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By Allie Osborne. Photos by Susan Brown and Skyler Cumbia.
FBC’s Youth 2 group spends one week every summer on a mission trip. We travel to a community out of state, working long hours to meet a need and make a difference in people’s lives.
Boston calloutThis summer we are helping with the renovations of a Boston church, but our work starts long before departure.
To go on a mission trip, each youth must complete eight service hours for the church. The FBC Endowment Fund covers the housing costs for each youth who performs 15 or more hours. [Click here for details on service hours guidelines and opportunities.]

Youth service hours

Photo by Skyler Cumbia

Fifteen hours may seem like a lot, but the church provides more than enough opportunities.

Volunteering for TLC (Tender Loving Care), a program that cares for young children while their parents attend worship, is a popular way for youth to earn their hours. Freshman Megan Evans and sophomore Brayson Nesbitt acquired the majority of their hours doing TLC.

Youth service hours

Photo by Skyler Cumbia

“The kids were so excited to be at church,” said Megan. “It was interesting to hear them talk about God.” Megan also worked with the Clothes Closet Ministry, which supplies clean clothing for people in our community. She describes the experience: “I loved seeing the expression of joy on [their faces]. They were all so thankful.”

Upward Basketball offers another opportunity for service hours. Upward’s friendly yet competitive games are on Saturdays in the FBC gym. Youths can help coach a team, referee a game, lead a devotion, or, like junior Kitt Allred, earn hours by working the concession stand during the games.

Youth service hours

Photo by Skyler Cumbia

Eighth grader Claire Johnson also participated in Upward Basketball by assistant-coaching the cheerleading team. Claire earned other hours by volunteering with Vacation Bible School (VBS).

VBS is a summer program open to children from the church and the community to learn about God in a fun, interactive way. Dillon Dunham describes his experience with VBS by saying, “I really loved VBS. The way children look up to you really makes you feel like you’re worth something. To be able to teach them about our God really made me glad that I was there.”

Most opportunities for earning service hours involve young children, but sometimes the youths find other ways.

Youth service hours

Photo by Susan Brown

Skyler Cumbia operates one of the cameras during worship services for the TV Ministry. She also participated in the annual Bethlehem Walk. [This is] “an interactive outdoor drama of first century Bethlehem telling the story of Jesus’ birth through His resurrection,” said Skyler.

Eight hours of service is what it takes for each youth to go on a mission trip. Eight hours multiplied by approximately 80 Youth 2 students? Looks like FBC Youth are making a difference before the real work even starts.


Allie Osborne, a tenth grader at Louisa County High School, is a member of the Girl’s Soccer Team and is vice president of the Debate Team. In addition to writing for FTF, she is a reporter for the Lion’s Roar newspaper and a tutor for the LCHS Writing Center. At FBC, Allie participates in Youth 2 activities, including Sunday school, Choir, Girl’s Ensemble, and Youth Council.

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