FRIDAY, JUNE 9 - MONDAY, AUGUST 7, 2017
Riverside will be a NEW QuadW mi site in the summer of 2017!
Arlington UMC is the home church where interns will stay - in a newly converted community family center called the “Heart and Soul House". It is a big old house that used to be the church’s Education Building a couple decades ago. The Church has a new vision it is wanting to live into: "Transforming Faith into Acts of Service and Praise!” We see our church as being the "Heart & Soul of the City". We are situated in the middle of several neighborhoods with people of different ethnic back grounds, though around 47% of them are Hispanic/Latino.
Our church is asking for your prayers as we move forward with God's mission to serve our community by developing ministry for the new community family center called "Heart & Soul House". We hope it can become a place to engaged with our neighbors in learning new things like: crafts or a new language, or to play basketball or volleyball with our friends; or maybe we will dance and make music together for fellowship and worship and praise God in new ways that move our spirits as one!
This site already hosts a welcome center for migrant children and has an advocacy and education program for all ages called CANTA! We look forward to interns joining in with this new adventure - where kids will have fun learning at our program “CANTA Summer for Kids”. Other fun activities are: “Messy Church- Fiesta Church”, VBS, and the Coffee House Church called "Tertulia", featuring a program called Life Tree Café! Come help us make this first year a great start to many summers of adventure in ministry!
Riverside is located in the heart of the Inland Empire, over an hour east of LA, is lush with trees and founded in the 1870s as the birthplace of the California citrus industry. It is the home of the Mission Inn, the largest mission revival style building in the US. In many ways the city retains its colonial Spanish charm.
Depending on traffic conditions in one-and-a-half-hour time, from here, you can find yourself in downtown Los Angeles, beaches on the Pacific Oceanside, famous Hollywood streets and theme parks, in the forest by Big bear or Joshua Tree National Park. Summers in Riverside can be extreme in terms of the weather, please wear clothing appropriate for temperatures in approaching 100 degrees.