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Youth Missions

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Youth Missions Trips

Mission trips connect people with what God is up to all around them, and teenagers are an important part of what God is doing! Missions push students to connect with others, communities, and most importantly Christ! Missions give students the opportunity to see and love people in a the radical way the Jesus did. Here at FUMC we want to provide students with these opportunities, and it is our prayer that they will take the experience of missions and change the way that they live.

Upcoming Mission Trips

We are inviting all 7th-12th grade students to join us in serving our local community this summer the week of July 19th-23rd! This youth mission week will be similar to a “typical” mission trip that we might go on during a summer, however we will be serving right here in our own back yards! Students will participate in a variety of different types of ministry throughout the week and learn how their service affects their faith!


This mission week we will be coming together with a number of other youth groups in Northern VA. Sydenstricker UMC will be the host church for our group worship sessions in the evenings. Students will come together each morning to serve and then will return to their homes each night. Covid protocols will be in place. To register for this mission experience please use the Google Form to the right (also available at this link). Please register by July 14.


After registering please, complete a onetime payment of $50. This reserves your spot and covers expenses and materials for the mission week. You can complete payment using the online payment portal, or by submitting a check.


*We never want financial barriers to be a reason a student cannot participate in youth events here at Fairfax UMC! If your family has a financial obstacle that is stopping a student from participating, please contact our director of Youth, Kyle Johnson. All concerns and inquires are kept confidential.


Past Mission Trips

2019: Costa Rica Senior High Mission trip

In Summer 2019 we took a group of 20 Senior High students to Poas, Costa Rica, a rural mountain community. We served with the Rice and Beans ministry, whose goal is to spread the gospel to the unreached primarily through a large feeding initiative. Each day our students would load into buses with multiple ten-pound bags of rice and beans on each arm, and we would go door to door sharing food and conversation with individuals and families. It was a powerful ministry! We also had the opportunity to lead children’s ministry and do some labor intensive projects throughout the week.

2019: Savannah, GA Junior High Mission Trip

In Summer 2019 we took a group of Jr. High students on a mission trip to Savannah GA with the Youthworks organization. In Savannah, our students participated in a large variety of ministries throughout the week, including working with the Salvation Army, animal shelters, and feeding center; doing relational ministry in nursing homes; and assisting with home improvement projects. Our students had the privilege to explore and learn about Savannah’s history and love on the community well during the week!

2020: Local NOVA mission week.

Although the Covid-19 pandemic hit us in 2020, it did not stop our tradition of doing missions in the summer! Instead of traveling for a mission this summer, we decided to hop into the mission field right here in our backyard! In a joint effort with other local youth groups we put together a group of 50 students who went out each day of the week and served with ministries here in northern VA. It was a different experience than mission trips in the past, but it was a nice reminder that missions can happen right here in our home town!


Give to Support Mission Work


Your donation will go directly to the Youth Missions fund to support local and global missions trips and outreach projects.