ReCreation Experiences Summer Mission Trip

July 15th – 22nd

Cost is $500 + Traveling Food $ (scholarships available, deposit $100 due April 1st made out to WUMC )

Students: Ben Allen, Emma Bressi, Emily Toth, Ellie Marin, Evan Cowden, Ashley Mangold, Jemima Abalogu, Emme Blahuta, Mason Games, Alissa Tyler, Katie Wescoat, Drayson Adcock, Bennett Bass, Sadler Bass, James Kinnett, Dawson Taylor, Cristina Salas, Erin McGough, Ella Bressi, Michaela Beadle, Ava Davis, Emma Kate McCutcheon, Joseph Hill, Jacob Hill, Kylan Thorne, Lauren Strandhagen, Hunter Pena.

Staffers: Garrett Egan, Sarah Salinas and Shannon and Rich Egan.

Adults: Anna Salas, David Graham, Diane Kofahl, Victoria Ayala, Jim Burke and Nick Oswald. Rich Egan, Shannon Egan, Margie Lindsey and Jim Lindsey are meeting us at Recreation.

Prayer Partners:

Who? Incoming 9th graders and up! (If you are of college age and want to attend please contact us)

Where? ReCreation Experiences (ReCre) in the Appalachia region of North Carolina outside of Asheville.

When? The youth will fly out of AUX on Saturday the 15th arrive in Atlanta! We will stay the night in or outside of Atlanta  after exploring the city, volunteering at a local place in need, and eating dinner. Sunday we will drive to Asheville to ReCre. Then we will depart back to Atlanta the following Saturday the 22nd to fly home!

How? We have gone to ReCreation for the past 7 years and have enjoyed the trip together every time! We have a fundraiser to raise money for students to go.

Why? To grow in our ability to Follow Christ and Transform Lives.

What? While in North Carolina, the youth will be working on home repair for economically disadvantaged senior citizens. The group will do exterior house painting, re-roofing roofs, or digging/installing septic systems. The last couple years our group has also done some interior dry walling and painting.

The stay at Recre involves a lot more than just a service work. There will be other youth staying at the Recre facility (an old rural k-12 school) with other church youth groups from throughout the South. Each morning a youth focused, fun, loud worship service kicks off the day just prior to going to your work site. Upon return after dinner, the youth are free to just hang out and mingle with the other groups. Our group will typically also have a short group devotional period in the evening.

The trip is not all worship and service. The work schedule includes 4 work days Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Wednesdays we have an off day in which we have typically gone to hang out at one or two of the numerous swimming holes in the North Carolina Appalachians or rafted down a river! In addition, the last few years our group has taken off one evening for a sunset prayer service on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The youth thus get to see a different part of the country that is truly beautiful. Click here to find out more about ReCreation Experiences

A Parents Testimony: “My son has enjoyed it so much he is looking into working there additional weeks beyond our church’s visit. I have attended the last three trips and can attest that the experience is wonderful. If any adults are interested, I can assure you you will have a great time also.”

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5 comments on “ReCreation Experiences Summer Mission Trip
  1. Caitlin Hill says:

    Jacob and Joseph are interested in going. Are any boys Joseph’s age going?

    • WestlakeUMC Youth says:

      Yay! We’d love the Hills to go! Yes there are other 8th grade boys going into high school going. I’ll email you!

  2. Ashley says:

    Evan has decided not to attend ReCre this year. He will be giving back by volunteering for special need kids for a week at Deer Creek camp.

    ReCre is awesome week. Hopefully Kelly’s can join next year!

  3. Anna SALAS says:

    Cristina Salas is excited to attend again!! Do you need more parent participants?

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