"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

First Church Peoria is a church in Mission, empowered through the leading of the Holy Spirit as we seek to be the hands, feet and heart of Christ to a world that desperately needs Him. The notion of "mission" goes beyond building and renovation projects (providing for physical needs) as we are intentionally seeking to develop long-term relationships that bring opportunities for witness and evangelism (providing for spiritual and emotional needs). As a body of Christ, when we renew our vows to support our church with our prayers, presence, gifts and service, we all take part in these mission trips whether we go physically or stay behind and provide financial and/or prayer support.

Mission Trips 2017

January 9 - 16, 2017

Honduras 2017 from First United Methodist Church Pe on Vimeo.

Rev. Adrian Garcia lead a short-term mission trip to San Jose De La Vega through our Illinois Great Rivers Conference. 

Read the brochure available at this link and contact Rev. Garcia at agarcia@fumcpeoria.org if you are interested in joining the Team in 2018.

May 25 - June 9, 2017 (two weeks)
Cost: $3,900* (approximate)
*one-third of cost for FUMC members can be covered by the Mission Team's GIC budget 
Liberia Trip Information Sheet 

This trip will focus on relationship building, encouragement, and fact-finding. Destinations for the team will include Ganta Mission Station, Camphor Mission Station, and the Bishop Judith Craig Children's Village (an orphanage). Contact info@fumcpeoria.org if you are interested.

Czech Republic 
June 10 - 21, 2017 (10 days)
Cost:  $2,300* (approximate)
Informational meeting: Sunday, June 8, 2017 | 9:45 am | Shalom Room 
*one-third of cost for FUMC members can be covered by the Mission Team's GIC budget  

This trip will focus on relationship building, meeting the students from Beskydy Mountain Academy (BMA) who will come to Peoria in July, 2017, connecting with BMA students who have come to Peoria over the past seven summers, and engaging with our missionary friends with Josiah Venture and BMA.  The team will stay at Malenovice and will serve in Frydiant nad Ostravice.

Short Term Mission Covenant 

Participating in a Short-Term Mission project is an exciting opportunity to stretch your faith and see Christ use you in new ways. It is also a serious responsibility because by making a commitment to a team you are representing Christ, your church, and in some cases a hosting ministry. Therefore, we ask team members and leaders to sign the appropriate covenant below.

Short Term Mission Team Leader Covenant
Short Term Mission Team Member Covenant

Policy for Reimbursing Travel Costs for Mission Trips
To promote expanded participation in mission trips as well as encourage the raising-up of leaders to enable the work of mission trips to continue, the following policy is now in effect (providing Global Impact Celebration (GIC) funds are available): Trip leaders will be eligible for reimbursement of 2/3 of their travel expenses, with a limit of two trips per year (with advance approval) Trip participants will be eligible for 1/3 reimbursement for up to two trips per year, but only one can involve travel outside of the US (with advance approval).

The Mission Reimbursement Form is available here as a PDF document.