Love in Action

Livi Knust
Camp Founder

"This is a brand new summer Day Camp coming into fruition in conjunction with the United Church of Christ- St. Augustine. This camp is to serve children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and their siblings. This began as my brainchild since I am a very spiritual person but I am not as Conservative as some Christians are. I wanted my son to go to a welcoming camp that allowed pupils to learn about spiritually, social justice and environmental stewardship without the restriction of organized religions. UCC of St. Augustine agreed. We are currently looking for children who may be interested in attending this camp this summer. I am so happy that Chelsea Vandenberg and Donna Cooney for taking the lead with me."

Camp of Compassionate Unity

 For children who are deaf and hard of hearing and their Families

Chelsea Vandenberg
Camp Director

Camp of Compassionate Unity (CCU)

For Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and Their Family

June 4- August 3

Excluding the week of July 2-6

Monday - Friday 7:30am - 4:30pm

Committed to:

Spiritual Nourishment

Personal Enrichment

Community Wholeness


Based on UCC resource "Faith Practices"

Week 1: June 4-8 

Conversations with God or your higher power and Making Ritual

Week 2:  June 11-15

Being a Good Neighbor

Week 3:  June 18-22

I've Got Talent

Week 4:  June 25-29

Compassion Training

Week 5:  July 9-13

Experiencing Beauty

Week 6:  July 16-20

Playing and Living Joyfully

Week 7:  July 23-28

Social Responsibilities

Week 8:  July 30- August 3

Blessing and Letting Go

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Church World Service works with partners to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world.  Around the world, they support sustainable grassroots development, disaster relief, and refugee assistance, and we educate and advocate on hunger-related issues.  In the U.S., we help communities respond to disasters, resettle refugees, promote fair national and international policies, and provide educational resources. 

Once a year, the UCC of St. Augustine has a drive to collect materials to make "comfort kits" which are sent to Church World Service for distribution during times of disaster.  These kits contains items such as hand towel, washcloth, comb, toothbrush, bandages, and more.

St. Johns Ecumenical Food Pantry We partner with 12 other churches to support and run a food pantry.  In 2010 the St. Johns Ecumenical Food Pantry distributed 126,000 pounds of food to nearly 3,000 families.  It is funded wholly by the churches and charitable contributions and does not receive any tax dollars.

Members of the UCC of St. Augustine volunteer their time to operate the food pantry one afternoon a month.  A collection container is available on Sunday mornings for loose change that may be jingling in the bottom of their pockets or purses.  There is also a basket for the collection of non-perishable food items.

Illinois Church Mission Team A mission team from a UCC church in Illinois is heading to Florida once again. Our church provides this comitteed group of individuals with a hospitable stay as they offer disaster recovery assistance in the area. Read more...