Welcome to 2023 Side x Side Youth Summer Mission Trip

The mission field is calling us and we are ready to answer the call! Anyone who has completed Confirmation (yes, 7th graders, that means you too!) through adult are invited to attend our Mission Trip on June 11 to June 15. Side x Side is staying local and we would love to have you join us. Registration will close at noon on April 30. We will serve with various organizations and no experience is necessary! The only requirement is that you have a heart for serving and are willing to answer “yes” to being the hands and feet of Jesus! Questions may be directed to Gaye Lynn Loufek at gayelynn.loufek@peopleofgrace.org.

We are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus! You have answered the call! When we are in the mission field and we are participating with our serving partners, we are to be a reflection of God the Father, Jesus the Son, and pay close attention to how the Holy Spirit leads us. God sees and hears all we do and say, as do those we serve. How will you reflect the love of Jesus? How will God show up through you? How will the Holy Spirit move you during our week on Side x Side?

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.  It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24


Important Dates to Remember

  1. Sunday, May 21: Meeting at Grace at 7:15 p.m. for ALL! Attendance HIGHLY encouraged. Suds on Sunday details.
  2. Sunday, June 4: Suds on Sunday Youth Car Wash Fundraiser at 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (shifts at 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)
  3. Sunday, June 4: Meeting at Grace at 6:00 p.m. for Drivers/for all at 7:00 p.m. Last minute trip details.
  4. Sunday, June 11: Commissioning at 10:30 Worship! Wear your Trip T-Shirt! (Trip Dress Code applies today!)
  5. Sunday, June 11: Lunch following 10:30 worship; Team Building Activities (11:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.) Depart Grace at 12:30!
  6. Monday, June 12: Gather at Grace at 7:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall

Mission Week Information

Trip Dates
Sunday, June 11, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at Grace 
Thursday, June 15, 2023 at 9:00 p.m. ish

Emergency Phone
630-254-8986 (Gaye Lynn’s cell)

Meals will be provided for Sunday lunch and Tuesday to Thursday dinner. We will be supporting local businesses for our dinners. Lunch is the daily responsibility of each participant.

Personal cell phones are STRICTLY PROHIBITED by Youth!  Emergency calls can be directed to Gaye Lynn’s cell at 630-254-8986. Youth will also be given permission to utilize the phone of an adult leader should he/she have a need to contact you.


A Day in the Life

10:00 a.m. Gather at Grace/Worship/Commissioning
11:45 a.m. Lunch
12:30-3:00 Team Building

Monday-Tuesday-Thursday (sample):
7:30 a.m.   Gather at Grace
7:45 a.m.   Morning Watch
8:30 a.m.   Leave for Mission Sites
12:00 p.m. Lunch
4:00 p.m.   Depart for Grace
***Evening departure hours will differ each day. More specific information will be given at our information meetings and on Sunday of our commissioning.

Wednesday: 7:30-9:00ish
Morning (Same as M-Tu-Th)
Evening (Fun Activity as a group)

Tuition Payment Plan & Additional Costs 

Side x Side   $175.00

Tuition Includes
Side x Side:                                            
    Meals shown above                        
    Extra Activity
    Morning Watch/Worship/Small Group Supplies                         
Tuition Payment Dates           
April 30, 2023: Registration and Payment Due


After April 30, 2023, please contact Gaye Lynn Loufek at gayelynn.loufek@peopleofgrace.org, to discuss your participation BEFORE you click the registration link.