Eighteen Senior Youth Group members and six adult chaperones will leave from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown early Saturday for a week-long mission trip to Topsail, N.C., where they will tackle construction projects for elderly residents.
The group’s first stop will be Washington, D.C., where they will tour the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. That visit may be particularly meaningful after a chance encounter June 23 at the Stop & Shop in Morris Plains. The Junior and Senior youth groups were holding a bake sale outside the supermarket as a final fundraiser for the trip when one of their supporters turned out to be a survivor of Nazi Germany’s Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II.
Saturday night, they will stay at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Va. On Sunday, they will continue to Topsail for their mission project. On the way home, they will celebrate their accomplishments with a visit to the Kings Dominion amusement park in Virginia.
In North Carolina, the teens will team up with 18 other young missioners from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Essex Fells. Their rector, the Rev. Stephanie Wethered, is a former St. Peter’s, Morristown, assistant.
The youth groups held multiple fundraisers for their trip, including a rummage sale, Shrove Tuesday pancake supper and cake auction. Scholarship assistance to support their mission efforts can be made out to the Alvy Rovinsky Memorial Fund and mailed to St. Peter’s, 70 Maple Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960.
The Morristown teens will post updates about their experiences throughout the trip on MorristownGreen.com.