What is Summer Impact?

What is Summer Impact?

Summer Impact Cincinnati is a week long (Sunday-Friday) serving experience where we work alongside ministries in inner-city Cincinnati participating in building projects, day camps, delivering furniture, communing with those who are experiencing homelessness and sickness, and so much more. 

Youth groups, women's groups, men's groups, young adult groups, or any other eclectically congregating group of individuals with a desire to serve and give back are invited to join us this summer for a life changing week of serving. Groups are hosted by Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church.

The heart behind Summer Impact is transformation through serving experiences, meaningful interactions, and individual/group reflection in order to see the work that God is already doing and how God is calling each of us to partner in that Kingdom work. The hope is that teams will return home with a renewed energy and sense of where God is leading them to serve in their local community throughout the year.

Summer Impact Cincinnati is a ministry of

Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church.


Groups arrive at Hyde Park Community UMC on Sunday afternoon at 3:30p and are greeted by the Summer Impact Interns. Our interns will help get teams settled in to their rooms and give a tour of the church. Beds and individual on-site showers will be provided. The rest of the afternoon/evening will include an orientation, catered dinner, a night of worship. Teams will have an opportunity to learn about the mission of Summer Impact and our serving partners, as well as the history of Cincinnati. Each team will be assigned an intern and will be given a serving schedule for the week. 

We start serving on Monday. Every morning will start off with breakfast and a devotion led by one of our summer impact interns. This will help us shape our focus and hearts as we set off to our serving sites. Teams will then pack their lunches to bring with them to serving sites. Next, your assigned intern and team will leave to serve with a ministry partner for the day. Interns will partner with leaders of each team in guiding the teams to have a heart for service and eyes to see God working through each serving opportunity. Any materials or supplies needed for service will be provided. 

After a full day of work, teams will return to Hyde Park Community UMC for showers and time to decompress. Dinner will be served at the church followed by worship and reflection. The rest of the evening, teams may explore the city of Cincinnati (Click HERE for a list of our favorite things to do!) or spend time as a team at the church. 

Wednesday is the only day that doesn't follow the standard evening schedule. After work, teams will "be on their own" for dinner and evening activities. We suggest enjoying some Cincinnati famous chili or any other local restaurant and an evening adventure. We are happy to help you plan your evening before you arrive. Click HERE for a list of ideas for your Wednesday evening. 

Friday is the last day of serving! Teams will return to the church after serving for a final debrief and group send off by 5:00p. You are welcome to travel home that evening or stay one more night and enjoy the city!

Summer 2022 Teaching Theme

"Let Justice Roll," 2022's teaching theme, was made famous by holy troublemakers Amos and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. Holy troublemakers are people of faith committed to work for love, compassion, and justice in their corners of the world and in different ways and eras, even when that means rocking the boat. While their lives and work look different, all holy troublemakers name situations truthfully and seek justice, within themselves and with their communities. 
As we bridge faith and action, we will be spend time in worship, teaching, discussion, and reflection learning lessons from holy troublemakers of our past and present. We will explore Jesus as the ultimate holy troublemaker, and we will learn about holy troublemakers in the present and not so distant past (examples: Bryan Stevenson, Maya Angelou, Dom Helder Camara, Mother Teresa, Howard Thurman, Malala Yousafzai, Brene Brown, etc.). Our hope is that through your experiences during the week in partnership, service, relationship, worship, and study each person will be inspired to be a holy troublemaker for justice in their own corner of the world. 

Here's What People Have Said About Summer Impact!

"Summer Impact Cincinnati serves as a way to show the next generation that they can be world changers right now."

Rev. Kate Smith
Director of 
Summer Impact

"Summer Impact showed me that God is working in my city.  I don't have travel far to allow God to work through me to show others his love."

Emma Richards
Summer Impact
Intern 2019

Why Summer Impact


"It's a week to set everything aside and realize how good it is to do something for someone else. I feel like I really saw God move through me at Wesley Chapel as we connected with kids the entire day. He showed me his presence in the relationships that we all made so fast!"

Lucy, Week 3, 2019


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