2022 Youth Trips:
Montreat Youth Conference: More Than Enough
The 9th-12th graders will be headed to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Montreat, North Carolina to participate in Montreat Conference Center’s 2022 youth conference: More Then Enough. While there, they will enjoy recreation, small group, key notes, and worship with other Presbyterians from all over the United States. They will stay in two beautiful houses and cook our own meals. This is truly a trip that will bring our youth to the “thin” place of Montreat, where the mountains touch the heavens and the waters flow with such beauty that it takes your breath away. Add a few energizers to the mix and this conference is one that you will never forget! So come and learn more about More Than Enough.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for a Mission Trip with First Presbyterian Church Oklahoma City
Our 6th-8th graders will embark on a mission trip to Oklahoma City, where they will learn about what it means to work alongside others in long term mission. They will learn the difference between short and long term mission and why each of these has their positive and negative outcomes on the communities in which they serve. They will also do mission work with local missions and have a small feel for what it’s like to run a mission organization. They will also have a free afternoon of team building and fun, as well as late night laughs and games at the church where we are staying! This is going to be a fun and exciting trip, even if it’s a little close to home.
Youth Mission of the Month
September – The Little Free Pantry
The Little Free Pantry provides immediate, emergency assistance with basic food and personal items on a 24/7 ‘take what you need, leave what you can’ basis. There are 11 pantries and 1 pet pantry located in McKinney. Go to mckinneylfp.org for more information.
Bring your spare change or items below to help fill the LFP Warehouse.
- Junior High: ramen noodles, cup a noodles
- 9th Grade: spaghetti sauce (canned preferred)
- 10th Grade: peanut butter
- 11th/12th Grade: canned tuna or canned chicken
October – Crop Walk
November – Linus Project
December – 30HF
January – Church Under the Bridge
February – 30HF
March – 30HF
April – Big Blue Bin
May – Colorcycle
Local Mission opportunities
- Church under the Bridge, in Waco, Texas, incorporates creating meals for the homeless and serving them at worship held under an overpass in Waco. The youth arrive at church Saturday night to prepare the food, spend the night, and wake up early on Sunday to go to Waco, TX to serve the homeless.
- 30 Hour Famine, an event open to all youth. 30 Hour Famine involves worship, mission and activities while fasting to support world hunger. This event tries to make youth feel the physical and emotional pains of hunger and make others aware of hunger related issues in the world. Youth also raise money before the event through World Vision to help hungry children all over the world. Trinity youth have raised over $151,000 in their fight against World Hunger.
- Project Linus, an organization that provides blankets to sick and homeless children. Trinity youth make blankets each year in Logos, our Wednesday night program, to give to this organization.
Heifer Project, a program that buys animals for communities in need with a passing on the gift philosophy. Trinity youth raise money yearly to help with the purchase of these animals. The youth group has bought ducks, rabbits, and bees.
- Community Food Pantry of McKinney, an organization whose mission is to provide groceries on an emergency basis to families and individuals who have found themselves in a state of crisis. The youth of Trinity collect powdered milk to help restock the shelves of the pantry.
- Samaritan Inn, a comprehensive homeless program in McKinney that teaches self-sufficiency and life skills to meet the needs of individuals and families experiencing homelessness. The youth of Trinity will be collecting cereal for the Samaritan Inn.
- CROP Walk, a community-wide event sponsored by Church World Service to raise funds to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world. In McKinney, families from Trinity and the community are encouraged to participate in the annual walk at Towne Lake Park.
- Casa del Buen Trato, a shelter in Peru for girls and women that are victims of violence. The Trinity youth helped there in 2018 and this year they will be making something for the shelter.
Earth Care, Trinity has a vibrant Youth Earth Care group that collaborates with Trinity’s Creation Care Ministry, but also organizes its own annual events.
International Youth Missions:
One of the goals for our youth at Trinity is to have access to 2 international trips during their 7 years in the ministry. Trips of this nature are always life-changing. In 2018 we went to Peru.
Due to COVID-19, youth were not able to travel internationally this summer, but we hope to offer a trip to Scotland in the future to learn about the roots of our Presbyterian heritage. We will visit St. Andrews where John Knox was arrested, attend worship at St. Giles in Edinburgh, and visit the Abbey of Iona on the Outer Hebrides.