OGDEN -- Churches wanting an easy community service project for their young people are invited to participate with youths at Alpine Church, Brigham City Bible Church and Refuge Church next Friday, Saturday and the Monday and Tuesday following.
Youth leaders have scheduled a number of service projects over four days from June 21 to June 25 with a break June 23.
There are several projects to choose from each day, and the schedule goes throughout the workday. Each project generally lasts about two hours.
"I got enough service projects for four days for 100 people, and we have maybe 50," said Brent Hinsley, youth pastor at Alpine Church.
He said groups that wish to help out can go to just one project or they can help out throughout the entire four days, as meets their needs.
Hinsley was planning for the third The Huddle Urban Mission Project conference, which brings together Christian youths from throughout the area to camp and serve over several days.
But Hinsley said overscheduled youths at a number of the churches that normally participate have kept the numbers down.
This year, the camp is free, as the camping part has been cut out because of low numbers.
Hinsley said the youths will meet together for four days to accomplish the tasks he has registered for with Your Community Connection, Family Connection Center, Utah Food Bank, UAID (an organization for families with children with disabilities), Catholic Community Services, Ogden Salvation Army, the Marshall White Center and a kids club to be administered by Brigham City Bible Church.
"We already did all the work (of setting up the projects). All they've got to do is show up," he said of the youth groups he hopes will participate.
Hinsley said The Huddle Urban Mission Project -- or THUMP -- conference was very successful the other two years area church youth leaders have held the event.
He said those who participated were happy with the many acts of service they were able to complete in a short time.
He hopes others will enjoy such fulfillment, too.
Youths questioned during those two years of activities said they were surprised to learn what a difference they could make through their efforts.
Those who are interested in participating this year may call Hinsley at 801-698-4520 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.