Youth Service Project

Sierra Service Project’s Mission is to “Build faith and strengthen communities through service to others.” Through acts of service in rural and urban communities, SSP invites youth and adults into a closer relationship with God through a focus in three areas: 

GRACE: At SSP, we know God to be a giver of wonderful gifts. We believe each person receives God’s grace freely, and seek to extend that grace without condition to everyone we meet.

SERVICE: We practice selfless service, following the example of Jesus Christ. We believe every person is valued and carefully fashioned in God’s image, worthy of love.

COMMUNITY: We believe that living in community invites us to open ourselves to the possibility of a transformational experience. Together, we open ourselves to grow and be led by the Spirit. 

As we gathered in community this summer with three other youth groups in Smith River, we were invited to ‘share the meal’ of God’s abundant love with one another. We were challenged to both receive and extend the invitation to ‘the table,’ as we all took part and participated in welcoming community. 

SSP’s theme this year: “A Place at the Table,” inspired and challenged us in our faith and in how we live this out in our lives – at home, at school, in our church and in our community. We hope to inspire and challenge you this Sunday as we share our stories of grace through worship and during our report-back.

YSP Team leads Service: Sunday, August 25, 10 a.m. worship,
Report Back – 11:15 a.m. in Simkins Hall
(lunch will be provided)

Youth Service Project – Radio Feature
While the youth were on their trip, the local Smith River Community Radio station did a feature about the service project, and First UMC Youth Emily Plukas was part of the group that was interviewed. Listen Here


A Look Back: 2017 Youth Service Project Trip


In 2017, the team worked with Appalachia Service Project in the Appalachia Mountains at the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. They repaired homes in a small rural community for people with limited financial resources.

Video by Adam Guerrero

Music: The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This (Lyric)

Check out this Focus On with reflections from several of the 2015 volunteers: