Urban Mission Trips

Our team facilitates summer mission trips for your youth or multi-generational groups and spring break trips for our college ministry partners.

Trips are $350/person with a $50 discounts if booked before January 1st with discounts available to certain ministry partners.

The trips include curriculum to help train participants, worship services, lodging, 14 meals, ministry staff, project materials and evening activities

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Partnering with the local church

Any short-term mission trip is only as valuable as the organization's ability to keep the work going after the team has returned home. The work of The Cross | Erie serves the community in the heat of the summer as well as the dead of winter. The efforts your team contributes will have an impact to a local church continuing all year long as we provide a community to support faith and encourage ongoing discipleship.

We invite you to join us as we follow the words of Jesus spoken in John 12:26, "Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me."

Activities for the week

Being a church in such an impoverished community means that we have close relationships with many services that serve the people that worship with us. Our mission trips partner with these organizations to give them something more than just referrals. Your groups may be restoring blighted properties with Our West Bayfront (see us in the news), facilitating vacation Bible school and building relationships with families in transitional housing with Erie United Methodist Alliance, or working on community projects with ServErie.

Evenings are filled with fun activities to build relationships among the participants. Some examples of activities that we do are minor league baseball games, beach nights, or other sight seeing in Erie. Every night is concluded with worship and small group discussions.



5 pm: Arrival for worship with The Cross | Erie

6 pm: Dinner with the church

7 pm: Cleaning up and moving in

8 pm: Orientation

9 pm: Large Group Gathering

10 pm: Church Group Time

11 pm: Lights out


6 am: Breakfast Crew

7 am: Breakfast served to community and eaten together

8 am: Clean up/lunch packing/personal devotionals

9 am: Depart to work sites with lunches

3 pm: Return from work, showers, snacks

4:30 pm: Adult leader meeting

5:30 pm: Dinner

6:30 pm: Evening Activity

9 pm: Large Group Gathering

10 pm: Church Group Time

11 pm: Lights Out


6 am: Breakfast Crew

7 am: Breakfast served to community and eaten together

8 am: Clean up/packing up/personal devotionals

9 am: Good byes and depart

Cost and expenses for trips

Everything that you need for the trip is included except transportation. Participants will receive a t-shirt, prizes, and gifts. There is no need for any other expenses but groups have often supplemented the trip after with trips to Waldameer or gifts to ministries that they have served.

The cost of the trip is $350 with $100 due at registration ($50 if before January 1st), $125 due 3/1 and the remaining $125 balance due 6/1. Senior Pastors are free with groups of 10+ and half price for groups of 5+.