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
St. Paul & St. Andrew United Methodist Church
263 W 86th St.
New York, NY 10024
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)
65 Central Park W.
New York, NY 10023
241 W 42nd St
New York, NY 10036
328 Malcolm X Blvd.
New York, NY 10027
Grand Central Station
87 E 42nd St.
New York, NY 10017
180 Greenwich St.
New York, NY 10007
Staten Island Ferry
4 South Street
New York, NY 10004
The Bowery Mission
New York, NY 10002
Café on Broadway
New York, NY 10024
St. Paul’s Chapel
New York, NY 10007
- Erica Sharp (driver): 937.308.7335 (staff)
- Luke Zerkle (driver): 937.260.3418 (staff)
- Blake Guillozet: 937.308.2805
- Cassie Zerkle (driver): 937.474.2067
- Rick Johnsen: 937.477.8432
- 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. *
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!
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!
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!
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
- 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.
- No complaining
- No trash can questions
- Work hard and love much.
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!
- Redirection: Try to engage the student in another activity.
- Proximity Control: Placing yourself close to students who are not listening or being disruptive will discourage them from continuing the behavior.
- Rearranging Students: Prevent students from sitting with someone who will encourage misbehavior.
- 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.
- Be ON TIME! We are on a tight schedule.
- Unload bags at the Avenue lobby.
- Sign your student in.
- Your student should pick up their name tag, journal and t-shirt.
- 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.