Church-Family Mission Trip FAQs

Church-Family Mission Trip
Barefoot Republic Camp 

October 11 – 15
Depart: October 11 at 4:00 P.M.
Return: October 15 at 2:00 P.M.
Cost: $125 per person or $300 per family
Click here to register.

First of all, thanks for considering joining us for this mission experience.  Our mission statement calls us to exhibit God’s love through worship, education, and service.  We will strive to do all three of those with passion and excellence on this short mission trip.  Second of all, we are attempting something crazy. Going with families of all ages with different family norms, different routines, different parenting styles, and differences that you only recognize when you spend an extended amount of time together.  This is going to be hard, but it’s going to be worth it and it’s going to be a whole lot of fun.  This is the first time in a long time that the church has done something like this, so your questions will really help as we prepare to be sent out in mission together.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the church-family mission trip for?
Church-family means our whole church family. We are one big family. This means babies, toddlers, children, youth, parents, adults, grandparents, empty nesters, seniors, etc. This means anyone who wants to come serve and worship together is welcome!

What will be doing?
We will be worshiping together, eating together, playing together and working together. In regards to working together, we will do trail maintenance, light carpentry work, painting, and crafts.

What is the schedule?
Our schedule will be flexible, but this is the following structure:
8:00 A.M.: Breakfast
9:00 A.M.: Opening Worship (Large Group to Small Group)
10:00 A.M.: Work
12:00 P.M.: Lunch
1:00 P.M.: Sabbath
2:30 P.M.: Work
6:00 P.M.: Dinner
7:00 P.M.: Fun Games
7:30 P.M.: Closing Worship; Evening Prayers

Where will we be sleeping?
We recognize that different families have different bedtimes. If you put your kids to bed at 7:00 P.M., put them to bed at 7:00 P.M.  If your kids nap, they can nap. The location of the evening programming is virtually the same location as the cabins.  Please bring noise machines and any other typical items you use in your home for night time routine (favorite stuffed animal, bedtime book, etc.).  For mission trippers who do not go to bed at 7:00 P.M., the evening program will last for roughly an hour and then there will be board games and other activities for participants of all ages to enjoy.  Lights out will be no later than 10:00 P.M..

Families and individual participants will be sharing cabins. Think summer camp cabin, except these cabins have central heat and air as well as nice bathrooms.  There are approximately ten bunk beds in each cabin.  There is an option to bring Eno hammocks as well as tents and just camp out by the cabins.  We will not put families together that have adolescents of different genders.  There is also an option for an all male and an all female cabin.  If you’d prefer not to share a cabin, we can talk about options.  If you’d like to pick the family you’ll be sleeping with, let us know.  The bathrooms are also in the cabin.  There is private space for showering as well as several stalls.

Can you come for part of the time instead of all the time?
Participants will have the best experience if they stay for the whole time.  The teaching, work projects, and worship experiences are all set up for a team of people to share the entire time.  However, Barefoot Republic Camp is close enough to Nashville that if people need to go back one evening or just for the day that will be possible.  Understand, its plausible to just come for part of the time, but not necessarily beneficial for the mission experience.  We also understand that life happens and work happens and sometimes staying the entire time just doesn’t. The cost remains the same no matter how long you stay.

What does this look like for preschool and elementary children?
We want families to be able to bring kids of all ages, but we do not have special childcare for infants.  If you are planning on bringing your infant, you’ll need to bring a pack’n play as well as baby food and baby monitor and any other infant care items you may need. If you are planning on bringing your toddler or preschooler, we will have activities for them to participate in but supervision will be done by mission trip participants.  This does not necessarily mean you have to be with your toddler, but it also doesn’t mean that you won’t.  Kindergarteners and first graders will also have specific tasks that will help with our projects, and like the toddlers and preschoolers, they will be directed by mission trip participants.  We are really going for an it takes a village mindset here.


Childcare
There is no official childcare.  There will be no time that kids will be left alone without supervision, but supervision will be shared amongst the group.  While we are going for an it takes a village mindset, you are ultimately responsible for your children.

What will I be doing with my kids?

Kids will be working alongside adults throughout the week, and adults will be working alongside kids throughout the week.  There will be a variety of projects as well as worship experiences, some of which will be strictly for adults and others of which will be for both adults and kids.  As much as possible, we are striving for kids of all ages to be legitimate participants in everything we do.

What if I have dietary restrictions
If you have dietary restrictions we ask that you bring your food along with you.  There will be space in the kitchen to keep your food as well as a freezer and refrigerator for public use.

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