Summer Immersion 2017
YOUTH COMPLETING GRADES 6-8
DATES: JULY 30—AUGUST 4
LIMIT: 27 YOUTH, 6 ADULTS
Minimum of 9 youth, 2 adults.
What comes to mind when you think of Duluth? You might think of big ships, iron ore, Lake Superior and the aerial lift bridge. You might not think that people in Duluth experience poverty or homelessness, but Duluth is an economically diverse community with over 20% of the population living in poverty. During this week, you will seek to address the basic needs of residents by serving at local organizations. You might serve a meal at a homeless shelter or play with younger kids. Or, you might spend time with older adults in a care facility. During this week, you will be challenged to walk alongside God’s people as you build caring relationships and experience Christ in Duluth.
YOUTHWORKS! BEYOND: PINE RIDGE RESERVATION
YOUTH COMPLETING GRADES 9-12
DATES: JUNE 24-30
LIMIT: 27 Youth, 6 Adults
Minimum 9 youth, 2 adults.
Go BEYOND a typical YouthWorks! experience and beyond your comfort zone with this site on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. In addition to fixing up homes or playing with children, participants will slow down from everyday life and interact with this community rich in culture and story. While serving alongside our brothers and sisters struggling with poverty, unemployment, addiction, health problems, and more, you will discover the community’s strengths, heritage, and history. You will love seeing and hearing how these stories impact your faith journey with God.
YOUTH COMPLETING GRADES 9-12
DATES: JULY 30—AUGUST 5
LIMIT*: 42 Youth, 7 Adults (1 bus)
Travel to the beach by coach bus to the Blue Horizon Retreat Center in Panama City, Florida. Mornings and evenings are spent in large and small group worship, Bible Study, and personal faith reflection. In the afternoon participants enjoy the beach and local attractions. Wherever Shepherd of the Valley travels, participants look for good in others, affirm and brighten people’s day, learn and listen to others’ stories, and deepen relational faith skills. Participants intentionally practice the Shepherd of the Valley mission of welcoming, transforming, and sending. Like Wapo Main Site, Beach Camp is another great alternative for youth looking to have a Luther Dell-like experience.
Please note that Beach Camp or its equivalent (Disaster Relief) is offered every other year.
*Beach Camp is at capacity. Please contact Sarah Bane at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the waiting list.
Where We've Been...
- Florida Beach Camp
- Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
- Green Bay
- Gifford, Illinois
- Joplin, Missouri
- Around the Twin Cities
- And many more places!
Summer Immersion is for youth AND adults.
Some involve travel, while others like Summer Stretch happen right here around the metro.
Immersion experiences give way to witnessing God already at work in the world, while experiencing life alongside others in the communities to which we are sent. We walk with those we go to serve as partners in God’s creation while hearing their transforming stories of faith and life.
These experiences also give people the opportunity to learn from and serve together with their host community. A variety of opportunities are available to help people experience Jesus in the midst of caring and mutual relationships.
We serve out of love for our neighbor - it is our response to what God has already done in Jesus Christ.
Questions? Contact Sarah Bane (952) 985-7362 or email@example.com.