This past weekend our youth groups had the opportunity to participate in a three-day trip to Sacramento. This was our third annual Urban Plunge Mission Trip and it has become one of the most meaningful parts of our youth programs at Granite Springs. The purpose is to have students experience grace by living in community with one another, while serving their community side-by-side.
This year the teachings focused on the subject of grace. We tried to answer questions like: “what’s so amazing about grace?”, “why do Christians seem to show so little of it?”, and “what does a grace-full Christian look like?”. The students got to see grace at work in the community and started to accept the grace of God more deeply into their own lives. We spent our mornings and evenings singing songs of worship, learning from our leaders, and meeting together in small groups. We spent the other half of the mornings and the afternoons doing service projects in the Sacramento area.
The students hit the ground running on Friday, as one group went to serve at Sacramento Food Bank and another at River City Food Bank. The students served food to folks and helped get clothes in order for the Sacramento Food Bank’s community store. We also had the opportunity to do some gardening at a local community garden, to bake cookies for some elderly folks, to clean up a local church, and to take care of a family’s yard work. It was pretty hot out there, but the students stayed the course and did an amazing job!