Summer of Service 2020

SOS 2020
Expanding Care

For those entering grades 6-12

To register, click on the theme name below.

Due to COVID-19, we are unable to hold an in-person Summer of Service program this year. However, that does not mean we can’t connect and put goodness out in the world!

This year Summer of Service will take place through at-home kits that youth can use for daily service projects, small group check ins and more. Each week of Summer of Service has a different focus based on the overall theme of Expanding Care. Being at home so much this year can make it feel like our whole world revolves around the four walls of our homes. Our goal together is to expand our circles of care in healthy, sustainable ways. 

  • Week One: July 6 – July 10 | Care for Creation
    • If you have a desire to care for our planet, learn about sustainable practices, get outside and appreciate nature – this is the week for you! You’ll learn to make plant-based meals, develop your own garden, spend time in the woods, expand your creative side with an up-cycling project and more! 
  • Week Two: July 13 – July 17 | Feed the Hungry
    • If you have a desire to care for those experiencing food insecurity, if you like to cook and provide a meal for those you love, this is the week for you! During Summer of Service: Feed the Hungry, you’ll experience a week of outreach through neighborhood food drives, cooking for loved ones, making sandwiches for the unhoused and more! 
  • Week Three: July 20 – July 24 | Love your Neighbor
    • If you love to reach out and spread love and kindness in the world, then this is the week for you! Join us as we decorate our neighborhoods with messages of love, learn about the physical impact of loneliness, participate in small acts of kindness and seek the beloved in everyone!

SOS General Information (of course 2020 looks different than this!)

The award winning program is for kids entering grades 7-12. During a typical day of SOS, participants engage in hands-on service projects in Lawrence, Lowell, Boston, and the greater Merrimack Valley. Some of the volunteer sites include ABC House, Common Art, Gaining Ground, Rosie’s Place, Neighbors in Need, Johnson’s Farm, Marland Place, Cor Unum. After participants arrive in the morning, organize into small work groups, they caravan to work sites. The group comes back together in the afternoon for lunch and fun activities. Fridays are beach days! Registration opens mid-spring. While priority is given to church members, all are welcome!

In past years, our SOS kids have harvested, planted and sorted fresh produce for different farms and pantries throughout the Merrimack Valley; created art with homeless individuals in Boston; served meals at soup kitchens in Lawrence and Chelsea; prepared and served lunches for volunteers at Habitat for Humanity build sites and at the ReStore, and they’ve put in hours cleaning the windows and other areas of our church. In the afternoons, they have enjoyed each other’s company through crazy, wild games and eating tons of Flav-Or-Ice!