Thank you to all who support our youth ! 


Summer 2020 Mission

Middle/High School Mission Trip has been canceled.

With the close quarters in traveling, sleeping, and working that a mission trip requires, the session of Maxwell Street has decided that our youth shouldn’t travel for mission work this summer due to the remaining possibilities of spreading and contracting COVID-19. 

Our youth group will practice loving our neighbors as ourselves and
good stewardship of God’s gifts as we take precaution by finding alternate ways to do mission work.

Shelli and Rachel are working on plans for a week-long mission opportunity for the youth in Lexington that will include some safe time to learn and fellowship together help our local service partners.

June 5-6         Mission in a Box

June 19           A Half Lock-in

June 28-July 3  Lexington Mission Week

Monday/ Racial Justice/ 9:00 Woodland Park, 2:00 Woodland Park
(reflective walking and discussion through Lexington’s historical markers)

Tuesday/ Environmentalism/ 9:00 Woodland Park, 2:00 Woodland Park
(discussion and volunteering with Greensource)

Wednesday/ Immigration/ 9:00 Woodland Park, 2:00 Woodland Park
(discussion with Marilyn and other immigration experts and volunteering)

Thursday/ Hunger and Housing Insecurity/ 2:00 MSPC, 7:00 MSPC
(discussion, making and serving Thursday Meal, sandwiches, blessing bags)

Each day youth needs:

  • mask
  • tennis shoes
  • comfortable outdoor clothes (except Thursday)
  • a bagged lunch (Mon-Wed)
  • water bottle
  • $30 (week’s cost)
We will provide:
  • dinner Thursday
  • snacks
  • masks if youth forgets
  • extra water
  • week’s devotional/journal
Every effort will be taken to help our youth be successful at social distancing. 
Hosting the majority of the week outdoors, with masks as much as possible, and with distancing will greatly reduce risk, but there is always some risk.

Parents who volunteered to transport will receive an email soon. 
Please reply with any other questions!

July 11            A Day at Burnamwood

June 25         Kayaking with Canoe Kentucky 

August 8        Environmental Service Day

The Environmental Service Day will include volunteering with Black Soil to help distribute their Community Sourced Agriculture at The Lyric Theatre.

To learn more about Black Soil:

There is a limited number of volunteers needed, so please let Rachel know if your youth can participate in that day’s work so we can plan alternative activities if necessary. The rest of the day will be spent doing work and enjoying the outdoors!


Rachel Vankirk Mathews – Associate Pastor of Youth, Young Adults and Social Justice

Rachel is excited and grateful for the opportunity to lead and love the youth and young adults of Maxwell Street and to follow the ever-beckoning voice of the Holy Spirit forward with the whole congregation and its community in God’s work towards a more just and loving world. Assisting Rachel are two interns this winter: Caroline Copley and Dany Vissing. Thank you, Madison for your leadership in the fall!

Caroline Copley 
 Caroline grew up at Maxwell Street, is currently working towards her Masters in Music Therapy, and served as Director at Burnamwood Camp over the previous summer prior to being a counselor in summer’s past. Caroline is very skilled at working with youth, creating fun and engaging programs, building relationships and providing care. I’m incredibly grateful Caroline is leading our youth program over the next two months! Caroline will run the weekly Youth Group programs, Sunday school, Wednesday night Middle School small group, and send the weekly youth email. Feel free to reach out to her with any questions. Contact Caroline. Responses to the youth email will also go to her email.
Dany Vissing
Dany grew up at Second Presbyterian and has been an intern with our youth since the beginning of this school year. She is working towards an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and worked as a counselor at Burnamwood Camp this past summer! Dany knows our youth at Maxwell Street very well and is great at making our activities for them fun and engaging while making them to feel welcome week to week. We’re so glad Dany will be here, working with Caroline over the next two months!

Finally, Will Burchfield and Colyn Clarke have volunteered to support the youth at each activity over the next two months. 


Thank you to these four for leading the youth program!