Each Summer the Quest youth group goes on a week-long trip. We alternate between a retreat-style trip focused on worship and community building and a mission trip focused on service to others. On retreats we try to go someplace where youth can have new experiences with each other to create lasting
memories. We have devotionals every morning and worship every night. We also do a small mission project while we are there. On Mission Trips we spend the majority of the day doing mission projects or getting educated about the problems of poverty, disaster assistance, etc. We don’t just want to do a project and leave though. We want the youth to experience and understand the extent of some of the problems facing our world and go home with a changed perspective. We do a lot of work on Mission Trips but we also have a lot of fun. We do fun activities each afternoon/evening and we also have worship each night.
We have several fundraisers throughout the year so we can keep the cost of the trip down for each youth. For example, the total cost per youth of our Summer 2010 trip was about $400 but youth only had to pay $150. It is important for each youth to participate in all fundraisers so they can receive credit towards their trip.
Quest is going back to Gatlinburg June 16-21st, 2013. We will examining the question "Jesus Who?" We will explore what it means for Jesus to be the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of Man, and the Lord. We will have devotionals, worship, and small groups each day. We will also have a lot of fun. We'll be going whitewater rafting, ziplining, go-carting, and going to a ropes course. We'll also spend time in downtown Gatlinburg and have lots of fun activities at the manor house we are staying in.
To reserve your spot on the trip, please bring a deposit of $50 to the church and pick up a packet of required forms for the trip. The total cost of the trip is $150, provided the youth attend at least two of the youth group fundraisers. Youth are encourage to come on this trip and to bring a friend.
This summer we’ll be going on a mission trip to St. Louis on June 12-17th. We’ll be staying at First Presbyterian Church of Ferguson and participating in their Urban Mission Camp. To find out more about the program and facilities you can visit their website by clicking HERE.
Each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day we take a group of youth to Snowstar Mountain by the Quad Cities. We spend the day skiing and snow tubing. We leave at 8:00 A.M. and return at 8:00 pm. The cost for the trip is $40 plus money for food.
In June of 2010 we took 21 youth and 6 leaders to Gatlinburg, TN. We stayed in a large manor house just a few minutes from downtown. Each morning we had a devotional time and each night we had worship and then split into small groups for discussion. The theme of the trip was WWYD? (What Would You Do). We talked about the importance of choices and how we have to make decisions that not only impact our lives but others’ lives as well. In small groups we discussed real life tough scenarios and what we would do in that situation. The small groups were also responsible for chores around the house and meals throughout the week as well.
Every July we take several youth to Six Flags in St. Louis. We leave the church early in the morning on a Tuesday and spend the day at the park. Youth are encouraged to bring a swimsuit and change of clothes so they can enjoy the water park too. We purchase discounted tickets in the spring so you need to sign up early to purchase the discounted tickets. If you decide later you would like to go you can still purchase a ticket through the church if we have any left or we'll purchase you an extra one. We always have lots of fun riding coasters, water slides, and eating unhealthy food, so join us next year at six flags.