
On the final day of the trip, we drove over to Chepachet, Rhode Island, to experience together a challenge course at Harmony Hill School.  The facilitators led us through four group-challenging and building activities before we got to go up higher for the catwalk and swing.  With the exhiliration of high ropes behind us, we drove home to share our experiences of God and neighbor in Boston and beyond.

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