Known as “The Big Day of Serving,” this massive joint effort is organized by Group Mission Trips—a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Group Mission Trips provides dynamic opportunities including service events that help children, youth, and adults connect with Jesus Christ while serving people in his name. It is a part of a new movement of Christian teens across the country “uniting to show what it means to be the hands and feet of Jesus.” Group is interdenominational, focusing on the core beliefs that bring Christians together.
Since 1977, Group has hosted nearly a quarter of a million participants and provided more than six million hours of volunteer service directly to people in need, making a real difference by serving elderly and disadvantaged people while also having fun working with friends and meeting other teens from the area.
In anticipation of The Big Day of Serving, near Chicago - Yorkville’s community director, Bill Ziech, says, “I can’t wait to not just see how the community is renovated, but also to see how lives are transformed in this process. Our team of volunteers is hard at work putting together an amazing experience for those that attend Yorkville’s Big Day of Serving.”
Dennis Bowers, youth leader for Peace Lutheran Church, took his youth group to help with a previous Big Day of Serving. He said, “It was good to see the youth work so hard to show God’s love to other people they had never met.”
City officials are invariably amazed at what well-organized youth groups can accomplish in only one day. The local response to The Big Day of Serving is extremely positive, and the citizens of the renovated neighborhoods are typically overwhelmed with renewed pride and hope. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.
As Cheryl Boettger, education director for Mt. Washington United Methodist Church, said, “I like the one-day format. My group had a wonderful day, and we were grateful to have the opportunity to serve.”
Local and area-wide groups of teens are encouraged to get involved in The Big Day of Serving in Yorkville. Youth leaders are invited to register their entire groups (grades 6-12) to participate. Early-bird registration is only $29 per person and includes pre-event project selection and coordination, a kickoff rally on the morning of the event, all supplies and project materials, lunch, devotional materials for mid-day break, and a neighborhood Block Party Celebration to finish the day.
Complete information for participating in this powerful event of synergy and service to make a dramatic difference for people in need is available by phone or on the website.
September 15: Yorkville, IL
September 22: Lima, OH and St. Paul, MN
September 29: San Diego, CA
October 13: Enumclaw, WA | Danbury, CT | Akron, OH | Grand Rapids, MI
November 10: Atlanta, GA