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As we were cleaning up, people started to walk out and when I looked at the back door, I saw a man standing there. He looked at me, smiled and gave me a thumbs up. Still to this day I can’t tell you why it struck me in the way that it did. There was a known peace between us of what had happened. He received his meal and his scripture and in his own way shown me what it had meant. At that moment he was telling me that today he was going to be ok. Maybe not tomorrow or the next day but today he had been given the tools to find happiness in his life.
The "Stay Mission"
Boston-North Backyard Mission is ready to launch! The website https://secondchurchboxford.org/bnbm is nearly complete. Our first group is coming in July (Charlotte Congregational Church, UCC from VT). Before we host this and future groups, we thought we would give our program a trial run.
To that end, we are hosting a “Stay Mission” and inviting you all to participate. We will be the pilot program for the Boston-North Backyard Mission. Our mission will be to participate in this program, serve our community and evaluate the program. We will take a constructive look at the job sites as well as our own facility to see what more we can do to be good hosts: offering quality work projects and welcoming hospitality. There will be three full days set aside for service opportunities. We will sleep at the church and shower right here on campus. Our “Stay Mission” will begin Monday, June 22, 2020 at 8:00 pm, and conclude Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 8:00 pm. If you are age 14 or older, including any and all adults, you are invited to be a part of this unique opportunity!
To participate, complete a Registration form. The cost of the program is $100 and will include your meals and snacks beginning Monday through Thursday evening. A $50 deposit will confirm your participation. Deposits are due by Sunday, April 5, 2020. We ask that you treat this like any other mission trip. You will not be able to leave to go to work, or hang with your friends. We ask that cell phones and other electronics be left at home.
For more information or if you have any questions, please email Betsey Guest-Natale (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please consider becoming a part of this pilot program to serve our neighbors...because people living on the edge are as close as our backyard!
Please return your completed registration form and deposit to the church by April 5, 2020.
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Some of our recent mission trips:
Pine Ridge: A Learning and Serving trip to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation working with an organization called Re-Member. Check out our video presentation: Re-Member 2019
Manhattan Mission: a mission trip to NYC working with an organization called YSOP. Check out our video presentation: Manhattan Mission, NYC
Maine Seacoast Mission: In the summer 2017 we went to Cherryfield, Maine to work with Maine Seacoast Mission. Check out our video presentations: Maine Seacoast Mission.