Youth Mission Trips

Missions offer a unique and exciting opportunity for youth to see places and meet people they might not have ever had the chance to otherwise. It’s also a chance for youth to grow deeply spiritually, giving back to complete strangers, bonding with people they may have just met or may have known their whole life, and learning new skills. They are truly one of a kind trips (at least until your second one), and range in location from inside Richmond to Central America. Find out more below!

2021 Mission Opportunities

With a spirit of optimism, St. James’s Youth Ministry is planning several mission opportunities for 2021. Details are subject to change so check back here or contact Mary Beth Abplanalp at for the most up-to-date information.

Creation Care Mission and Pilgrimage

We are offering a new Creation Care Mission and Pilgrimage to Florida for youth focused entirely on creation care. Through scuba diving and intentional study we’ll be focused on current threats and conservation of God’s creation. This experience was formerly the Cuba 2020 Mission and Pilgrimage that was canceled due to the pandemic but has been redesigned for a domestic trip.

The trip will take place July 8-18, 2021 in Central and South Florida.

Registration is first-come-first-served until February 15, 2021. To register or learn more, contact Mary Beth Abplanalp.

Check out our Creation Care Flyer for more information.

High School Appalachia Trip

Once again, current 9th graders through high school graduates are invited to join our week-long Appalachia Mission Trip. We’re heading back to Hurley Community Development Center in Hurley, VA to help local residents with home repairs, cleaning projects, painting, yard work, farming, etc.

Trip dates and registration for this trip will be announced early in the new year, but you’re welcome to express interest now. We also welcome additional adult chaperones.

Harvest of Hope Mini Mission

Current 5th-8th graders will again partner with the organization Harvest of Hope. We will spend 3-4 days gleaning and learning about the issue of hunger and how we are called to assist our neighbors in need.

Visit Harvest of Hope’s website,, to learn more about this awesome organization.

Trip dates and registration for this trip will be announced early in the new year, but you’re welcome to express interest now. We also welcome additional adult chaperones.

Past Mission Trips

Take a look at the fun stuff that happens on these trips!

2018 Senior High Trip
2017 Senior High Trip
2016 Senior High Trip

Parish Wide Mission Trips

There are also mission trips open to the entire congregation that youth are encourage to come on. These trips are very different from the youth only trips, and offer opportunities for parents to join in with their youth.

Celebrate Haiti on St. Francis Sunday

Join us October 6 for St. Francis Sunday, in celebration of St. Francis of Assisi who loved animals and worked with the poor. Celebrate the saint whose spiritual journey included preaching and a life of consistent imitation of Christ. Francis of Assisi embraced the impoverished, stripped himself of all worldly encumbrances and invited his followers [...]

Honduras Mission July 20-27

July 20 – 27, 2020, San Pedro Sula, Honduras The church’s longest running mission continues to flourish in this country with one of the poorest economies in Central America. (more…)

Summer Missions For Community Immersion

Join our ministry teams June 17 – 21, 2019 and make a difference! We plan to work with project:Homes, a non-profit service agency with which we have strong working partnerships. (more…)

Navajoland, Utah Mission March 29-April 4, 2019

A new mission trip to Navajoland, Utah, March 29-April 4, 2019. (more…)

Passport Program Grants Support First Mission Trip

According to church records, of the nearly 2,000 adults in our parish family, approximately 150 have been on a mission trip. (more…)

Thistle Farms Nashville

  In 2018, we began a brand-new mission for women. Thistle Farms in Nashville, TN is a powerful community of women who are healing from prostitution, trafficking, and addiction. (more…)

New Orleans

Twelve years after Hurricane Katrina, low-income people in New Orleans are still struggling to rebuild their homes, reclaim their jobs, restore their neighborhoods and return to their lives. St. James’s mission teams have been a part of the recovery from the beginning, (more…)

Local Missions and Outreach at Sunday Forum

Come learn the many joys of working on the Summer Mission teams with local agencies and citizens

Mission to Cuba Departs

A baker’s dozen of missioners from St. James’s Episcopal Church depart for Cuba today to work with the Episcopal Diocese of Cuba on improving their facilities including the development of a rural retreat named after a Virginian, Bishop Alexander Hugo Blankingship, who was the diocese’s Bishop from 1939 until the Cuban Revolution. “The possibility of […]

Hurricane Sandy Mission Trip: April 6-11, 2015

We are going back to Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.  Two years have passed since Hurricane Sandy and there is still a lot to do–interior rebuild, painting, /faith-in-action/missions/and more. Children over the age of 13 can volunteer as long as they are accompanied by an adult.  The price of the mission will be approximately $350-400.  A $100 […]

Missions Festival September 21

Music, Food and Mission Door Prizes! Take a journey to areas of need throughout the world right in the Michaux House at our Mission Food and Music Festival on Sunday, September 21, 10:15 a.m. Mission leaders will be available to sign you up for one of our planned eight missions in the next year, while […]

Honduras Mission July 15-22

Anyone interested in the Honduras Mission Trip scheduled for July 15-22, 2013 should contact Kathryn West at or 615-5355.  In San Pedro Sula, Honduras we will stay at Our Little Roses Home for Girls, where we will play games, sing, pray and share meals with the girls. We will travel to their Retreat Center for an overnight stay and […]

Summer Outreach Focuses on Local Mission Opportunity

This summer, during the week of July 8-12, a team from St. James’s partnered with Project:Homes and Virginia Supportive Housing, serving low-income and formerly homeless neighbors in Richmond. Work included construction projects and de-cluttering.   You can call it outreach by immersion or you can call it a mission trip to Richmond. What we call […]

Appalachia Mission 2013

Appalachia Mission Trip June 2-8, 2013 We plan to travel about 9 hours in a 15-passenger van to St. Timothy’s Outreach Center, Barnes Mountain, Eastern Kentucky. Many of the dwellings on Barnes Mountain require constant repair. This may include interior and exterior work such as drywall, painting, roofing, building porches, etc.   Previous construction experience is much […]

Haiti Mission Scheduled for November 2013

November 4-11, 2013, Port-au-Prince and Jacmel, Haiti We plan to fly into Port-au-Prince and spend one night there at St. Joseph’s home for Boys before travelling to Jacmel by car the next day. In Jacmel we will paint the Trinity School building, and if construction has begun on the new building for Wings of Hope […]

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