“Have you heard? FaithX registration opens on Feb. 1, at 6 p.m. (central time)!” said an invitation from FaithX staff Marissa Witkovsky-Eldred. “The FaithX Office invites you to join them this summer to put your faith into action!”
A total of 12 service trips are planned for junior high, senior high, and adult groups. The We Are Able experience is for youth and young adults with intellectual disabilities and adults who participate alongside them. Spain is the destination for this year’s international trip for the adult age group.
The theme for FaithX 2023 is “Voices for Peace” (Romans 15:1-6, The Message). Find a theme statement at www.brethren.org/faithx/theme.
Four junior high experiences are planned for:
June 11-15 at Camp Brethren Heights in Rodney, Mich., supporting the outdoor ministries by completing building projects and cleaning up the grounds in preparation for summer camp.
June 21-25 hosted at Roanoke (Va.) First Church of the Brethren, volunteering with the Rescue Mission of Roanoke.
June 25-29 hosted at Harrisburg (Pa.) First Church of the Brethren, serving at Vacation Bible School, bcmPEACE (Brethren Community Ministries), and the Brethren Housing Association.
July 9-13 at Inspiration Hills Camp in Burbank, Ohio, working on outdoor and indoor projects that keep camp looking beautiful for summer campers and visitors.
Please pray… For the success of the FaithX summer service experiences this year, and for God’s blessing to each person who participates.
One junior and senior high ecumenical experience is planned for:
July 30-Aug. 4 in Winston-Salem, N.C., making a positive impact in partnership with SPARK and alongside formerly or currently homeless individuals, in community with other non-Brethren youth groups.
Five senior high experiences are planned for:
June 10-16 at Camp Koinonia in Cle Elum, Wash., working on cleaning, construction, and maintenance projects in preparation for summer camp and retreat groups.
June 18-24 hosted at Peace Church of the Brethren in Portland, Ore., serving at SnowCap, a current Brethren Volunteer Service site.
June 25-July 1 hosted by Washington (D.C.) City Church of the Brethren and the Office of Peacebuilding and Policy, volunteering at organizations in the nation’s capital that are seeking to end food insecurity and meet the basic needs of all people in the DC region.
July 9-15 in Knoxville, Tenn., partnering with the Knoxville Dream Center to provide recovery services to the homeless community.
July 16-22 hosted at Palmyra (Pa.) Church of the Brethren, working with horses and other animals and assisting with riding lessons at the Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association.
One international experience is planned for an adult group:
May 28-June 7 (plus travel time) in Spain, partnering with the Church of the Brethren in Spain to build community and assist with the needs of local congregations, which may include construction, outdoor upkeep, and relational service.
The We Are Able service trip for youth and young adults with intellectual disabilities, and adults who will participate in support, is planned for:
June 19-22 in Elgin, Ill., participating in the work projects at local food banks and distribution centers in the Fox River valley of northern Illinois.
New pricing model
A new three-tiered pricing model is being introduced this year, which allows participants to choose a fee that most closely reflects their ability to pay for a FaithX trip.
The three tiers are:
— Supporter (actual cost plus a gift to FaithX)
— Standard (actual cost)
— Subsidized (discounted cost)
The fees for the three tiers depend on the age group of the participant and range from $295 (junior high, subsidized) to $875 (adult, supporter). Scholarships are available for We Are Able participants through the Church of the Brethren Discipleship Ministries.
More detailed information is at www.brethren.org/faithx.
If you have any questions, contact Marissa Witkovsky-Eldred at email@example.com or 847-429-4337.
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