Mission and service gifts support many church programs. The Youth and Young Adult Vision Fund was established by General Council in 1994. Listen to how a grant from the fund helped to enrich many lives.
On June 24, 2012, to the sounds of “Good People” by Great Big Sea, the congregation of the United Church in Quispamsis, New Brunswick, sent five youth and two adult leaders on their very first mission trip! For months before their departure, the youth shared their planning adventures with the congregation and collected summer jackets to take on their trip and give away in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Flight restrictions limited their luggage, so they allotted precious space to the jackets.
Sleeping in United Churches and showering at local pools, they saw the sights of Newfoundland and Labrador. They made the rocky ferry ride to St. Pierre (the French island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence) and befriended the youth of St. James United Church in St. John’s.
Their greatest adventure took place July 4, when the five youth went to Gower Street United Church to help with the Wednesday Lunch Program for at-risk-youth, those who are homeless or poor, and people with mental health issues. Five hours later they had served 70 to 80 people. Tired, but happy, they piled into the van before their last night on a church floor.
Every gift to the church’s mission and service is used wisely and helps transform lives. Please continue to give generously.