Welcome to Church of the Word Gainesville Youth Group Page
Youth group meets every Tuesday, 6:30-8:00 pm, in the youth room. If you are in 6th-12th grade we would love to have you join us in an evening of fun, laughs, snacks and a Bible lesson. YOU make our YOUTH group complete! Contact the church for more info.
Youth Summer Mission Trip 2018!
Youth summer mission trip to Pittsburgh June 17-23 this summer. In order to reserve a spot for you/your child we will need a non refundable $50 deposit. Make check out to Church of the Word and put summer youth mission trip on the memo line. Cost is $266. Extra costs for van/car rental, gas, and spending money. Please let Bino know this week or as soon as you can if you or your child will be going.
Youth Group pictured at last summers mission trip to Nashville.
Red Lake Indian Reservation Mission Trip
July 25 to August 3, 2014
The team from our church, Liz McCaslin, Kaye Taft, Michael Taft, Joey Miller, Halle Williams, Michael Bridgman, Hunter Long, and Auburn Forbes, were privileged to go and serve the natives of Red Lake Nation, from the Ojibwe (their preferred name but better known as Chippewa tribe.
We stayed in their beautiful Middle School and worked with teams from a Baptist and a Lutheran church from Iowa, a Catholic church from Illinois, and an athlete’s ministry from Minneapolis. We were separated into five teams, mixing folks from the different groups. The teams went out to worksites together and did chores together: meal prep/cleanup and building cleanup. Our days began around 6:45 am for adult leader meetings and ended with lights out at 11:00 pm.
Our YouthWorks leaders were amazing and the work for that week was so well organized. Each work group spent two days working with the Kid’s Club, which was when we got to spend time with the children of the reservation between the ages of 4-12. Through some of our conversations with these children we learned a bit about how their lives have been impacted by poverty and the common results of poverty. It was hard to hear about, but it was important to allow them to talk and we did that while we played sports, crafted, and read books alongside them, showing them love in the name of Jesus. We also taught them a memory verse, the verse for our week was “We love because He loved us first.”
Each work group also spent two days in work projects. We finished up some home repair that other groups before us had started by painting a house and deck with a ramp. The home belonged to an older couple with a 40 year old daughter who has Down-syndrome. We enjoyed meeting her and speaking with her father “Dutch”. He was such a loveable man with a sense of humor and through our time with him we came to understand that he has some bitterness in him about the tense relations between the native people and the government as well as some bitterness toward the church. Though he calls himself a Catholic, he does not worship with the church on the reservation. We did what we could during our short time there to witness to him, and will continue to pray for him.
Another work project site was at Rosie’s Rescue, which is an animal rescue for dogs and cats, we painted dog shelters, cleared debris and washed dogs and especially enjoyed the litter of puppies that had just been rescued.
We spent six days on the road, but we had a wonderful time traveling thru a total of 9 states and staying the night at 3 Anglican churches for our stopovers. They all showed us such wonderful hospitality!
We spent the entire time sleeping on the floor on air mattresses and going without showers some days, or using the community-style gym showers at the middle school, so our last night, after enjoying a few hours of Cedar Point on Lake Erie, we stayed at a Ramada Inn and we so appreciated real beds and a hot shower!
Liz McCaslin did an awesome job organizing this trip and we are so grateful for her leadership and all her effort to make for a wonderful experience! Thank you to all those who prayed for us and gave financially to this trip! We all made a great team! We hope that you will join us in praying for Dutch and his family, as well as the people of Red Lake who will always be in our hearts!! By Kaye Taft.