Thursday, May 9, 2019

Nashville Parent Meeting 5.8.19

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Nashville Parent meeting and first student meeting! We covered a lot of info in the parent portion so if you need to revisit anything or you couldn't make it to the meeting the slides and handouts are linked below:



During the student portion of the meeting, we had our first pre-trip training on the character that we are studying this summer, Gideon, from Judges 6. We will be studying his story and encounters with God as preparation for our own experiences this summer!

Our next meeting will be the Mission Teams Night on Friday, May 31st from 4:30-11pm. This will serve as our second pre-trip meeting and will have the second Gideon teaching as well as a team building game that we hope will help unify the team as we prepare to head to Nashville this July. If you have any questions about anything, don't hesitate to email Luke (lkincaid@wcchapel.org).


Due to Isaac's transition out of the meeting last night, there was a piece of information that was miscommunicated. Students ARE allowed to bring cell phones on the trip, but will ONLY be allowed to use them during the van ride from Williamsburg to Nashville and the van ride returning home. We will be collecting them once we arrive and locking them up for the week. If you need to contact your student on the trip, you can call Isaac at 570-223-3214.


West Virginia Parent Meeting 5.8.19

Thanks to everyone who came out to our West Virginia Parent meeting and the first meeting for the students on this trip! We covered a lot of info in the parent portion of the meeting and if you need to revisit anything or you couldn't make it to the meeting the slides and handouts are linked below:

WV Parent Meeting Slides

Meeting #1 Checklist 

Youth Works Forms

WV Support Letter Writing Instructions 

In the student portion of the meeting, we had our first pre-trip training on the character that we are studying this summer, Gideon from Judges 6. We will be studying his story and encounters with God as preparation for our own experiences this summer!

Our next meeting will be the Mission Teams Night on Friday, May 31st from 4:30-11pm. This will serve as our second pre-trip meeting and will have the second Gideon teaching as well as a team building game that we hope will help unify the team as we prepare to head to West Virginia this July. If you have any questions about anything, don't hesitate to email Nick (nmercer@wcchapel.org).

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Costa Rica Meeting #2 - 5.7.19

We had a great meeting as we did some team building and began our study of Gideon from the book of Judges.  We are going to use Gideon’s encounter with God in Judges 6-8 as a model to help us prepare our hearts and minds for all that God wants to teach us and show us down in Costa Rica.  We handed out another checklist to keep everyone on the same page about forms and deadlines.  If you need a new copy of it then just click the link below.

Meeting Checklist

Also, if you have not turned in a completed Medical Consent Form then please click the link below and turn one in as soon as you can.

Medical Consent Form

Also, don’t hesitate to email Luke Kincaid at lkincaid@wcchapel.org with any further questions.

Norfolk Parent Meeting 5.7.19

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Norfolk Parent meeting and the first meeting for the students on this trip! We covered a lot of info in the parent portion of the meeting and if you need to revisit anything or you couldn't make it to the meeting the slides and handouts are linked below:

Meeting #1 Checklist 

Packing List 

Norfolk General Schedule 

In the student portion of the meeting, we had our first pre-trip training on the character that we are studying this summer, Gideon from Judges 6. We will be studying his story and encounters with God as preparation for our own experiences this summer on our trip

Our next meeting will be the Mission Teams Night on Friday, May 31st from 4:30-11pm. This will serve as our second pre-trip meeting and will have the second Gideon teaching as well as a team building game that we hope will help unify the team as we prepare to head to Norfolk this July. If you have any questions about anything, don't hesitate to email Nick (nmercer@wcchapel.org).

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Costa Rica Parent Meeting 4.9.19

Here are the slides we reviewed at the Parent Meeting if you missed the meeting or just wanted to look up something we talked about.

Parent Meeting Slides

In addition the the information in the slides we handed out folders that included a packing list, support letter writing instructions, meeting checklist, and WCC parental consent form.  If you missed the meeting or lost one of the forms then here are links to them.

Packing List

Support Letter Instructions

Meeting Checklist

WCC Parental Consent Form

Also, if you have not gotten on our Costa Rica text lists to receive reminders then please do that by texting COSTAPARENT to 41411 or COSTASTUDENT to 41411.

