ROXBURY, NJ – Young members of The First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna are keeping their missionary efforts close to home this summer, pursuing good deeds in and near Roxbury while spending their nights in the church.

It’s what the church’s pastor, the Rev. Carie Morgan, called a “stay-cation,” but there isn’t much relaxation taking place. Instead, participants are volunteering their services at local charities, social services sites and other non-profit, community-oriented organizations.

On Tuesday, a group of teen and young adult First Presbyterian members were hard at work helping at the Habitat for Humanity houses being built close to the church on Main Street.

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Morgan was with them and, despite the heat and effort, she and the others seemed to be having a good time.

Last year’s summer mission took First Presbyterian Church congregants to Philadelphia for five days of urban volunteerism. This year’s effort, called “Mission Adventure,” will entail seven days and cost less money.

“We can put more money to our local community and more church members can participate,” Morgan said. “I think our people are excited. We really let the youths have a lot more leadership.”

On Monday, a team from the church helped organize a storage closet at Roxbury Social Services’ headquarters in Succasunna. Today, they plan to do property maintenance at Camp Johnsonburg in Frelinghuysen, Morgan said. Thursday will bring a trip to Manna House in Newton, she said.

Other activities include helping Merry Heart Senior Care with its “Christmas in July” celebration and yanking weeds at the Roxbury Community Garden in Succasunna.

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