Trip August 1-6, 2016
Pictures From 2014 Team
About McCurdy Mission
Deaconess Mellie Perkins founded McCurdy School in 1912. The first campus, in Velarde, just north of Española, began with four students. The Mission has been at its current location in Santa Cruz since 1915. Over the years, properties and buildings were added, so the school now consists of about 44 acres and 40 buildings. Maintaining such beautiful old structures provides opportunities for VIM Work Teams to make significant contributions to the school, as well as saving thousands of dollars in maintenance costs.
Today, McCurdy School is a project related to the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. McCurdy is a Pre-School through 12th grade school serving about 340 students, more than half of whom are on financial aid. There are approximately 60 on staff; one of whom is a missionary. VIM Work Teams are sponsored by local churches, districts and conferences. Participants stay at McCurdy for a week doing maintenance, repairs, improvement work, and community service. Sometimes there are off-campus projects at one of the mission churches. Nearby are many of New Mexico’s unique historic and cultural treasures. Experiencing these treasures in a Christian perspective helps one understand both the unity and complexity of God’s creation. In the Española Valley there are now five United Methodist churches that are connected through the Northern New Mexico Group Ministry. Those churches are: Alcalde, Santa Cruz, Taos, Valley View (Espanola), and Velarde. Group ministry administers Amigos Del Valle, a year-round program that directs services to about 250 elderly persons in their homes, and the La Loma Vista Cemetery Association which is the only Protestant cemetery in the area.
We invite you to participate personally in Christian mission. For many, it has been an experience in which faith has grown and fellowship has enlarged. To be a part of the mission of the church increases one’s sense of discipleship and participation in the spreading of the Gospel. If interested in a mission week, gather your friends, and we at McCurdy will help you express your faith through personal involvement and service.