Spring Break 2018

Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas coast and many parts of Houston this past August. We’ve all heard the stories, know someone affected, and have seen the pictures on social media. And we want to help be part of the solution.

The Hurricane Harvey Mission Trip is a four day relief effort over Spring Break for middle and high school students to come together and serve the city of Houston. Our heart for this Spring Break trip is to spend four days selflessly serving those whose lives were devastated by volunteering our labor and sharing the love of Christ. Our desire is to teach our students how love and mercy go hand in hand inside of the Kingdom of God.

Registration

Spring Break 2018

March 11-14, 2018

Please note: The church we are partnering with can only take 40 of our students. We expect this trip to fill up fast!

Registration fee: $150

Late registration begins Tuesday, January 23 (fee: $200)

In order for us to steward our resources well for this event, refunds can only be issued if you cancel at least 21 days prior to the event

FAQ

Over spring break, our STUDENTS ministry will head together as one unit to Houston to help assist churches on the ground still contributing to the recovery effort. Many parts of Houston have not yet recovered from the devastation. Together, our junior high and high school students will join Bayou City Fellowship in serving the city of Houston. Our students will stay at lodging provided by the church. This four-day trip will focus on living out the Gospel with our hands and with our lips, as we serve and share the Gospel with those still in great need.

Any student in middle school or high school that attends STUDENTS at the Austin Stone. We are only able to take 40 students on this trip.

Sunday, March 11th at the For The City Center at 3pm.

Transportation to and from Houston will be provided by the Austin Stone in 12 passenger vans.

Both middle and high school will travel to Houston together on this trip. However, they will serve at different worksites and process through the end of each day in age-specific groups. We will do our best to have your student placed with other kids from the DCOMM, Campus, or age group.  

Needs change week to week, therefore we will not know exact work sites/projects until we arrive. The work will be age appropriate and focus on restoring homes and serving families in need. High School work groups will be mixed gender and will include 9-12th grade students only. Middle school work groups will be mixed gender and will include 6-8th grade students only.

Lodging will be provided by Bayou City Fellowship on the church grounds. Students will be will be separated by gender.

We will do our best to have your student placed with other kids (same gender) from their DCOMM, Campus, or age group.

We are looking to recruit 6 parents to join us on this trip to help serve at worksites, cook food for the week, and be on call for emergencies. Interested in being part of the parent team? Email Dan Robinson at dan@austinstone.org

Please contact Scott Frazier or Dan Robinson in the case of an emergency. Expect a call from Scott or Dan if there is an emergency on our end.

Yes, cell phones will allow our leaders to be better connected to the students and serve our primary goal of keeping them safe.

We recommend students bring an additional $30-$40 for fun and free time activities.

Packing List

What to bring

Dress for success

  • Closed toed shoes, work boots, flip flops
  • Austin Stone STUDENTS T-Shirts
  • Casual clothes for nights & worship sessions
  • Active clothing that can be ruined to wear while working at job sites
  • Warm clothing: sweaters, sweatpants, jackets
  • Accessories: sunglasses, hat, and watch

For use at the Bunkhouse

  • Sleeping bag, blow-up mattress, or bedding sheets, blanket, pillow
  • Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Soap & Shampoo
  • Any necessary medication

For Session & Freetime

  • Bible, pen, journal
  • $40 spending money for freetime fun

Do Not Pack

  • Pack clothes that allow you to be presentable, but not attract unnecessary, unwanted attention to yourself. Leave the following at home:
    • See through clothing
    • Spandex: workout shirts, shorts, yoga pants
    • Tops: tank tops with less than 2 finger width straps, camis, low cut, tight
    • Bottoms: too short, too tight, or flashy
    • Clothes that indicate age inappropriate activity: eg. a beer company logo
  • No alcohol, drugs, schoolwork, explosives, or weapons of any kind. These will be taken up and never returned.

Tentative Schedule

Sunday

3pm – Arrive/Check-in at For The City Center (more details to come)

4pm – Leave for Bayou City Fellowship

7pm – Arrive at Bayou City Fellowship

7:30-9:30pm – Evening Session & Processing

9:30pm – Unpack & Free Time

11:00pm – Lights out

Monday & Tuesday

7am Wake up/Bible REAP time

7:45am Breakfast

8:45am Leave for worksite

9:00-12pm Morning worksite

12pm Lunch at worksite

1–4pm Afternoon worksite

4:30pm Return from worksite

5-6pm Cleanup & Freetime

6pm Dinner at Bayou Church

7:30–9:30pm Night Session & Processing

10pm Free Time

11:00pm Lights out

Wednesday

7am Wake up/Bible REAP time

7:45am Breakfast

8:45am Leave for worksite

9:00-12pm Morning worksite

12pm Lunch at worksite

1–3pm Afternoon worksite

3:30pm Return from worksite

4-5:30pm Cleanup and pack up

6:00pm Return from Houston

9:30pm Pickup at For The City Center

Additional Information

  • In order for us to steward the resources well for this event, refunds can only be issued if you cancel at least 21 days prior to the event.
  • Both middle and high school students will travel together on this trip, but serve at different worksites, and process through the end of each day in age-specific groupings
  • We will do our best to have your student placed with other kids from the DCOMM, Campus, and/or age grouping.  
  • If you have any further questions please reach out to your Student Director

Travel

  • Lodging will be provided by Bayou Church on the church grounds. Genders will be separated.
  • STUDENTS will join Bayou City Fellowship for their Spring Break mission trip worship and teaching each night
  • More information regarding pick up and drop off locations, and handling medications will be provided ASAP
  • Food will be provided by the Austin Stone and Bayou City Fellowship.
    • Breakfast is provided by the church.
    • We will take sack lunches to each worksite.
    • Dinner will be prepared by our parent team.
  • Transportation to and from Houston will be via 12-passenger vans

Parent Team

  • We are looking to 6 parents to join us on this trip to help serve at worksites, cook food for the week, and be on call for emergencies

Interested in being part of the parent team? Email Dan Robinson at dan@austinstone.org

Work sites

  • Exact work sites are not given out prior to arrival as the need in the city change week to week
  • High School work groups will be mixed gender and will include 9-12th grade students only
  • Middle School work groups will be mixed gender and will include 6-8th grade students only

Worship/teaching

  • Worship and teaching for the week will be orchestrated by Bayou City Fellowship
  • After each nightly service, students will process through the teaching in their work groups