Student Missions & Service

We believe that serving is tangible way to show God's love to others.  Students have the opportunity to serve in a variety of local mission projects throughout the year, and can participate as members of mission teams serving outside of the Austin area each summer.

Mission Projects

2021-2022 Projects

World Vision Global 6K for Water
Date: tbd

Youth at Bethany participate in World Vision Global 6K for Water to bring life-changing clean water and fullness of life to children in communities around the world.

Thanksgiving Meals 
Sun, Nov 21, 2021
  • Pick-up Meals to Deliver: 12:15 - 1:00 PM
  • Meal Delivery: 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Student Ministries will offer Thanksgiving Baskets to families each year.

Pick-up Bags to Fill:  Oct 23 & 24
Return Filled Bags:   Nov 14

Mission Trips

2022 Mission Trips

This year we have online registration for all trips.  Click on your trip to get information and register.   (Grade level is determined by the current school year) 
Students can earn funds for Mission Trips and Choir Tour through various fundraising opportunities throughout the year.
If you have already registered but want to make online payments, click here

Mission by the Sea (6th - 12th Grade)

Dates: Jun 5 - 9, 2022
Cost: $400

Days are spent on service projects for the people of Palacios such as painting homes, bay front litter gathering, cleaning windows, or yard work.  Evening activities in camp and the local gulf community include games, fishing, and swimming, worship, hanging out and making new friends.

PURE SOUND Choir Tour (6th - 12th Grade)

Dates: 2022 date tbd

Pure Sound travel with youth and adults, singing and working at churches, nursing homes and local missions along the way. In 2020 we will go to Colorado!

El Salvador Summer Trip (must have completed 10th grade)

Dates: tbd
Cost: tbd

Serve in Shalom Home children’s home doing manual labor during the day and ministering to kids in the evenings.

Mountain T.O.P. (8th - 12th Grade)

June 10 - 19, 2022
Cost: $750

Join with other Christians from across the U.S. in showing the love of Christ to others by doing yard work, building porches and painting houses for those in need living in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee.

Camp Eagle (5th-12th Grade)

Dates: July 5-9, 2022
Cost: $400

Group camp with other churches in the HIll Country.  Fun games and activities. 

President's Volunteer Service Award

Bethany is a certifying organization for The President’s Volunteer Service Award, the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging citizens to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition. The award recognizes United States citizens who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period.  

The required hours are as follows:

Teens ages 11-15:  Bronze - 50 hours, Silver - 75 hours, Gold - 100 hours

Young Adults ages 16-25:  Bronze - 100 hours, Silver: 175 hours, Gold - 250 hours

Bethany's 12-month period will run from May 1 through April 31 and the awards will be presented at the Annual Stockholder Celebration in August.  We will certify hours done with the church and hours served elsewhere in the community.  For hours to count toward the award, youth must get a signature from the volunteer coordinator where they volunteer.  Please use the attached form for signatures.  If a youth turns 16 within the 12-month period, they will be considered a young adult.

This award is a tremendous honor and sets you apart from your peers.  It also looks awesome on college resumes!

If you have questions, please email Amanda Garrett at .

The following are Bethany events for which youth can earn volunteer hours and the number of hours that have been predetermined for each event. 

Mission By the Sea: 

  • JC: 43 hours total
  • HS student: 15 hours total
  • MS student: 13 hours total

Salt & Light Mission Trip: 15 hours

Choir Tour: 3 hours

Surviving & Thriving: 21 hours total

Mountain Top: 45 hours total

Mystery Trip:

  •  JC: 40 hours total
  •  MS student: 8 hours

Missio Dei: 4 hours

Thanksgiving Bags:

  • Stapling Lists: 1 hour
  • Day of Setup: 1 hour
  • Delivery (1 bag): 1 hour
  • Delivery (multiple bags): 2 hours

April Mission Day: 4 hours

Backpack Ministry

  • Filling Bags: 1 hour per event

Other opportunities may be available at the church, but hours will vary.  These include but are not limited to Backpack coordinating, Breakfast with Santa, Pumpkin Patch.

  • PVSA does not allow volunteer hours for leading worship or making donations.
  • Youth may earn volunteer hours for working pumpkin patch as long as they are not receiving funds toward their own youth accounts.

Volunteer Hours Log

Medical Forms:

Making a Difference in Our World!