AUSTRALIAN YOUTH ON MISSIONS
AYM is a program that consists of young people from all across Australia traveling in teams to minister at a church over the weekend. It designed to propel youth into their calling while being a blessing to local churches.
2021 applications are now open! The program will run between August and November.
Frequently asked questions
Who can go on an AYM trip?
The program is for those between 14-35.To be eligible to apply for the AYM program you need to be attending a UPC church and youth group and have a desire for God to use you. Don't forget your pastor's approval!
What kind of ministries can I be involved in?
Different churches have different needs but you can let us know what you are willing to be used in and where your strengths are. Some examples include testifying, preaching, playing an instrument, and singing.
What if I am not going to be available some dates during the AYM period? Should I still apply?
Yes! Just write in the dates that you cannot go in the availability section of the application.
When do I find out where I am going?
After your application forms come in we match you with churches depending on their availability. We also attempt as much as possible to create well-rounded teams. We usually sent out letters containing your team details and destination 1-2 months after applications close.
Can I choose where I want to go?
You can include on the application form where you would like to go but preferences cannot be guaranteed.
How is my trip paid for?
Once your team leader gets in contact with you regarding arrival and departure times you are responsible for organising and paying for your flight/transport. You will receive a rebate of 50% once you forward your tax invoice to NYM.
How does NYM help with my travel cost?
Each church that receives an AYM team takes up a special offering. Your generous giving to Sheaves For Christ also helps support this program.
What other expenses do I need to budget for?
Your host church will provide accommodation and meals while you are there. You should allow for small items that you may wish to buy while you are travelling.
How will AYM be run post-COVID?
We acknowledge that we will all have to be more flexible than ever before. Sometimes changes may occur from day to day. We still want to run a program that will impact our youth and allow them to exercise their God-given callings where they are most needed- in service to our churches.
What happens if a lockdown occurs?
If a lockdown occurs at the AYM destination, then the AYM weekend will be postponed and moved to a future date once restrictions ease. Your team leader will communicate these details with you.
If a lockdown occurs where you live, please let your team leader know as soon as possible. We will either postpone the trip or move you to another team depending on the circumstances.
What happens with my flights if I have to change my date?
As most airlines have introduced flexible policies around rescheduling tickets, we encourage you to ensure you book flexible tickets. It is your responsibility to be aware of these policies and notify your airline if you cannot travel, in order to receive a refund or credit and to manage any changes.
What about state travel permits?
Travel permits may be required to enter into some states, and potentially even to re-enter your own state. It is the duty of every team member to ensure that they are compliant with their home and destination state travel requirements.
The permit may list additional requirements to isolate and get tested when you return home. If additional requirements are required to go to your AYM destination, members should contact their team leader immediately and other arrangements can be made.