Mission Opportunities for College Students
Throughout the school year Fort Street Church hosts groups of college students who come to Detroit to work on mission projects and learn more about the city. We are glad to be able to offer them a warm place to roll out their sleeping bag, a kitchen to cook their meals in and a place to shower off the dirt from the day’s work. Church members and staff alike enjoy the opportunity to interact with such interesting students from far off places like Washington and closer places like Kalamazoo. The students, in turn, appreciate learning about the history and architecture of Fort Street and working with its mission outreach programs.
For more than a decade Fort Street Church has been instrumental in the CWS Downtown Detroit CROP Walk. This walk usually takes place on a Saturday morning in May with walkers from all over the Detroit Metropolitan area helping to raise money to alleviate world hunger. We walk a three to four mile route around downtown Detroit, stopping at churches that sponsor programs to help the needy.
Youth Mission Trip
During the summer, High School-aged youth from the church venture beyond our local mission to help out in other parts of the U.S. or the world. Trips have been taken to Rendosa, Mexico; Harlan, Kentucky; New York City and Philadelphia; Huntington, West Virginia; Havana, Cuba; Yakima, Washington; The Heifer Ranch in Arkansas, and New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. This exchange of mission and culture has enriched the lives of those participating and opened up whole new possibilities of vocations for our youth.
October IS the Month for Mission
Every October at Fort Street the mission committee hangs more than 60 country flags all around the church balcony to remind us of our mission connections throughout the world. On one Sunday we invite a mission worker, back in the states on leave, to teac the Adult Education class, participate in Worship and eat lunch with the young people.
Throughout the year special offerings are collected. At Easter its the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering for world missions, followed by the Pentecost Offering for children and youth at risk and then in December we received the Joy Offering which benefits Presbyterian racial minority colleges and retired clergy and mission workers. In addition many Fort Streeters designate a portion of their weekly offering to be spent on local or foreign missions.
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