2018 Student Ministry Missions

Help us make a difference in the world

Good Shepherd is a mission oriented church we serve our members, our neighbors our community, and our world.  Join with us this year as we go on some great adventures to serve our brothers and sisters near and far.  This year we are taking a trip to Bayou La Batrie   
Join us in 2018

We are excited to announce that we have 31 people signed up to go to Bayou La Batre this summer. This is going to be a great trip! The dates are June 10th thru June 15th. We will have a parent and student mandatory meeting in April to give you additional info.

All balances must be paid in full by May 27th, as the church has to pay in advance of our actual departure. Please remember that by paying your deposit, Good Shepherd is now legally required to pay the full amount of your youth's balance, whether you back out or not.  

Bayou La Batre, known to locals as “The Bayou,” is located on the Gulf of Mexico at the southwestern corner of Alabama. The shores of the Bayou offer scenic beaches and marinas bringing a beautiful backdrop to this small-town community steeped in southern tradition and Cajun heritage. Considered to be the “seafood capital of Alabama,” Bayou is a community that lives and breathes with the shrimping and fishing seasons. The seasonal and unpredictable conditions of the seafood industry have a significant impact on the community. Within the unpredictability of the seafood industry are the effects of significant environmental factors like hurricanes and oil spills. Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill are among the most recent disasters to impact the community of Bayou. Though both events brought devastation, the community remains resilient. YouthWorks has had a presence in Bayou since 2000 and has become a staple in the life of the community during the summers. YouthWorks serves the community through Kids Club and Work Projects. The Kids Club is seen as a safe place for kids during the summer. Families submit Kids Club applications beginning in early spring. Work Projects, such as painting, yard work, and other small repairs, are also in high demand, with our partners collecting applications for projects year-round. Service – as outlined above, is a mix of Kid’s Club and center work projects. There is a mid-week switch between the two types of service. They are adding an Outrageous Sports Camp to the Kid’s Club program for older children that are more active and have outgrown the Kid’s Club program. The Kid’s Club program is large, typically between 80-100 children.

We will be staying at the Bayou La Batre Community Center. They do have bunk beds but there are no mattresses on these bunks. Your youth will need to bring sleeping bags and air mattresses. There is air conditioning at the center, however it is a little finicky – a little warm during the day but it is colder at night for sleeping. There are individual shower stalls onsite at the community center.

We can't wait to take your youth to Bayou LaBatre! It's going to be a blast! Evening activities: Monday – beach night; Tuesday – tour of community; Wednesday – local worship service; Thursday – community cookout at the park.