Boston-North Backyard Mission, a ministry of Second Congregational Church of Boxford, welcomes groups to a variety of urban and suburban service experiences in and around northern Massachusetts. Uniquely situated in a picturesque location with an outdoor lakeside worship space, our church serves as a wonderful retreat after serving the urban poor in nearby city neighborhoods or aiding local suburban service groups.
Participants will experience a variety of service opportunities during their week. You will serve food insecure persons in the city of Lawrence, the poorest city in Massachusetts, at a restaurant-style soup kitchen. You may serve organizations that provide necessities to vulnerable children, or offer therapeutic riding for those with disabilities, or grow a sustainable food system. You will explore a variety of ways to serve others and learn what inspires you. Because, you serve best when you, in the words of Howard Thurman,
“Don’t ask what the world needs.
Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.
Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.”