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UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
St. Louis, Missouri
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2012 Youth Mission Trip to Denver
Saturday, July 14 thru Saturday, July 21

 

DoorDenver03DOOR ("Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection") is a faith-based network of six cities that provides opportunities for service, learning and leadership development within the urban context. The program is designed primarily for participants from high-school age and beyond and is open to all denominations, but a combined middle school and high school group is also possible.

A typical DOOR-Denver week begins with arrival on Sunday evening after supper and ends with departure after lunch the following Friday. The group is divided into work teams (4-6 participants with one adult sponsor as designated leader) that are also meal teams. Meal teams are responsible for helping to prepare and clean up after all meals. Groceries, menus, and cooking instructions are provided by DOOR staff.

Once assigned to work and meal teams, participants generally stay with those same teams for the week. Work teams usually spend each day at a different service assignment. However, due to the nature of some assignments, there are cases where a work team is asked to stay at a site for more than one day. DOOR-Denver’s goal is for all participants to have a variety of experiences that they can share with each other.

Examples of service assignments are:


Although the schedule varies and is flexible, a typical day may go as follows:

6:30 a.m. Wake up, prepare, eat and clean up breakfast
8:00 a.m. Travel to service assignment
Noon Lunch at work site
4:00 p.m. Return to church, clean-up, free time
5:30 p.m. Supper
7:00 p.m. Evening session/Group Reflection

 

Evening sessions include worship, presentations, and group reflection. Thursday evening is set aside for a time together to help participants reflect on and process what they have seen, felt, and learned during the course of each day. This is perhaps the most important time of the week. Issues raised are addressed in light of our calling as Christians to love others and to respond to those in need.

On Wednesday evening a formal reflection time is not scheduled. DOOR does not provide supper on this evening so most groups choose to eat out and spend the evening seeing more of Denver (although some work teams may not finish their assignments until early evening).

For more infomation, check out the DOOR-Denver website at: www.doornetwork.org/denver/