Youth Mission program
Following the storms of 2005 Trinity Church began a program for mission here in New Orleans. We have a proud tradition of serving this community and hope that you will decide to join us in continuing it. Whether you are a church youth group, school group, or group of adults, we want to help you fulfill your desire to serve. We have a lot to offer and a warm and friendly community of faithful parishioners who would love to meet you!
Getting Started — The first thing that we will need is a completed intake form for your group. This will tell us who you are, when you plan to be here and what services you will need from us. Once you have returned this intake form along with a $200 non-refundable deposit made out to Trinity Church we can confirm your dates.
Our Accommodations — Trinity has recently constructed a new youth center “Molly’s House” that includes dormitory space for visiting mission/service groups. It is located directly across the street from Trinity Church in the heart of New Orleans’ garden district. We have accommodations for up to 22 people split between two dormitories. Each dorm has a bathroom with two showers. Groups will also have use of the large kitchen, dining space, laundry facilities, common room as well as some fabulous covered porches. This is one of the few buildings in the city that was designed specifically for the use of service-oriented groups. We will even provide you with linens and towels!
Our Program — On the intake form you will find several options for our different program services. We can definitely cater your New Orleans experience to fit your group’s needs. If you would like Trinity to coordinate your service work while you are here just let us know. We have many partners in the community who can use the help of your volunteers and are glad to connect you with them. We would also be glad to do an orientation session with your group and tell you a little bit about the city and the work that Trinity Church continues to do to help the community. We are also willing to help lead some daily reflection sessions. You will be responsible for planning any free time activities for your group but we are always glad to offer suggestions for wonderful things that you might find to be educational and entertaining. You can find a list on our website here.
Guidelines — We do of course have a few guidelines as far as the make-up of your group. The minimum age for any participant is 13 unless special permission is given. For groups of mix-gendered young people under the age of 18 we require that you have at least one male and one female chaperone 21 years or older. For mix-gendered college groups we require that you have one male and one female chaperone 25 years or older. As a general guideline we suggest that your ratio of students to chaperones be in the range of 5 to 1. So if you have a group of 20 students we recommend that you have 4 adult chaperones.
Cost — Our required donation is $25 per night/per person minus your deposit due upon arrival for all groups who stay at Molly’s House. Please be advised that there may be a small fee associated with some of our partner service organizations.
Forms to Bring — In addition to a check for your housing you wil need to bring a couple of forms for our files. Please fill out our liability form and also bring a copy of your organizations Insurance Liability Accord form. You can find a sample of this Accord form in the links provided.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Groups will work with some of our many partners in the community:
St. Paul’s Homecoming Center
Located in the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans the St. Paul’s Center is a place where area residents can seek help in their continued recovery. Volunteers do a variety of things from minor construction projects to landscaping and painting. http://www.stpaulschurchno.org/spc_homecoming_center.htm
All Souls Episcopal Church
All Souls is the newest Episcopal Church in New Orleans and is located in the Lower Ninth Ward. The church was founded in 2006 after this neighborhood was devastated by floodwaters from the Industrial Canal. They have started many programs for children and families in the area who are still putting their lives back together. www.allsoulsnola.org
Trinity Loaves and Fishes
In its fourth year of operation Trinity’s Loaves and Fishes program operates Monday thru Saturday feeding the homeless population and volunteers who are helping to re-build our city. Approximately 2000 people are fed each month in the greater New Orleans area.
TEEP (Trinity Education and Enrichment Program)
This is a six-week summer program that takes place on our campus for neighborhood children in fifth and sixth grade. In its forty-second year of operation, daily classes are lead in art, music, language arts, science and math. Other activities include recreation, games, swimming lessons, career awareness and field trips. http://www.trinitynola.com/teep
Worship/Community Building Opportunities:
Daily Group Reflection
Daily group reflection is an important aspect to any mission trip. Before starting work each day the group will reflect on what it is about to do and how it relates to our call as Christians. Each day will end with another reflection session on the day’s events and how individuals may have answered that call.
Organ and Labyrinth
An Organ and Labyrinth worship experience takes place at Trinity every Tuesday at 6 p.m. Begun in May 2006, it focuses equally on music performed on our fine pipe organ, with occasional appearances of additional musicians. Our labyrinth is a meditative tool, whereby one is invited to walk on a traceable path that is placed on the floor of our sanctuary, while listening to music. The contemplative aspect of the experience is heightened by subdued lighting, and a variety of performed music ranging from classical Baroque to vintage rock tunes.
Sundays at 8 am (chapel), 10:30 am (church) and 6 pm (chapel)
Wednesday nights at 5:30 pm in the church (except summer)
Group Favorites In and Around NOLA:
The French Quarter
This is the oldest and most historic part of the city. www.frenchquarter.com
Café Du Monde
Stop buy for café au lait and some tasty beignets. www.cafedumonde.com
On Thursday nights bring your group to Mid-City’s famous “Rock and Bowl.” Do some bowling and learn how to dance to some of Louisiana’s best zydeco bands. We’ll even teach you the steps! Music starts at 8 pm. Call early to reserve space for your group! www.rockandbowl.com
Visit the French Quarter’s most historic music venue for old time jazz. Plan to line up at least an hour before the show starts to get tickets! They don’t sell them early. www.preservationhall.com
Giant oak trees and beautiful flowers adorn this popular New Orleans Park. www.audoboninstitute.org
Jean Laffite National Park in Barataria
Get out of the city and see some of South Louisiana’s beautiful wetlands. Guided walking tours are offered in the park or ride on an airboat with several local outfits nearby. http://www.nps.gov/jela/barataria-preserve.htm
The National WWII Museum
See incredible exhibits about WWII and learn how the people of New Orleans helped win the war! www.ddaymuseum.org.
For more information, contact Youth Mission Coordinator Matt Holt at 504-670-2516 or firstname.lastname@example.org.