Cookouts Before Service Trips

Is your parish young adult group headed out of town for a volunteer service trip? Get the crew together for a backyard cookout before they leave. Spend some time talking about the biggest hopes and fears for the upcoming trip and end with a closing prayer for the safety of travelers and the community about to receive volunteers. Have an additional group of people from the parish meet them at the airport on the day of their departure for a send-off blessing.