A Typical Day
Every Reach Beyond Mission Week is a little bit different.
We try to make each mission week appropriate for the age and the experience of the registered participants. Plans for your week will be based on the number of participants, their ages, and your group's prior mission trip experience. We do want to make the most of our
time together so our schedule is busy! If we are not serving, we are learning about root causes or systemic issues or advocacy, from age-appropriate simulation activities, guest speakers, immersive experiences, and educational organizations, or we are discussing what the Bible has to say about justice.
If your group wants to see some of the local sights, plan to do so at the end of the week.
BELOW IS JUST A SAMPLE TYPICAL DAY. Programs vary by city.
Breakfast (Continental cold breakfast or full hot breakfast depending on location.)
Time will vary.
Just after breakfast will be time for the daily theme introduction and centering as community.
Depart for Service Sites or Extended Learning Experiences 7:00 -9:30 am to 12:00 noon- 3:30 pm. Times vary by day.
Our service partners often have specific hours that they welcome volunteers. We put aside our own preferences and serve where and when we are needed based on the needs of the Service Partner.
Your youth group will likely be divided into smaller groups. Traveling directions, service site expectations, and contact information are provided. Service sites might include preparing and serving meals; working with people experiencing homelessness; sorting and packing donations in a food bank or pantry; working in an urban garden.
One or two mornings or afternoons may be focused solely on experiential
learning; for example, touring the Greenwood neighborhood in Tulsa, visiting
a Pueblo just outside of Albuquerque, participating in a mock bill hearing at
theTexas Capitol, or meeting with faith-based advocates on Capitol Hill.
Return from Service Sites or Extended Learning Experiences
Time for showers, rest, hanging out, or afternoon learning activity.
5:30-6:00 pm (Time will vary by city.)
Participants may help with dinner clean-up depending on location.
Guest Leader or Learning Activity
6:30-7:00 pm (Time will vary by city.)
Each evening there will be an age-appropriate learning opportunity.
This might be a simulation game, or a guest leader. Guest leaders
may include professionals who work in areas of homeless ministry,
poverty, urban research, immigration, climate science, advocacy,
and culture or racism issues.
Small Group Discussion
Each evening will be time for a biblically-based discussion on justice
issues led by your adult leaders. We will provide an easy-to-use discussion
guide upon arrival, so that you and/or your adult leaders can your group
discussions with your group's needs and theology in mind.
The Reach Beyond Mission staff will lead a community worship on Sunday and Thursday evenings only.