When you reflect on your church encounter as a child, what do you remember? Were you that young girl that looked forward to turning 12, because that was interchangeable with leaving the group of younger children on Sundays and moving on to team up with the girls ages 12-18 for the journey of your adolescent years? This was most likely stimulating for several reasons: you felt like you weren’t a child anymore, you suddenly seemed so grown up, you were starting to make “big” choices in your life, and there were many exciting events on the horizon: learning to drive, getting asked out on your first date, high school football games and dances, and considering which college you were going to attend.
However did turning 12 also indicate going to summer camp? Were you that girl that bumped into your church group in advance in the morning on the day you were leaving, explored by bus for a number of hours, and stayed in sparse wood A-frame cabins on a lake surrounded by pines and aspens for 5 days? And did you find out safety and first aid skills, sing camp songs, hike, canoe on the water, share in religious devotionals, and roast s’mores around the campfire?
Whatever the occasion, church outings with the entire congregation can fast become a large group of people, and that means you have to find a suitable form of transportation for everyone. Today, one can select a coach that comes with lots of extras: power and WiFi, a bathroom on board, entertainment options, and features aimed to keep each passenger comfortable (such as individual airflow controls and reading lights).
Reserve a coach if your church choir and orchestra are headed for a regional tour! Every coach carries up to 57 passengers, and traveling all together will make it possible to avoid individuals getting lost if they’re driving, and enables you to get around the problem of people staggering in late, too. Furthermore, coaches come with loads of undercarriage storage for instruments, uniforms, and luggage, and many more things. Rather than having to coordinate multiple vehicles to get everyone (and all the gear!) there, a coach is one alternative that will take care of it all.
Reserve a coach if your youth group has summer camp or a community service event that requires transportation! Teenagers are known for being social and may need lots of time with friends. Letting them travel together will provide opportunities for talking and laughter while you’re on the road, and there’s also the choice of entertainment while you’re traveling, too.
If you want to find a way to pick up several members of your congregation that are unable to make it to services on their own, reserve a coach! There’s adequate room for anyone, and it’s an added perk that, if parking is limited, a coach won’t use up the space that individual cars do in a parking lot.
Sometimes after praying, singing, and reading together, you just want to leave and have fun together; strengthening the bonds of friendship you share as a group. Whether you’re off to go skiing, take joy in a hike in the nearby mountains, or plan to go to a play or other cultural event together, book a coach!
For anything your congregational transportation needs are, coaches are the remedy. They’re built for carrying tons of people together. They’re comfortable, practical, and environmentally sound, too. Years later, when you’re reflecting on church outings, you’ll likely recall the time you spent on a bus– memories that evoke warmth, laughter, and friendship.