What is A Service Learning Trip?
  • A Service Learning Trip is an intentional time away from our everyday lives when we focus on growing in our faith through service, worship, learning, and fellowship.
  • Things included on a Service Learning trip are, service work, Bible study, devotions, worship, cultural learning, reflection time, fun, team building, and much more! 
  • The goal of a Service Learning Trip is to immerse ourselves in our faith lives and hopefully emerge a little more aware of where we encounter God and how we can share His love in our day to day lives. 
What Service Learning Opportunities are there for youth at St. Andrew’s?
St. Andrew’s Youth Team offers several different Service Learning opportunities for youth throughout their high school years (9th-12th grade).
What is the time commitment of a Service Learning Trip?
Service Learning Trips are generally about 10 days long in the Summer and do span weekends. Before the trip, youth and adult leaders are required to attend team building meetings that are normally on Sunday afternoons and take about 3 hours. These events help ensure a more meaningful and positive trip for everyone by giving the group an opportunity to get to know each other, learn how they work together, and dig into the themes of the trip (through Bible study, conversation, and learning about the area we are visiting). After the trip, all youth and adult leaders are expected to take part in a dinner for the congregation where they will share their experience. Youth and adult leaders are also encouraged to participate in as many fundraising and regular youth events as possible during the year leading up to the trip.
How much does a trip cost?
Service Learning Trips range in price from about $500 to $1,200 per youth. Youth are also responsible for earning the funds to pay for the Adult leaders who volunteer to go on the trip with them. For example, if the cost of a trip is $500 per person and ten youth are going with 2 adult leaders, each youth would have to earn $600 for the trip.
2 adult leaders x $500 per person = $1,000 
$1,000/10 youth = $100 per youth
$500 per person + $100 each for adult leaders = $600
The total cost of the trip includes all meals, tickets, transportation, lodging, materials needed, and fees.
How can I get involved in a trip?
We welcome all youth and adults to take an active roll in these trips! Check our website or join our Remind 101 page to receive information about upcoming trips, registration, being an adult leader, and fundraising. You can also follow our most recent trips by scrolling down and see pictures from past trips in photo albums below! 
2017 – Summer Service Learning Trip to Seattle WA. Youth and adults traveled nearly 4,000 miles on this westward adventure as we talked about how we share our faith and God’s love in this world. Service work included volunteering with Compass Housing Alliance at a women’s shelter where we painted, cleaned, and gardened, handing out personal care kits to people living on the streets, and volunteered with National Forest Service for a Butterfly Survey. 
2016 Summer Service Learning Trip – Michigan – Stops in Sault Ste. Marie, Mackinaw Island, pictured rocks, and Whitehall MI. Theme – Remember your Baptism! Click photos to see larger images.