St. Peter’s teens head for North Carolina mission trip Saturday


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.

Amber Tobia displays some of the home-baked goodies the youth group sold outside Stop & Shop to raise funds for the mission trip. Sharon Sheridan photo

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.

St. Peter's youth group member Alaina Boccino displays a T-shirt she tie-dyed to wear during the mission trip to Topsail, N.C. Sharon Sheridan photo

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


St. Peter's youth group members supported their mission trip through fundraisers such as this bake sale on June 23. Sharon Sheridan photo
Laundry day at the St. Peter's rectory? No, the Rev. Melissa Hall and members of the youth group are hanging up the shirts they tie-dyed to wear on the mission trip. Hard to get lost wearing those colors! Hall, St. Peter's assistant rector, will be among six adult chaperones for the 18 teens on the trip. Sharon Sheridan photo
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