NYC is a metropolis that never seems to rest. Words are inadequate to describe this bustling city. Affectionately named ‘The Big Apple,’ NYC is a world icon. It would take a lifetime to experience it all.
The events of 9 -11 have turned our missions trips and pilgrimages to New York into a somber time of reflection and a joyful time of thanksgiving for the chance to live and serve humanity each day. Our New York pilgrimage focuses on the dispossessed, the jumbled masses that call the streets their only home. Great exploration is also on the menu from Central Park to 5th Avenue, China Town to the Upper Westside. New York is a unique cultural experience, and one in which you have a chance to offer a voice to the voiceless.
- Ponder loss, sacrifice and faith at Ground Zero.
- Encounter the heart of God in the faces of the downtrodden.
- Join a Nightwatch service at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
- Experience NYC through the sights, sounds, tastes, smells, and feelings of the city.
- Take in a Broadway show or a New York Yankees game.
- Learn to navigate a huge city via the subway and public transit system.
- Serve the “least of these” at an eastside breakfast and grocery distribution.
- Look into the eyes of Christ as you prepare and serve food with a mobile feeding ministry.
- Act as the hands of God as you work with inner-city children.
Every Wonder Voyage itinerary (mission trip and/or pilgrimage) is personalized to the desires, direction and personality of each group. This itinerary is only a description of the kind of journey we can create for your unique team.
- Day 1 – A Little Team in the Big City
As the team heads into the city, the sights, sounds and smells will engulf us. We’ll head to the East Village where we will stay in what is known as Alphabet City. After getting settled, it will be time for a thorough orientation. Listen well, because the information you will hear will keep you from sticking out like a sore thumb.
- Day 2 – The Least of These
What did Jesus’ words, “what you do to the least of these you do to me” mean in our lives? This morning, we will serve a local mission with an intense project of serving in the greatest current need of the organization. We’ll take the afternoon for a walking tour of your choice. Will we enter the buzzing streets of Chinatown, the waterside history of Southside Seaport, the famous Brooklyn Bridge or the kickin’ jazz and jumpin’ churches of Harlem?
- Day 3 – Sacred Havens
We start out early today serving a hearty breakfast to a few of the 100,000 homeless in the city. We’ll learn the story of Fanny Crosby who served the mission and wrote some of her most famous hymns under this roof; or JC Penney, who came to the Bowery penniless and humbled before bending his knee to God and becoming one of the biggest retailers in the world.
- Day 4 – Sacred Havens
We start in the early morning at The Cloisters in northern Manhattan, a serene setting filled with monastic art. We will talk about the hullabaloo of the city and the need we all have for stillness, solitude and silence. The journey begins for a day of New York’s sacred havens. We will dive into the heart of Harlem to visit New York’s oldest African American congregation: Mother AME church. A short jaunt to the East side will bring us to St. John the Divine, the largest cathedral in the world. Lunch will be a special treat at Tom’s Restaurant, otherwise known as the exterior to Seinfeld’s Monk’s Café.
- Day 5 – Ground Zero
After breakfast we will gather for a film about 9-11. This will allow the team to witness the way the world changed on 9-11-2001 through the eyes of those who sacrificed their lives for the victims at Ground Zero. This is a somber experience that will lead to a time of silence as we head to Battery Park. We will continue our Ground Zero journey at the Sphere in Battery Park, a reminder of the destruction of that infamous morning. After a slow walk to the fireman’s bronze plaque, we’ll go to Ground Zero.
- Day 6 – Father Breakfast
Your last service time will be an unforgettable experience. Today you will be serving breakfast to over 500 homeless and immigrants at a food mission in Manhattan. You will be touched by the smiles and fellowship you have with these amazing individuals. The afternoon is open adventures for the team. This is your last chance to take in the part of NYC that interests you the most. In the early evening, we will meet back at home base and head to our Celebration Meal at a surprise restaurant.
- Day 7 – Departure
At your convenience, you will pack up and say goodbye to a fantastic week of exploration, service and encounter. The voyage is now in fact just beginning.
Legacy in New York, New York
- *This is the base cost of the trip. Your cost may differ depending on housing, activities, etc.