MISSIONS OUTREACH PROGRAM
Building Relationships with Local Community Members
Through Hinton Center’s Missions Outreach Program, teams serve for one week working on a variety of home repairs in the local Appalachian community. Projects may include building wheelchair ramps, porches, steps, underpinning mobile homes, painting, repairing floors, and helping with yard work.
At Hinton Center, we want to encourage an emphasis not only on construction but even more so on building relationships with local community members. Through hands on work and building relationships, you will open yourself up to being served in return.
One of our goals is for each volunteer to grow in understanding of Appalachian culture and poverty, as well as to grow spiritually. We will provide intentional time and reflection to learn more about God’s calling for us in a life of service. Our staff incorporates different learning goals into everything that we do. The week will also include time for your church to grow in relationship with each other.
Your week or weekend at Hinton Center will include lots of physical labor; however, you will also receive the privilege of being a guest at our comfortable retreat facilities. Enjoy afternoons jumping into the lake, playing a game of disc golf or cornhole, reading underneath a tree or taking a prayerful walk at the outdoor labyrinth, and eating delicious food made by our own Executive Chef. Our ultimate goal is to serve our local community, but we also want you to have a formative time to rest and renew.
Who can attend the Summer Missions Outreach Program?
- All ages are welcome*. Individuals, families, youth groups, colleges, Sunday school classes, etc.
- 1:5 adult to youth ratio is required
- Groups must provide their own chaperones
- Parent must be present for youth under age 12
*Except for “mixed week,” where youth participation is limited to students who have completed grades 8-12.
Who will you work with on the trip?
Hinton Center’s Mission Outreach Program focuses its outreach in 2 counties in North Carolina, Clay and Cherokee, as well as Towns County in Georgia. Among the three counties, an average of 18% of residents live in poverty. Many of the people we work with are single parents, the elderly, individuals who have a disability, or people who are unemployed. These statistics give us some insight; however, we encourage each of you to develop a personal relationship with our community members to learn their unique story.
Staffer In Training Position
Seeking young adults who are interested in Hinton Center’s Service Ministry Leader position, but do not yet meet the age or outside of high school requirements for 2017. It is our goal that SITS will apply for the Service Ministry Leader position in 2018. SITS are young adults with leadership capacity, and are passionate about living out their Christian faith, building relationships with others, mentoring youth, and leading teams on home repair worksites.
View the full details of the position here: sit-posting
Download the application here:sit-summer2017
QUICK INFORMATION FOR YOUR VISIT
Service Ministry Leaders
Hinton Center equips 8-10 college-aged young adults to work in the summer as Service Ministry Leaders. The Service Ministry Leaders (SMLs) help lead teams, hold small group discussions, facilitate lunchtime devotions, foster relationships between volunteers and community members, and lead programming throughout the wek. SMLs go through a week of intentional training before volunteers arrive in the summer and are also First Aid/CPR certified. Hinton Center also hosts two Duke Divinity School ministerial interns who lead and oversee ministry alongside the SMLs.
While Hinton is well equipped with summer leaders and staff, church leaders and adults are responsible for their youth during the time at Hinton.
Customized Weeks or Weekends – A Year Long Outreach
Hinton Center has transitioned its Mission Outreach Program from being solely a summer based mission opportunity to a year long outreach. Teams are invited to contact us about creating customized week or weekend mission opportunities. You’d be surprised what can be accomplished and the relationships that are built within a weekend trip. Cost will vary depending on your group.
College age groups are encouraged to call for spring and fall break 2017 mission opportunities.
What does it cost to attend the Summer Missions Program?
Early Bird Special Discount! – If first deposit received by 12/1/16, 10% discount for entire group will be applied to final payment amount which is due 30 days prior to arrival.
– Total fees for all-inclusive trip: $389/person
– First deposit with group application: $150/person (Non-refundable after 12/31/16)
– Second deposit and confirmed number of participants: $100/person. Due by 2/1/17 (non-refundable)
– Final payment and all forms: balance due 30 days prior to arrival
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