High School Mission Trip to New York City
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High School Mission Trip to New York City

High School Mission Trip to New York City

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High School NYC Mission Trip: December 8 - 11

Departing from the Avenue: Thursday, December 8 at 6 am

Returning to the Avenue: Sunday, December 11 at 6pm

Locations:

St. Paul & St. Andrew United Methodist Church

263 W 86th St.

New York, NY 10024

Zulie: 212.362.3179

Pennsylvania Amtrak Station

4th and Chestnut Streets

Harrisburg, PA 17101

NYC Amtrak Station

234 West 31st Street

Pennsylvania Station-8 Av & W 31 St

New York, NY 10001

KEEN: Kids Enjoy Exercise Now

348 E. 54th St. (Between 1st and 2nd Ave.)

New York, NY 10022 (Midtown)

Maggie: 203.559.1164

Central Park

65 Central Park W.

New York, NY 10023

Dallas BBQ

241 W 42nd St

New York, NY 10036

Sylvia’s Restaurant

328 Malcolm X Blvd.

New York, NY 10027

Grand Central Station

87 E 42nd St.

New York, NY 10017

911 Memorial

180 Greenwich St.

New York, NY 10007

Staten Island Ferry

4 South Street

New York, NY 10004

The Bowery Mission

227 Bowery

New York, NY 10002

Café on Broadway

350 Broadway

New York, NY 10024

St. Paul’s Chapel

209 Broadway

New York, NY 10007

212.602.0800

Trip Leaders:

  1. Erica Sharp (driver): 937.308.7335 (staff)
  2. Luke Zerkle (driver): 937.260.3418 (staff)
  3. Blake Guillozet: 937.308.2805
  4. Cassie Zerkle (driver): 937.474.2067
  5. Rick Johnsen: 937.477.8432
  6. Chris Childs (driver): 937.829.2440

Mission Trip Schedule

* Please note the departure and arrival times have been slightly changed after looking at Amtrack schedules. These new times will free our schedule up for potential restroom breaks and restraunt stops, and will ensure that we get to the Amtrack on time. *

Thursday

5:30am Meet at the Avenue

6am Depart for Harrisburg, PA (Devotions on our way)

2:30pm Arrive at Amtrak Station in Harrisburg, PA

3:20pm Depart Amtrak Station for NYC

6:53pm Arrive to NYC, take subway to church

*After we drop our stuff off at the church: dinner (Café on Broadway), go to Times Square and evening teaching.

11pm Lights out!

Friday

6am Devotions, breakfast and mission project briefing

7am Depart for Mission Project #1

7:30am Group 1 arrives at The Bowery Mission

8am Group 2 arrives at (Westside Campaign Against Hunger)

9:30am Group 1 departs for St. Paul/St. Andrew UMC

10am Group 1 and 2 arrive back at St. Paul/St. Andrew UMC

10:30am Small group time

11:30am Lunch at pizza place near church

12:30-2pm Work project at St. Paul/St. Andrew UMC

2pm Prepare for evening activities

3pm Depart for Staten Island Ferry

5pm Depart for Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem

7pm The Plaza Hotel, Rockefeller Center and Holiday Windows

11pm Lights out!

Saturday

6am: Devotions, breakfast and mission project briefing

7am: Depart for Mission Project #1

8am Group 1 arrives at (Father’s Heart Ministries)

Group 2 arrives at (NY Rescue Mission)

11:30am Group 1 and 2 depart for KEEN (Grab lunch on the way)

*Upon arrival to KEEN: attend orientation and begin work project.

3pm Depart for 911 Memorial

5pm Prepare for evening activities

6pm Dinner at Dallas BBQ

7pm Spend the evening at Times Square

12pm Lights out!

Sunday

5am Pack and prepare to leave

5:45am Depart for Amtrak Station

6:30am Breakfast at Amtrak Station

7am Board the train for Harrisburg, PA

10:25am Arrive at Harrisburg, PA Amtrak Station

10:30am Board Ginghamsburg vans and depart for Tipp City

12pm Drive through fast food for lunch

6pm Arrive back at the Avenue

What Should I Bring? (All in one bag/suitcase on wheels)

  • Air mattress with pump or sleeping mat
  • Washcloth, towel, soap and shower shoes (we WILL have showers)
  • Toiletries (deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, ect…)
  • Bible and a pen (may want to keep in a backpack)
  • Clothes to sleep in.
  • Pillow and blankets, sheets/sleeping bag
  • Flashlight (for late night restroom runs)
  • 2 sets of clothes to work in
  • 1 set of clothes to travel home in
  • Clothes for evening activities around the city
  • Comfortable shoes for walking (We will be walking A LOT.)
  • Spending money (Broadway shows--$100, Wax Museum--$29, Ice Skating @ Rockefeller--$44 individual/$23 group 15+, Radio City Music Hall show--$50, shopping)

What must be left at home?

  • Anything of high value should be left at home.
  • No electronics, except for cell phones.
  • Magazines, music players, iPods and video games

Expectations:

  • No smoking, illegal drugs or alcohol use permitted.
  • No dating, romance or public displays of affection.
  • Must participate in devotions and mission activities during the trip.
  • Must have a positive attitude while serving on mission.
  • Must conduct behavior to ensure a safe experience for your peers, leaders and yourself.
  • No profanity or inappropriate language will be tolerated.
  • Girls shall always lodge with Girls and boys shall always lodge with boys separate from each other.
  • Opposite genders should NEVER be permitted in each others lodging space.
  • No television or movies should be permitted during trips.
  • Modest attire should be worn at all times. (No pajamas, spaghetti straps, halter tops or short shorts and no clothing with alcohol or questionable logos.)
  • You must always be groups of three or more with at least one adult present.
  • Phones should ONLY be used for photos and directions around the city. Phones should not be used during scheduled project/group times, unless there is an emergency.

3 Guidelines:

  • No complaining
  • No trash can questions
  • Work hard and love much.

Handling Discipline:

The following strategies may used to correct behavior issues that may arise as you are leading students during a mission project, outing or trip. The best way to be proactive against poor behavior is to catch students doing well and acknowledge that!

  1. Redirection: Try to engage the student in another activity.

  1. Proximity Control: Placing yourself close to students who are not listening or being disruptive will discourage them from continuing the behavior.

  1. Rearranging Students: Prevent students from sitting with someone who will encourage misbehavior.

  1. Contact Staff: After attempting to stop the student’s behavior and clearly communicating the behavior they need to change, please explain the situation to a staff member. Actions will be taken according to the situation. Parents are responsible for transportation costs should their student be sent home early.

Medication & Allergies:

  • Medications: If you child has medication to be taken during the trip please send only the amount needed in the original container and place it in a clear sandwich bag labeled with your child’s name. You will need to give this to the Mission Specialist when you drop your child off the day of the trip. Also ensure you give complete medication directions in addition to any medical conditions on the Emergency Medical form.
  • Allergies: If your child has any allergies that may arise during our trip please note these on the Emergency Medical form. We will have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch, so peanut allergies need to be known prior to the trip departing so that alternate arrangements can be made.

Departure Procedures:

  1. Be ON TIME! We are on a tight schedule.
  2. Unload bags at the Avenue lobby.
  3. Sign your student in.
  4. Your student should pick up their name tag, journal and t-shirt.
  5. Team Meeting: mission partners, small group leaders, vehicle loading instructions, prayer and team photo

Mission Trip Updates:

We will update our Ginghamsburg Student Ministry Facebook page upon our safe arrival to NYC and throughout our trip. Please make sure to check the Facebook page for any changes to our return time back at the Avenue.

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