More Information (Youth Summer Ministry; 7th-12th grade)
The camp week begins on Sunday afternoon with worship, orientation, games and fun. Monday through Thursday groups will be out in the community from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. doing either theDay Camp program (DC) or Service Project
(SP). On Friday work groups will take time to celebrate their week through spending time at local businesses in the community.
At MTOP we want to provide a space where youth can explore their faith in quiet reflection, group discussions, and community worships. This is so youth and adults are able to connect the “what” they are doing with the “why” they are doing it. We do not want this experience to be a something to just check off the to do list, but to put the calling we each have from God into action. To encourage youth to use their gifts and talents to spread God’s love.
Through morning personal reflection time, devotionals on the work site, community sharing about the day, community building games and activities, and evening worships, we hope that participants are able to see the evidence of Christ’s love in the everyday activities they will do over the course of the week. In seeing that, our hope is that they carry that passion for service to their homes, schools, workplace, churches, and hometowns.
YSM communities consist of 100-160 youth ages 13-18, adults, and college students that are divided into what we call Major Groups. A staff member is then responsible for coordinating projects for and leading a Major Group of 25-35 participants. Within Major Groups, volunteers are divided for the final time into what we call Youth Renewal Groups (YRGs). YRGs are created based on a mix gender, age, church, skill and experience. We do our best to create balanced teams in order for volunteers to step out of their comfort zone, meet new people, and work together in the most efficient ways possible.
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