Frequently Asked Questions

When can my group participate?
The AMEN House is available year-round, with both heating and cooling. Please  contact us to discuss specific dates.

What is a typical week at AMEN like?  Do you provide the programming, service sites, and reflection for us?
Check out a typical week at AMEN.  We set up all of your work sites, and we provide educational programming for two sessions each week.  We do not provide worship or daily devotionals.  During the summer months, we include Tuesday nights at Great American Human Foosball with pizza as part of your week, which is always a huge hit!  Beyond that, you will have empty spaces in your week's calendar to plan your own fun time and site-seeing .   

What kind of work will we be doing on our mission trip?
You will work  with different organizations every day.  Check out our list of partner organizations ! We partner with non-profits and agencies that serve folks battling with poverty, homelessness, domestic violence, and food insecurity.  We also work with a variety of urban gardens and farms as well as early childhood and senior centers.  AMEN St. Louis does not currently work with any construction / home-building projects.  

What kind of facility is the AMEN House and how many people can stay there?
The AMEN house is a beautiful, cozy neighborhood house attached to Oak Hill Presbyterian Church.  The house sleeps 24 but we have made accommodations for larger groups, so please inquire with the Director if you would like to bring a larger group.  

Are there age limitations?
AMEN St. Louis does not have an age limit to stay in the house, however, if you are planning to do service projects while you are here, please be aware that many service agencies have a minimum age requirement of 14 for volunteers. If you have any concerns about this, please contact us and we can help you make arrangements for alternative service projects, but just know that your options may be limited.  We do take groups that are mixed junior and senior high age groups.

How will you communicate with us?
Once you have registered, made your deposit and confirmed your dates, you are booked!  On our Forms page, you can access packing recommendations, check in procedures, and all the permission forms that you will need to fill out ahead of time.  At any time, you can contact us with questions at or by phone at 314-664-5525.  When it comes closer to the time of your trip, we will exchange cell phone numbers so that you can be in frequent contact with us while en route and during your stay.

When should we arrive?
For week-long groups, check in is any time after 3:00 PM on Sunday and check-out is any time before noon on Saturday. For groups shorter than one-week, week can make arrangements that are convenient for your group. For any group arriving before 8:00 PM on any day, an AMEN Ambassador will meet you to do a check-in and orientation to the house. For groups arriving after 8:00PM, we have a lockbox that we will provide the code for, and we will do your orientation the following morning.

How do we get around the city?
You are responsible for providing your own transportation while here in St. Louis. There is a lot available within walking distance of the AMEN House, but you will need vehicles to get to your service sites, and to get to any of the major tourist attractions in St. Louis.

What will we do for food?
You are responsible for your own meals. There is a fully-equipped kitchen in the AMEN House with all necessary appliances, dishes, and basic staples like sugar, salt, coffee, and creamer. There are many grocery stores nearby. If you like to eat out, there are many restaurants (both fast-food and sit-down service) within walking distance of the house. During the work week, most days you will need to pack a lunch to bring with you between morning and afternoon service sites. We have a few coolers available, but we recommend you bring your own if you have them.

What is the adult:child ratio required for intergenerational or youth trips?
AMEN St. Louis requires a 1:5 adult:child ratio be maintained at all times. The sole exception to this rule is during service sites /classroom/workshop experiences, when a ratio of 1:10 is permitted.  In cases where groups include youth participants up to age 17, “adults” will be defined as those aged 21 or older. 18-year-olds in this case will be considered “youth” for purposes of determining the adult:child ratio.  AMEN St. Louis, visiting mission trip groups, and host organizations may not employ anyone less than three years older than the oldest youth participant as a supervisor/leader for group activities.

Are we the only group coming?  Do groups mix when putting together teams?
The maximum capacity for AMEN Saint Louis is 24 individuals.  Most likely you will be the only group with us for the week, but we will contact you if there is another group staying at the house at the same time.  When making teams to send to work sites, we do not mix groups.

What about safety? 
St. Louis is a safe and wonderful city. We live here and love it! AMEN St. Louis is located in the heart of a diverse and thriving neighborhood where all kids of people live, work, learn, and play. But it is a city, so be smart about it. When you are driving around in a big church bus with out of state tags, you are a target. Do not leave anything in your bus or church van. The only time groups have had a vehicle broken into was when parked downtown (at a Cardinals game or the City Museum).  Do not leave things in your vehicle and be sure to lock the doors. After dark- walk with a buddy. Leave expensive clothes, jewelry or electronic items at home (they might get damaged or lost). We will provide your team with keys to the house. You will be able to lock up as you come and go, working and serving, and enjoying all the great fun of this lovely city!