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Summer Service Learning Experiences

Short-term service and learning experiences can have a big impact. All our service-learning
opportunities are designed to help students:

  • Discover where God is already at work in communities in need
  • Act as the hands and feet of Christ to share God’s love with the world
  • Learn that those who seem different are not very different at all
  • Practice putting others’ needs above their own desires
  • Lean on God to realize their ability to overcome new challenges

5TH & 6TH GRADE SERVICE SQUAD

Youth who have completed 5th or 6th grade in June can participate, alongside adult and older youth advisors. Each day, we will travel in small teams to a local (East Bay) LOPC mission partner location and serve in a variety of ways. Youth will become acquainted with some of the difficulties and systematic inequities faced by people living right here in Contra Costa County and the many ways in which we can share God’s love within our own community! Our dream is that this week will inspire youth to serve and love others throughout life. Past mission partners included Shelter Inc., Hope Solutions, Monument Crisis Center, Las Trampas, Food Bank of Contra Costa County, White Pony Express, Trinity Center, and LOPC’s Thursday Fellowship; and service opportunities have included activities such as food sorting and packing, yardwork, visiting the elderly and shut-ins, leading activities for children living in a shelter, and more!

7TH-8TH GRADE & HIGH SCHOOL SERVICE-LEARNING TRIPS

7th and 8th graders are invited to serve in our week-long middle school service-learning trip to locations within the region. High school youth participate in their own service-learning trip as well, with an international experience occurring once each four years. These trips are designed to introduce and educate youth about real world social justice issues and to explore how they can show up as Christians in the wider community. Activities include group travel to the various service locations, physical and relationship type service experiences, in depth discussions and debriefs, and fun fellowship time!

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