How About an Urban Mission Trip?

mission inn logo 2Seeking a hands-on mission opportunity for your youth group, young-adult group or intergenerational group but not sure where to start or how to plan such a big project?

Why not consider a trip to the inner city for an urban mission experience? The congregation of Union Avenue Christian Church hosts its own Urban Mission Inn – dedicated space within our inner-city church, which is designed to house up to 30 people (youth/adults/college students, etc.) who have come to the inner city for mission work (or those groups who are passing through St. Louis on their way to do mission elsewhere and need a “port in the storm”).

We provide:

  • separate sleeping areas for males and females (or however you would choose to divide the group) in newly carpeted and painted and rooms;
  • inflatable mattresses and bunkbeds(to save you a little packing space in the van)
  • bathrooms (with four onsite showers)
  • Onsite showers
  • Onsite washer/dryer
  • extra towels, washcloths, soap, and other little amenities;
  • commercial-quality kitchen space for preparing meals and storing food;
  • a community lounge area perfect for group worship or discussion time.

But wait … There’s more! In addition to providing space, we also offer help in planning your urban experience by assisting you, if needed, in setting up volunteer opportunities at local food pantries, homeless shelters, programs for inner city children, senior centers, and other ministries and outreach organizations that might suit your group’s gifts. We will also offer help in scheduling other cultural activities unique to St. Louis to help enrich your urban experience. Groups are invited to stay for anywhere from a week to just a weekend.

Union Avenue Christian Church is situated near downtown St. Louis, mere blocks from “The Loop” (a trendy neighborhood in nearby University City that caters to colleges students and offers a host of ethnic restaurants, affordable fast food, and shops) as well as being conveniently located near the St. Louis Arch and riverfront, Busch Stadium (home of the St. Louis Cardinals), and Forest Park (home of the St. Louis Zoo, Science Center, Art Museum, and other free attractions).“Great,” your thinking, “but what will this cost?” Though we welcome any donation a group might want to give to this outreach ministry, we only ask a “save-the-date” deposit of $100 per group. Our main goal is to provide a welcoming space for those who are coming to help the “least of these” in the St. Louis area.

So, if you are interested in offering your group an experience of the sights, sounds and challenges of the inner city while putting their faith into action, please feel free to contact Rev. Brian Kirk for more information.

One thought on “How About an Urban Mission Trip?”

  1. What an amazing opportunity this sounds like!

    I will be organizing and leading our youth mission trip for 2010, and while we have a tentative site already chosen, I need to know some information before considering your opportunity for 2011.

    We bring 6th – 12th graders together for our youth mission trips. This summer we traveled to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to be told that the youngest members of our group were not allowed to serve.
    So, is there any age limitations for us to come serve in your community?

    Thank you for all you are doing, and I look forward to your reply.

    Cathie Courtois
    Church Program Director
    First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Keokuk, Iowa

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