There are few better glimpses into the history of this nation than the city of Philadelphia. One can still roam through the cobbled streets where Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross and George Washington once walked. We will investigate the haunts of our Founding Fathers and worship in the same places they worshiped. It is one of the oldest cities in the United States and provides us with countless reminders of our freedom.
Through its monuments and graveyards, old buildings and roads, our pilgrims will have a chance to “contemplate the sacrifices of many brave men and women.” Philadelphia has worked hard to preserve its past, but we can also see the poverty and neglect that often plagues old urban centers. Our pilgrims will discover how Philadelphia can still be called the City of Brotherly love through vital acts of service on a missions trip.
- Take some time in Christ Church, America’s oldest Episcopal Church.
- Contemplate sacrifice at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution.
- Visit the Washington Memorial Chapel at Visit Valley Forge.
- Tour the city in giant, amphibious ducks.
- Keep people warm, safe and dry by doing home repair for a low-income family.
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- Welcome to the City of Brotherly Love!
Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs are steeped in the history and tradition of the origins of our country. After you arrive, we will have a traditional Philly meal and then begin our discovery of this welcoming city. As we begin to traverse the twisting and turning streets of Philadelphia we will come across surprises and sacred stops that will warm your heart and delight your spirit. Returning back to our unique accommodation we have an opportunity to get more acquainted and then close with prayer. This is going to be a great week.
- Day 2- Art from Junk
We begin this week by serving and getting to know the staff and students at a local school that needs our help. This day will challenge us as we work in a struggling neighborhood in north Philadelphia. The students of this special school have a real shot to escape poverty through education and compassion, and today we help them. After lunch we head to south Philadelphia to visit a very magical place, filled with art created out of junk, and to shop for our first Stone Soup dinner. This evening we gather for conversation about our day and learn from each other where we encountered God.
- Day 3- Cathedral, Prisons and Icons
Today we share Christ’s love with those who live on the margins of society as we continue our time of service at the school. “Yo, Adrian!” Make sure to wear good sturdy shoes because after lunch we continue to explore the city, visiting a cathedral, an icon, and an infamous prison. After our second Stone Soup challenge we continue our discussion of God moments and end in prayer.
- Day 4- Markets and Mints
We begin service today at an organization that serves impoverished families in order to transform the city, its institutions, and those who serve as you embrace the individual needs of our vulnerable brothers and sisters. Then put those walking shoes back on and continue our discovery of some of Philadelphia’s most interesting destinations like Reading Terminal Market and the U.S. Mint. We join a historic church for evening meditation and then head back for a spaghetti dinner. Tonight we ask ourselves, “Where did I see God today?”
- Day 5- Markets and Mints
Today we continue to serve in the distribution of food, clothing, and other tasks necessary to meet the needs of people who are homeless. May our hearts grow in compassion. After lunch we visit Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell and then have some free time to shop and explore one of Philadelphia’s unique neighborhoods. Our day ends with a sunset picnic followed by our evening gathering.
- Day 6- Ancient Church
On our last full day we head out to the suburbs of Philadelphia. Here we visit a parish that Welsh settlers founded 300 years ago. We visit the original church building in which services are still held before venturing into the churchyard where we will visit the gravesites of some saints who walked before us. Then we visit Valley Forge National Park to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Tonight we complete our journey together with our Celebration Dinner at a special hidden location.
- Day 7- Take the Love Home
Your week in the City of Brotherly Love has been a blessing both to you and the people you have served. As you head back home, may you carry a piece of Philly home with you. May the love of Christ go ahead of you, spurring you on to good works and generous love back in your hometown.
Legacy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- *This is the base cost of the trip. Your cost may differ depending on housing, activities, etc.