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Mission Trips

“God calls us into the church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship [and] to be servants in the service of the whole human family…” –From the UCC Statement of Faith

Grounded in the tradition of the United Church of Christ as expressed in our Statement of Faith, our church’s youth and adults are encouraged to participate in a variety of mission and service opportunities locally, nationally, and internationally. Each year the mission trip planning team explores opportunities for participation in service to others as well as environmental, cultural, and spiritual learning through the mission trip program. Together, we make a difference in the lives of others while learning about ourselves and our faith. In the past, First Church mission trip participants have made a difference through work and education projects in Port Arthur, Texas; Maine; South Carolina; Washington, DC; Pine Ridge, South Dakota; the Dominican Republic; the Heifer International Learning Center at Overlook Farm in Rutland, Massachusetts; Nicaragua; and New Orleans, Louisiana. The Mission Trip Planning Team guides each trip by identifying support organizations at the location, assessing the values and goals of the mission, coordinating travel, identifying adult leadership, and guiding fund-raising for the trip. Check this website throughout the year for information on upcoming trips.

Mission Trip to Puerto Rico

June 29 – July 7, 2019

A team of youth and adults from our church will be traveling to Puerto Rico from June 29 to July 7, 2019. Our group will be working through the United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries and our mission partner, the United Evangelical Church of Puerto Rico, to repair roofs damaged by Hurricane Maria in 2017. Our work will be focused in the area of Humacao, on the eastern coast of the island. We’ll be staying at the Yuquiyu Conference Center, which is just outside of El Yunque National Forest. The cost for team members is $500 (scholarships are available for those who can’t afford this). More information and forms are provided below.

Dates: June 29 – July 7, 2019
Location: Humacao, Puerto Rico

Project: Our team will be working with the UCC Disaster Ministries and the United Evangelical Church of Puerto Rico to repair roofs damaged in 2017’s Hurricane Maria. We will work in small teams to repair and seal flat roofs on single-story private homes in Humacao. We may also engaging in other renovation tasks as directed by leaders of the Disaster Response ministry efforts of the United Church of Christ. Click here for more information about the work project.

Eligibility: All adults and youth who will be at least 16 years of age at the time of the trip are eligible to participate.

Cost: $500 – The actual trip cost is considerably higher; however, due to fundraising efforts and gifts received throughout the year to support our mission trip efforts, we are able to offer the trip for this reduced amount. Scholarships are available for those who need them. Contact Rev. Ken at the church if you need to discuss scholarships.

Transportation: We’ll meet at the church on Saturday, June 27 and be driven to Boston Logan International Airport, where we will fly to San Juan, Puerto Rico. On the island, we’ll be transported in rental vans. On July 7, the group will return to Boston and then be picked up at the airport and driven to the First Church.

Lodging: We’ll stay at the Yuquiyu Conference Center just outside of Luquillo, which is about 45 minutes from San Juan and 45 minutes from Humacao. We will be housed there in two air-conditioned bunkhouses, and we’ll use their kitchen and dining room for preparing and sharing meals together.

Food: In addition to meals enjoyed at the Conference Center, we will enjoy at least a couple of meals out in Old San Juan, on the Luquillo Beach, or elsewhere on the island.

Cultural and Recreational Experiences: We will enjoy a worship service at one of our mission partner’s churches; a hike to the mountains and waterfalls of El Yunque National Forest; an afternoon of strolling through the historic streets, fortresses, and museums of Old San Juan; and swimming and relaxing at the beautiful Luquillo Beach.

Sign up by contacting Rev. Ken at the church office.