As you likely approach Roanoke from one direction or another on Interstate 81, the mountains and greenery will have impressed you for quite a while. Roanoke is a city with impressive buildings, a cool downtown, and rolling hills everywhere you look. Hidden in this southwestern Virginia city are nearly 100,000 people. When you look around, you won’t know where they could all possibly be! However, once you meet these genteel southern folks, you’ll be glad you found them.
Roanoke has impressive schools, colleges, parks, entertainment, restaurants, and more. But just like any major city, the cool parts are often only a few blocks away from surprisingly poor conditions. You can drive through entire sections of the city that simply cry out for help. Neighborhoods look like they haven’t been improved or maintained for 20 years or more. There are many small homes clearly owned by seniors who have called Roanoke home for their entire lives but cannot maintain the property. Families are in situations where no amount of hours at an inadequate wage will cover all their bills and needs.
Your group will remember their trip to Roanoke for years to come. But even more than their trip, they’ll remember the people they met and served.
|Jul 13 2020 to Jul 17 2020||Junior/Senior High (12+)||Available||$250||Keep Me Informed|
The church host location is a place for participants to gather every morning for worship and training and to return to for a powerful and high-energy night of music, celebration, and teaching after our day of service.
Once you register, a trip advisor will provide you with specific details on the host church location so you can book your accommodations accordingly.
Lodging, breakfasts, and dinners are not provided at Merge. Lunches will be provided on Tuesday-Friday. You will choose and book your own accommodations. Here are some suggestions—call local churches within your denomination to see if you can use their facility or look at the specific Merge location you’re interested in and search for hotels within close proximity. We aren’t affiliated with any hotels but are always available to answer questions.
Projects might include providing meals for the homeless, helping lead a day camp, sorting food and clothing at a distribution center, working with children in low income neighborhoods, or light home repairs.
You and your group may want to visit the iconic Roanoke Star, which sits atop Mill Mountain and overlooks the entire region. The star can be easily reached via the Blue Ridge Parkway, the scenic roadway that winds through the heart of Virginia's Blue Ridge.
Roanoke offers many free, interesting things to do, such as hiking, exploring art downtown, geocaching, and frisbee golf.
|Price:||$250 per person|
|Register before October 31,
||No deposit is required.|
|Register June-October||Deposit of $50 per person is due October 31, 2019.|
|Register November-March 15, 2020
||Deposit of $50 per person is due upon registration.|
|Register March 15, 2020-May 15, 2020
||Deposit of $50 per person plus 50% of your group’s balance is due upon registration.|
|Register after May 15, 2020
||Your entire balance is due.**|
You can find additional information on specific locations by visiting this page.
Merge is a gathering best suited for teenagers and youth leaders.
Yes, you must have 1 adult (21 years of age or older) for every 8 youth (20 years of age and under).
Yes, Group Mission Trips requires that all participants 18 years of age or older be screened and background checked by their church prior to attending.
Groups must provide transportation to and from the mission trip as well as daily to and from the sites. (Mileage or fuel costs are not reimbursed for any transportation costs.)
3-6 p.m. Check-in
8:00 a.m. Morning program
9:00 a.m. Student & leader training
12:00 p.m. On-site lunch
4:00 p.m. Return from service projects
7:00 p.m. Evening program
Safety is our top priority!
Yes, there will be staff on site to organize and run the event.
Service opportunities may vary by location but will include things like light home repair and community service projects to help residents in need. Those projects might include providing meals for the homeless, helping lead a day camp, sorting food and clothing at a distribution center or working with children in low income neighborhoods.
Lodging, breakfasts, and dinners are not provided at Merge. Lunches will be provide on Tuesday-Friday.
You will choose and book your own accommodations. Here are some suggestions—call local churches within your denomination to see if you can use their facility or look at the specific Merge location you’re interested in and search for hotels within close proximity. You could also look into camping options in the area and create a fun experience with your youth. We aren’t affiliated with any hotels but are always available to answer questions.
Once you register, a trip advisor will provide you with specific details on the conference location so you can book your accommodations accordingly.
Programs at Merge include powerful and high-energy worship, celebration, and teaching after each day of service. As you engage in high-energy worship and teachings, students and leaders alike will be inspired and encouraged to build the kingdom of God in your school, your community, your church, and your world.
Register at any time. No payment due until October 31, 2019.
Payments can be made here online, by phone, or by mail.
Call us! If there’s space available at your Merge location, we’ll ask for necessary payment. If you have a cancellation, and you’ve exhausted all efforts to re-fill spaces, call us to make cancellations. We’ll adjust your balance accordingly. If you cancel a space before May 15th, 2020 you’ll just lose the $50 deposit. The entire fee is forfeited for cancellations made after May 15th, 2020.
We recognize that unexpected events happen that can pull participants away from their original commitment. Please give us a call, we are happy to talk through ideas to recruit other participants and keeping your group intact.
If there is no other option but to cancel your group, call us by May 15th, 2020 to let us know. As long as you cancel by May 15th, you’ll only lose $50 per spot. All mission trip fees will be forfeited for any cancellations after May 15th.
We request modest clothing choices in our Code of Conduct. While Group Mission Trips doesn’t have a formal dress code, we serve local organizations that do have specific requirements for volunteers. Don’t be turned away from your assigned project due to inappropriate dress!
We ask that all participants arrive on time and stay for entire time. Every part of the program is valuable and helps guarantee a life-changing experience. We really try not to make too many exceptions to this because it does effect other participants, partners, and work projects--so please check the schedule and make travel arrangements accordingly. Contact us if a situation arises.
All trips are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so register early. However, if you register for a trip that’s full, we’ll give you a choice: Join the waiting list for your first choice, or register for your second-choice location. Call us. We’re eager to help!
Absolutely! Don't just take our word for it. Give us a call (1-844-258-9616) and we'd be happy to connect you with other youth leaders who have served with us.