Youth group from Mountain View Lutheran Church in Arizona bagging vegetable at First Lutheran Food Distribution
2014 NYU Alternative Spring Break Trip
Spanish Immersion 2007
Participants from our 2014 Ministry in the City with Pastor Lobdell
Throughout the summer months, we host youth group interested in service. Groups are housed at our churches and participates in many of our service ministries. Examples of the service projects include, bagging groceries and serving meals during food distributions, working within our community gardens, painting projects, etc. Like many of our other trips, students are introduced to many of the organization working within LA to bring about change.
Over the last several years, NCP been a site for many college groups participating in Alternative Spring breaks. Alternative Spring Break is a movement within Colleges where students forgo the traditional Spring Break options in favor of spending a week volunteering. This week-long experience provides students with the opportunity to participate in community service projects as well as to learn about issues of poverty, racism, hunger, etc. Example of service projects include: serving meals at a soup kitchen, gardening, working with youth, and creating and handing out hygiene kits to the homeless.
Read the recent experience from UCLA's Alternative Spring Break
Every January, New City Parish offers a two-week Spanish Immersion course. This course provides participants the opportunity to begin or continue the process of learning Spanish. Our Spanish classes are taught by professional teachers from CETLALIC, a progressive lanuage school based in Cuernavaca, Mexico. During the two weeks, students are encourage participate in a home stay with one of our Spanish-speaking families to further develop their language skills. In addition to class, participants learn about the work of urban nonprofits, study, reflect on relevant Bible themes., and learn more about this rich diverse city. This course are open to everyone.
During our J-Term session, we offer a five day mini course that explores the reality of urban ministry. Students are able to witness firsthand the challenges and joys of working within urban ministry. Participants join in Bible Study, Sunday worship, guided walks around our communities, and conversation with communities leaders. In addition to being immersed in our multicultural congregations, students are introduced to local community-based organizations working to improve conditions within our communities. These organization include but are not limited to, CLUE, SAJE, and Hope Street Family center. Housing is normally provided by members within our communities.