On Saturdays this fall, hundreds of teenagers will
converge on local neighborhoods to bring help and hope to our citizens in need. They will unite to work on projects such as painting, minor home repairs, landscaping, cleaning and beautifying city blocks, alleyways, and parks, planting community gardens, removing graffiti, and cleaning vacant lots.
Known as "The Big Day of Serving," this massive joint
effort is organized by Group Mission Trips—a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Group Mission Trips provides dynamic opportunities including service events that help children, youth, and adults connect with Jesus Christ while serving people in
his name. It is a part of a new movement of Christian teens across the country
"uniting to show what it means to be the hands and feet of Jesus." Group is
interdenominational, focusing on the core beliefs that bring Christians together.
Since 1977, Group has hosted nearly a quarter of a million participants and provided more
than six million hours of volunteer service directly to people in need, making
a real difference by serving elderly and disadvantaged people while also having
fun working with friends and meeting other teens from the area.
In anticipation of The Big Day of Serving, near Chicago - Yorkville's community
director, Bill Ziech, says, "I can't wait to not just see how the community is renovated, but also to see how lives are transformed in this process. Our team of volunteers is hard at work putting
together an amazing experience for those that attend Yorkville's Big Day of Serving."
Dennis Bowers, youth leader for Peace Lutheran Church, took his youth group to help
with a previous Big Day of Serving. He said, "It was good to see the youth work
so hard to show God's love to other people they had never met."
City officials are invariably amazed at what well-organized youth groups can
accomplish in only one day. The local response to The Big Day of Serving is
extremely positive, and the citizens of the renovated neighborhoods are
typically overwhelmed with renewed pride and hope. It's a win-win for everyone
As Cheryl Boettger, education director for Mt. Washington
United Methodist Church, said, "I like the one-day format. My group had a
wonderful day, and we were grateful to have the opportunity to serve."
Local and area-wide groups of teens are encouraged to get involved in The Big Day of
Serving in Yorkville. Youth leaders are invited to register their entire groups
(grades 6-12) to participate. Early-bird registration is only $29 per person
and includes pre-event project selection and coordination, a kickoff rally on
the morning of the event, all supplies and project materials, lunch, devotional
materials for mid-day break, and a neighborhood Block Party Celebration to
finish the day.
Complete information for participating in this powerful event of synergy and service to
make a dramatic difference for people in need is available by phone or on the