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Children & Youth - Youth Mission Projects

Youth Mission Projects

Mission is the heartbeat of the Christian life.  Young people may struggle with the abstracts and ideals of faith, but when they see it in action, it makes sense.  Mission also broadens a young person’s horizons and instills gratitude.  Bower Hill youth can go on a week-long mission trip every summer.  We also do outreach and mission projects throughout the year.  Some recent mission work Bower Hill youth have done:

Blankets for St. Clair Hospital Cancer Patients

The youth groups took on a project to make no-sew blankets for St. Clair Hospital.  The hospital will gift these blankets to cancer patients.  Nineteen blankets were made and delivered.  Special thanks to Jen Webler, who not only ordered, but pre-cut strips in all 19 blanket kits!  Her contribution of time and talent made it possible for us to do so many blankets, so quickly to meet St. Clair’s request.

Youth delivering blankets to St. Clair hospital
Youth after clearing wood an branches to allow access to bird sanctuary

Camp Ligonier Mission Workday

During our recent retreat at Camp Ligonier, five youth participated in cleanup work around camp.  We cleared a large area of dead trees and branches to create access to an existing bird sanctuary.  It was hard but satisfying work.  For their efforts, the youth were treated to afternoon adventure activities of rock climbing and capture the flag!

Lenten Card Campaign

There’s nothing better than getting an unexpected note to let you know someone is thinking of you.  Join our intergenerational mission project to fill mailboxes with good old-fashioned notes!  During the six Sundays of Lent, youth spent time in Sunday school to pen notes for people in the HOPE pod, a part of the Allegheny County Jail system.    Click here to learn more about the Foundation of Hope. 

Logo of foundation of hope which the youth participated by writing cards during lent
Youth at Hot Metal Bridge serving dinner to the homeless

Hot Metal Bridge Homeless Ministry - Serving Dinner

Bower Hill hosts meals at the Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community on the southside.  Youth and parent volunteers buy, make, and serve dinner to patrons.

Food Drive For Shim

Children and youth raise money and collect food donations for South Hills Interfaith Movement throughout the year through events like the Reverse Advent Calendars and Souper Bowl of Caring.

Food pantry at SHIM which the youth helped stock by raising money and collecting food

2023 Puerto Rico Mission Trip

A team of 8 people, 6 youth and 2 adults left on Saturday, July 1st for a week-long mission trip to Puerto Rico through Praying Pelican Missions.  Participants said this was on of their best mission trips. Watch video of team report

Youth showing money and food collected for the souper bowl of caring

Souper Bowl of Caring

Bower Hill Youth are partnering with to join the nation-wide movement to give locally and make a collective impact on hunger.  Now through February 11, youth will be collecting monetary donations and canned goods for Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.  You can help by making a donation on-line by clicking here, or take fliers home to distribute to coworkers, friends and neighbors.

Thank you for supporting Bower Hill youth

Ruth Bennett Farm

After finding basketball courts without rims preventing kids from playing ball, the youth raised funds to donate one portable basketball hoop to the Ruth Bennett Farm in Chester, PA.  (Pictured to right, youth enjoying gym time while waiting for showers during the summer mission trip.)

Youth playing basketball after working at the summer mission trip
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