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.

FUMC Palacios Newsletter article about Mission by the Sea!

Mission Projects

2019-2020 Projects

World Vision Global 6K for Water
Sat, May 16, 2020

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 Baskets
Nov 19 @ 6:00 PM

Student Ministries will offer Thanksgiving Baskets to 100 families this year.

Thanksgiving Meal Delivery "Thank You" Note

Mission Trips
2019 Fall Afresh (9th - 12th Grade) Mission Trip

Date: Nov 24 @ 10:00 AM - Nov 26 @ 5:00 PM
Cost: $50

Join the fun as we travel to Palacios to do some much needed work during Thanksgiving break.

Register Here 

2020 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.

*Save $50 if registered by March 1, 2020


Mission by the Sea (6th - 12th Grade)

Dates: May 31 - June 4, 2020
Cost: $350*
Registration and $100 Non-refundable Deposit by March 1, 2020

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: June 18-25,  2020
Cost: $450*
Registration and $100 Non-refundable Deposit by March 1, 2020

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: June 26 - July 3, 2020
Cost: $ 1,350* (apprx)
Registration and $200 Non-refundable Deposit by March 1, 2020

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)

Dates: July 10-19, 2020
Cost: $705*
Registration and $100 Non-refundable Deposit by March 1, 2020

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.

Middle School Mystery Trip (5th-7th Grade)

Dates: July 27-31, 2020
Cost: $375*
Registration and $100 Non-refundable Deposit by March 1, 2020

Go to some places where we will do stuff, including serving opportunities and have a lot of fun.

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

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.

Notes:
  • 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


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