Finally, don’t forget to check your passport to make sure it is not expired.  Costa Rica does require your passport to be valid for six months beyond the date of our trip which means if your passport expires anytime in 2019 then you should get it renewed.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Norfolk Day #2 - 7.20.18

This morning, the Norfolk team woke up after a great night's sleep here at Spring Branch and ate breakfast. After breakfast, we headed down the road to Union Mission Ministries. Union Mission is a Christian based homeless shelter that serves the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area. We dropped off the donations that our team had brought for Union, and then got to work in their warehouse. We split into teams in different sections of their main warehouse sorting area and spent the morning sorting, organizing, and packing food boxes that Union will hand out to families in need in the neighboring community. When we had finished with our assigned food packing duties, we went to a meeting room and got to talk with a staff member about what homelessness looks like in the Hampton Roads area and how the donations we brought and the food donations that we had just organized are going to help the over 300 men and women that spend the night in the shelter each night. We left Union and headed to a park nearby to have some lunch as well as some team bonding time where the kids (and leaders!) enjoyed the park! Our lunch spot was conveniently located near our afternoon site, Consulate Health Care. Consulate is an elderly healthcare facility with many residents who have either outlived their family or are not visited very often. Albeit a somewhat sad reality, they absolutely love when they get to have visitors and were elated to spend their afternoon with our team talking about their lives and asking about ours. We socialized with some of the residents and also settled in for what has become our annual Consulate bingo battle and as usual, our team could not hang with these seasoned veterans. We left Consulate in great spirits and headed to the beach for an hour or two of fun in the sun. We left the beach and came back to Spring Branch where we ate dinner and then gathered together for Porch Time. The team shared fun stories from the day during "Remember That Time" and we also had great participation during "I Saw Jesus!" It was exciting and encouraging to see so many members of our team share where they had seen Jesus at work in the places and people we encountered today. After singing a few worship songs, Nick gave the second talk of the trip which focused on our encounters with God or "Mountain Top Experiences" and how we should revel in them while on these trips and seek to create ways to remember and carry them with us as we head back into our everyday lives. After porch time, we split into small groups to discuss this further and then began to wind down for bed time. We had a great day and are excited to finish well tomorrow as we clean up here at Spring Branch and head to Park Place Child Life Center to spend our remaining time on the trip with the kids there before heading home. Your prayers are appreciated and we are excited to continue to see God at work here in Norfolk!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Norfolk Day #1 - 7.19.18

This won't be too long of a post, as today was mainly a travel/set up day for us. The Norfolk team left the Chapel and traveled (slower than hoped) down I64, making it to Spring Branch Community Church. Spring Branch has graciously allowed us to stay in their Student Ministry Area for our time down here. When we arrived, we unloaded the vans and settled down for some dinner. We ate and had an opportunity to explore and settle into our home for the next two nights. We then all came together for this class's very first Porch Time! Porch Time is a staple on all of our Student Ministry Mission Trips. Tonight we set up what the "Remember That Time" and "I Saw Jesus" portions of Porch Time are so that they would be prepared for tomorrow night. For those of you who don't know, each of these are opportunities to share with the whole team both funny moments from the day, as well as times where anyone had seen Jesus at work in the people we interact with, at the sites we work at, or in their fellow team members. We then were led in a time of worship, where we joined our voices together to sing praise to our God. When the singing had ended, Nick gave the first of three talks of the trip. Tonight we spoke about the idea of "opportunity."  Everyone on this trip had the opportunity to not come, to do something else with their time and yet here we all are. Just as God acted in Abram’s life in Genesis 12-15, that we studied in our pre-trip meetings. We looked at the idea that we are called to be "ambassadors of Christ" as Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:20. Part of being an ambassador of Christ is doing the work that we are called to do, as well as reflecting Christ in all that we say and do. After the talk, the team split up into small groups to continue to discuss this further. As small groups wound down, so too did the night and the team got ready for a good night's sleep in preparation for a full day tomorrow. For those who want further updates throughout the day, please text "NORFOLKPARENT" to 41411 and as always, prayers for God to move on this trip are appreciated!