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Nehemiah Service Week at Unity

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Unity offers group service retreats—called Nehemiah Service Week—to Unity community members who wish to build connection and fellowship through hands-on volunteer service at Unity Village, the world headquarters of the Unity spiritual movement.

Why Nehemiah?

Nehemiah, found in the Old Testament, was a Jewish leader who supervised the rebuilding of Jerusalem in the mid-fifth century B.C. after his release from captivity by the Persian king, Artaxerxes I.

Like Nehemiah of the Bible, our Nehemiah Service Week volunteers come together in sacred service to rebuild and restore the grounds and buildings of Unity Village for one week.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”—Mahatma Gandhi

What Might I Be Doing During Service Week?

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Nehemiah Service Week focuses on work projects. Interested in volunteering? If you are able to lift 20 pounds, climb up and down a ladder, or bend and squat to plant flowers or pull weed in one of the many flower gardens on grounds, please sign up! Note: you will be working approximately seven (7) hours each day, for four (4) consecutive days, with scheduled breaks and meals.

Work may include:

  • Painting
  • Landscaping
  • Cleaning

What Does an Average Day Look Like?

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As a Nehemiah Service Week volunteer, you could spend the day painting, planting, pruning, or polishing! Each evening there is an opportunity for spiritual renewal and fellowship.

The Nehemiah Service Week begins at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday and includes dinner and orientation. You are welcome to check in to your room as early as 3 p.m. on that day. The week officially ends on Thursday evening.

What Is the Cost?

There is no cost to participate in Nehemiah Service Week. However, volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to and from Unity Village. Once you arrive, Unity provides each guest with a double-occupancy room and meals for the week. If you don't already have a roommate selected, our Retreats team will pair you with one.

Interested? Here’s How to sign up

Complete the registration form, liability waiver, and photo release.

  • Register online
  • Press "Submit" on the online form or send in the downloaded forms (instructions below).
  • Unity’s Customer Care Team will send you a confirmation letter.
  • Mark your calendar and make travel arrangements!

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Nehemiah Group Registration Guidelines

If you or your group would like to serve at a Nehemiah Service Week, please review the following guidelines.

  • Each member of the group must fill out an individual registration form, liability waiver, and photo release.
  • Each member must be able to meet the physical requirements in order to participate: Must be able to lift 20 pounds, climb up and down a ladder, or bend and squat to plant flowers or pull weed in one of the many flower gardens on grounds. Note: you will be working approximately seven (7) hours each day, for four (4) consecutive days.
  • Nehemiah retreats fill up quickly, sometimes a year in advance. Plan to register as soon as you have a group that would like to attend. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Church groups taking part in a Nehemiah Service Week will be requested to provide rooming lists of shared rooms one month in advance of the retreat.
  • Our recommendation is that the group should not make group travel and hotel arrangements until all members have registered and received confirmation.

Every volunteer must submit a separate registration.

ONLINE FORM

QUESTIONS? Contact Customer Care at 816-251-3540, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (CT).