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Young Adult Mission Trip – 2019

Saint Andrew Young Adult Mission Trip – Bethlehem Farm, West Virginia

July 27 – August 3, 2019

Who: Young Adults in their 20s and 30s

What: Service Based Mission Trip at Bethlehem Farm in Talcott, West Virginia. The focus of this week is on service, prayer, and Catholic social teaching

When: Depart Chicago for West Virginia on July 27. Service week July 28-August 2. Return to Chicago on August 3.

Details: Join the Saint Andrew Young Adults on their Summer Mission Trip! We are headed to Bethlehem Farm in Talcott, West Virginia, to work with a Catholic group in an underserved area of Appalachia. Take the opportunity to get out of the city this summer, but be prepared for a lot of hard work, genuine companionship, and spiritual growth.

Cost: All inclusive (room, board, and transportation) $475-550. Cost variable depending on overnight accommodations en route to/from WV.

Registration: Groups have a better chance of receiving spots for this Adult Service Week! If you would like to register with Saint Andrew as a group, a $50 non-refundable deposit is due by February 1st, and should be mailed or dropped off at the Parish Rectory: 3546 N Paulina St, Chicago, IL 60657. Please make checks payable to Saint Andrew Church. Alternatively, payments may be made electronically via Give Central. Please email (Megan@standrew.org) for more information.

More information: Learn more about Bethlehem Farm at www.bethlehemfarm.net, or email Pastoral Ministry Assistant Megan Storti with questions: Megan@standrew.org

What can I expect during a Service Retreat Week at Bethlehem Farm?

When you join us for a week you can expect to:

  • experience a countercultural community
  • work hard
  • wake up early
  • go to bed exhausted every night
  • be challenged and supported physically, emotionally, and spiritually
  • have a voice which others will listen to and respect
  • give up technology for the week
  • pray in both traditional and creative ways
  • meet nature face to face
  • become friends with donkeys, dogs, and chickens
  • prepare meals from scratch
  • spend time in the garden
  • feel uncomfortable at times
  • challenge any Appalachian stereotypes you may have
  • feel at home with complete strangers
  • see God, your friends, and the world in which you live from an entirely new

From http://bethlehemfarm.net/service-week-volunteers

Here’s what a typical week looks like at the farm:

Sunday: Arrival (between 6:30 pm & 7:00 pm), Tour around the house and possibly the farm (depending on light), Intro to Bethlehem Farm, Cornerstone Prayer Service, Group Leader Meeting, Free time, & Lights out. Monday: Day at the Farm Wake Up, Morning Prayer, Chores, Breakfast, Dishes, Farm Chores, Mass, Lunch, History & Mission of Bethlehem Farm, Farm Hike, Free Time, Dinner, Dishes, Free Time, & Lights out.

Tuesday – Friday: Days at the Worksites Wake Up, Prayer, Chores, Breakfast, Dishes, Head off to worksites (except home crew), Lunch on site, Return to the Farm, Dinner, Dishes, Evening Prayer, Free Time, & Lights out.

Saturday: Departure Wake Up, Prayer, Breakfast, Dishes, House Clean-Up, Head home (around 10 am)

Special programs:

  • Tuesday: Community Night – we invite local community members up to the farm for a potluck dinner & occasionally they’ll bring a musical instrument or two o Wednesday: River of Life Service – we head to a local weekday worship service and join the members for dessert & sometimes a kickball game in the parking lot with the pastor and his son
  • Thursday: Shared Prayer – it’s an opportunity for the community to reflect and share where they have seen God in the last week
  • Friday: (Summer Months Only) We end the work week with a dip in the Greenbrier River

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