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 by the Sea
- PURE SOUND Choir Tour
- El Salvador
- Mountain T.O.P.
- Middle School Mystery Trip
Making a Difference in Our World!
- 2020 - Mountain T.O.P. Blog - Read post by our own Greta Mock!
- 2019 - UMC Palacios Newsletter article about Mission by the Sea!
World Vision Global 6K for Water
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.
Nov 22 @ 1:00 PM
Student Ministries will offer Thanksgiving Baskets to families each year.
2021 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)
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: 2021 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)
Cost: $ 1,350 (apprx)
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: June 27 - July 3, 2021
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.
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!
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
- JC: 40 hours total
- MS student: 8 hours
Missio Dei: 4 hours
- Stapling Lists: 1 hour
- Day of Setup: 1 hour
- Delivery (1 bag): 1 hour
- Delivery (multiple bags): 2 hours
April Mission Day: 4 hours
- 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.