“When we go on mission trips to serve others with humility, it changes those we serve for sure. But it also changes us. And that can be a very, very good thing.”

 –Rev. Kibbie Laird from a sermon titled, “Why Mission Trips Matter,” June 2014


July 20 – July 27, 2019

Come serve in Appalachia, an area rich in resources and beautiful landscapes.  Floods and economic hardships due to the decline of the mining, steel and manufacturing industries have scared the region and let to a rise in homelessness, drugs, and more.  It has fractured the heart of many and hopelessness is all too common.  Your presence and willingness to serve will go a long way to uplift the local church and infuse fresh hope in the community.

Orientation for this trip will be Sunday, April 7, after Worship.  


Signup Deadline

*Early Bird Deadline and Pricing: Dec 31, 2018, $800.

Starting Jan 1, 2019, the cost for the trip will be $900.


Registration & Application Forms
Click here to download, complete and return the application and release forms, along with your payment check to Rev. Kibbie Laird.

Appalachia (West Virginia)

Total cost is $800 (Early Bird)/$900 (after Jan 1) per attendee, which includes participant and work project fees, housing, food while traveling, and gas and tolls.

You may want to provide an extra $50 for your child if she/he wants to purchase a t-shirt, hat or other incidentals, but this is not required.

Nature of Service

Nature of service: Live out the gospel through our work on various projects from roofing, cement work, tiling, or whatever projects are needed in the community. This will likely be an intensive “swing a hammer” type trip, with the opportunity to deliver food to families and to work with children in the late afternoons.

No previous experience required.

Adult Chaperones Are Needed

We need 1 female and 1 male parent to drive and chaperone. In the past, two
parents have shared the week. Chaperones are mandatory.

We cannot attend this meaningful trip without a sufficient number of adults.

For more information or to get involved, please contact Rev. Kibbie Laird at 203.966.0002 (ext. 15), or via email at Kibbie@fpcnc.org


Dates TBD – this trip is not yet scheduled.  Our last Iona trip was Summer 2016, and we make this trip on a regular basis.

(Those who have completed Confirmation)

The Iona Community is a dispersed Christian ecumenical community working for peace and social justice, rebuilding of community and the renewal of worship. As we live communally with Christians from different walks of life and different traditions in the Church engaged together, we will participate in acting, reflecting, and praying for justice, peace and the integrity of creation; convinced that the inclusive community we seek must be embodied in the community we practice.
We will be staying the MacLoud Centre, designed with a particular emphasis on enabling young people and families to get the most out of a stay on Iona. Meals are eaten in the Centre Community room, and the food is simple, healthy, and mainly vegetarian. The Island is small: it has two general stores, a restaurant, Post Office, craft ships, pottery, and bookshop.

As we live communally, we will participate in walks and expeditions, arts & crafts, discovering the natural environment of Iona, social events and ceilidhs (a traditional Gaelic social gathering, which usually involves playing Gaelic folk music and dancing), and a specially planned program for our pilgrimage experience, creating space for prayer and reflection. This is an opportunity to practice living justice, peace, and integrity in a small community in order to bring social and spiritual change to our church, city, country and world when we return.

Chaperones Are Needed:

For every 5 kids we bring, we will need 1 male or female adult (over 25 years old) to assist in the supervision of the pilgrimage. We cannot attend this meaningful trip without a sufficient number of adults.

To learn more about this program visit the Iona Community website: http://iona.org.uk/

* For more information or to get involved, please contact Rev. Kibbie Laird at 203.966.0002 (ext. 15), or via email at Kibbie@fpcnc.org.

Signup Deadline:

TBD – this trip is not yet scheduled.


The MacLeod Centre – Isle of Iona, Scotland


TBD – this trip is not yet scheduled.


TBD – this trip is not yet scheduled.