Every two years, First Congregational Church proudly sponsors a team of up to 16 youth and adults for a service trip to the impoverished community of St. Thomas Parish, Jamaica, far away from the island’s renowned resorts and tourism. Over the course of the 10-day trip, the team works alongside local community members on a project that meets a need identified by and planned in coordination with our Jamaican partners. Our mission is to serve God by serving our global family, build intergenerational relationships, have fun together, and to deepen our understanding of our global community through an immersive cultural experience.
Previous projects include: constructing a playground at a preschool, building a school garden, renovating a preschool for use as a community center, and painting a medical clinic. When we are not working, we have time to relax and enjoy the beauty of Jamaica and to experience the wonderful culture. We shop at local markets, enjoy the local cuisine, swim in the ocean, and visit cultural sites. At the end of each trip, we visit Reach Falls to swim in a river of fresh water under a canopy of trees, amidst beautiful rock formations and waterfalls.
Contacts: Sharon Dettenrieder and Carolyn Rushford
Next Trip: June 2022 (10 days – dates TBD)
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