YOUTH PROGRAMS

For 8 or 11 days in the summer youth live together, serve their community together and explore how God is calling them into making the world a better place.

CHILDREN'S ADVENTURE CAMPS

Participants and youth leaders engage in fun, meaningful activities in their communities and learn about how they are being called into action in their own lives.

GO YOUR OWN WAY

We will design a justice-based program just for you! Tell us when, where, for whom and  how long!

TESTIMONY

“For me, The GO Project was an opportunity to understand my own privilege and place in the world. This critical self awareness allowed me to develop an applied perspective of how to implement change in the communities I am a part of. I can honestly say I would not be the person I am today had I not participated in such a rich experience.”

– Rana

The GO Project

 

The GO Project started at Islington United Church over 10 years ago, out of a desire from the youth group at the time to go on a mission trip. They found it difficult to find an organization that fit with their understanding of theology and our call as Christians to be the hands and feet of this world while being radically welcoming. The youth, along with their fearless minister, Michael Shewburg created their own trip, in their own backyard, and in the years to follow invited others to join their journey.

Over our 10 years of ministry within the United Church, The GO Project has run youth programs in seven cities, and children’s adventure camps in over twenty cities and towns across the country.

Testimonial: Kevin

“We are a new GO host for 2019 because we feel it is important to provide opportunities for youth to explore their faith and the role of the Church in the context of real world issues in our very large and diverse country.” – Kevin, Youth GO Project host

Testimonial: Simon

“Hosting GO allowed us as a community of faith to grow in our own mission by creating space for young people while also offering hospitality to people who went from being strangers to being friends.” – Simon, Youth GO Project host

Testimonial: Meghan

“We host because GO makes change in the lives of our children and young people… The campers, staff, and volunteers become a family over the course of the week, and the kids are always sad for the week to end.” – Meghan, Children’s Adventure Camp host

Testimonial: Liam

“The leaders went above and beyond. I couldn’t stop singing and couldn’t wait to come back!” – Liam, GO Project participant

Testimonial: Rebecca

“The GO Project is a major part of who I am today, of the relationship I have with God and I carry the work of GO and all the people I get to call friends with me in all that I do.” – Rebecca, former participant and GO Project staff

Children’s Adventure Camps

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Youth Programs

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Lent Series: Clare

“The GO Project is not only a community where I am inspired to be better, GO actively fosters a space for me and everyone involved to grow into our best selves. Every year that I am part of GO, I finish the summer with some added perspective that changes the way I look at our world and how we live in it, and in September, I return to school fuelled by the memories of moments that changed my perspective and brightened my life.” – Clare

Lent Series: Lauren

“The GO Project had a huge impact on me as a young leader. It was working on farms and community gardens with GO that I first fell in love with tending and nurturing the path – which is now a daily practice for me with farming.” – Lauren

Lent Series: Rebecca

“The people I have met through this program helped me learn about intentional relationships, about the world and the greatness we all carry within. The GO Project is a major part of who I am today, of the relationship I have with God and I carry the work of GO and all the people I get to call friends with me in all that I do.” – Rebecca

Lent Series: Alex

“Seeing children passionate about going into the world and doing God’s work inspires me to continue this type work. I am very thankful for what GO does for the communities it is apart of and look forward to seeing what it continues to do!” – Alex

Lent Series: Amy

“GO fosters a creative and inclusive environment, where staff and participants grow into their faith together. GO has taught me to be open to the transformations that come from every step along my journey and to be grateful for the challenges, learning opportunities and people that have pushed me to grow into my own grace.” – Amy

Children’s Adventure Camps

REGISTER NOW

REGISTER NOW

Youth Programs

REGISTER NOW

REGISTER NOW

Lent Series: Clare

“The GO Project is not only a community where I am inspired to be better, GO actively fosters a space for me and everyone involved to grow into our best selves. Every year that I am part of GO, I finish the summer with some added perspective that changes the way I look at our world and how we live in it, and in September, I return to school fuelled by the memories of moments that changed my perspective and brightened my life.” – Clare

Lent Series: Lauren

“The GO Project had a huge impact on me as a young leader. It was working on farms and community gardens with GO that I first fell in love with tending and nurturing the path – which is now a daily practice for me with farming.” – Lauren

Lent Series: Rebecca

“The people I have met through this program helped me learn about intentional relationships, about the world and the greatness we all carry within. The GO Project is a major part of who I am today, of the relationship I have with God and I carry the work of GO and all the people I get to call friends with me in all that I do.” – Rebecca

Lent Series: Alex

“Seeing children passionate about going into the world and doing God’s work inspires me to continue this type work. I am very thankful for what GO does for the communities it is apart of and look forward to seeing what it continues to do!” – Alex

Lent Series: Amy

“GO fosters a creative and inclusive environment, where staff and participants grow into their faith together. GO has taught me to be open to the transformations that come from every step along my journey and to be grateful for the challenges, learning opportunities and people that have pushed me to grow into my own grace.” – Amy

Help us to inspire children and youth to create change!

Friends, help us to continue to make this meaningful ministry happen! We have launched an October fundraising campaign and would appreciate any help and support you can offer!

These funds will go directly to offering children and youth outreach ministry within Canada, and to inspire children and youth to be fully and deeply engaged in their communities!

Help us to inspire children and youth to create change!

Friends, help us to continue to make this meaningful ministry happen! We have launched an October fundraising campaign and would appreciate any help and support you can offer!

These funds will go directly to offering children and youth outreach ministry within Canada, and to inspire children and youth to be fully and deeply engaged in their communities!

A Ministry of Islington
United Church
25 Burnhamthorpe Rd
Toronto, ON M9A 1G9

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