Dear Parents / Guardians of Greenville Alliance Youth,
This letter is for parents of Jr. and Sr. High students. For those of you whom I have not yet met, I’m Dean Gregory and am the new Youth Director at the Greenville Alliance Church. I want to get some preliminary information in your hands to alleviate questions, fears and doubts about the direction of the student ministries. Rest assured knowing that God’s wisdom and guidance is and will always be sought through prayer and wise council to determine what events, programs, and teachings will be available to your student(s).
The overall goal for the student ministries at Greenville Alliance Church is to build foundations for lifelong discipleship by teaching, modeling, and experiencing what it is to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ. The student ministry will focus on achieving this goal in many different ways, such as, going on mission trips, bible studies, focused prayer, journaling, interpreting scripture and sharing faith with others. This goal is impossible to achieve without your help and the help of many volunteers. I am grateful for the continued support of the current volunteers, your prayers, and the prayers of the church as a whole.
God’s Creation Hike
On August 6th , we are traveling to Minister Creek Trail near Tionesta, PA to spend some time in God’s amazing creation. We will be hiking approximately 7 miles and stopping along the way for the night. While on the trip, students will learn some survival skills such as making a shelter out of a simple tarp and cooking in the woods. They will also learn to stop and gaze at God’s amazing creation. In the morning, we will have a worship service in the woods, before hiking out and coming home.
We will meet at Greenville Alliance Church at 10 am on Saturday, August 6th and return to Greenville Alliance Church approximately at 3pm Sunday, August 7th.
We need to limit the number of students able to go on this trip to 10 in order to limit the impact on the camp sites as we will practice No Trace Left Behind. Food, shelter supplies and water purification will be provided. Students planning on going will need to call Dean at 724-301-6163 to reserve a spot as soon as possible. Students will also need to bring what is on the lists below.
What to Wear:
- 1 Pair light hiking boots or good trail shoes. (crosstraning shoes will work)
- 1 Pair socks. Synthetic material or Wool. – (Noncotton)
- 1 T-Shirts. Synthetic Material
- 1 pair underwear. Synthetic material. (Non-cotton)
- 1 Pair shorts. Athletic shorts (mesh or nylon) are perfect.
What to Pack in your own backpack:
- 1 Fleece Jacket or Pullover. (Not a cotton sweatshirt)
- 1 HeavyDuty Rain Gear Set: 1 Shelljacket & 1 Pair rain pants. Must keep you dry! Will double as jacket if you get cold.
- 1 Sleeping Bag – temperature rating 50 Degrees Synthetic material is ideal – (no cotton or flannel). Can be strapped to backpack.
- 1 Sleeping Pad – (optional)
- 1 Small Pillow – (optional)
- 1 Toothbrush
- 1 Small Tube Toothpaste
- 1 Flashlight or Headlamp – small & lightweight.
- 2 Water containers capable of holding 24-32oz each.
- Sunscreen and Bug Spray
- 12 bandanas
- 1 Plastic coffee mug for eating from
- 1 spoon
- Leave enough room in backpack to fit a pew bible. This will be enough room for your tarp.
Remember to pack light. You carry what you pack plus your food and shelter! Do not bring anything with heavyscents i.e. hairspray, perfumes, shampoo, scented lotions, etc.
If you have any questions, please call Dean Gregory at 724-301-6163.