Column: Christian Education Week is upon usWORTHINGTON — The classrooms and halls of Worthington Christian School will be filled with grandparents, parents and other special guests as students and staff celebrate Christian Education Week, April 15-22.
By: Lori Eekhoff, Worthington Christian School, Worthington Daily Globe
WORTHINGTON — The classrooms and halls of Worthington Christian School will be filled with grandparents, parents and other special guests as students and staff celebrate Christian Education Week, April 15-22. Every April a week is set aside to celebrate Christian Education across the United States and Canada. We celebrate that every subject is taught in the light of our Creator God, and that we offer a curriculum that teaches children a Biblical philosophy about who they are as a unique child of God.
The theme for 2012 is “Be Strong! Be Strong! Make Each Other Strong!” that is based on Joshua 1:9: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” In this passage, the Israelites are about to enter the promised land and Joshua addressed the people encouraging them to remember two things: God will be with you wherever you go and he will be faithful to you as long as you are living a life of obedience. The Israelites were God’s community, his chosen people. Worthington Christian School is also a community that provides a safe haven. Our goal is not to shelter our children but to equip them to be disciples for Jesus, disciples who will stand strong during daily trials and who will be an encouragement to others to remain strong in their faith.
On Monday, the students welcome their moms into the classroom as we enjoy Muffins with Moms. This is a fun time for each Mom to enjoy some one-on-one time with their child. (Donuts with Dads was held earlier in the year.) Thursday we welcome our grandparents and special guests into the classrooms. This is an exciting time for students and grandparents alike. The older generation receives a glimpse of how education has changed since they were students. We are proud that our core of beliefs has remained the same: we pride ourselves on teaching the Bible, which is infallible and unchanging. What a blessing to celebrate with our grandparents.
An essential part of the spiritual development of WCS students is our weekly chapel program. At 9 on Thursday, April 19, we will meet for our weekly Chapel. This year we are excited to worship with our Grandparents. We have also invited all the pastors with students attending Worthington Christian School to join us in a time of praise and worship. We are blessed to have children from seven denominations and 11 churches represented at Worthington Christian School. There will be a time for pastors, grandparents and special guests to visit our classrooms before (8:30-9) and after (9:30-11:30) chapel.
At 7 p.m. Friday, April 19, we will culminate our celebratory activities with our annual Spring Concert. The third- and fourth-grade students will perform on their recorders in front of an audience for the very first time. This is a great experience for the students and will help to prepare them for band next year. The fifth-grade band will performing “Jamaican Holiday” and “Spring” from “The Four Seasons.” The Junior High Band selections include “Adrift,” “Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken” and “I Love You, Lord with My Jesus I Love Thee.” The grand finale features our entire student body performing the musical “Joseph: From the Pit to the Palace.” This upbeat, fun, unique musical presents the godly character the Lord wants to develop in each of us — integrity, courage, faith, endurance, compassion, forgiveness and humility. All of these are evident in Joseph’s life. We will also be reminded to trust in God because He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and in control of everything that happens. The students of Worthington Christian School warmly invite you to bring your friends and family and have some fun. It’s time to meet Joseph and travel on his journey from the pit all the way to the palace!
Upcoming Event: Ladies Scrapbooking Weekend Retreat, April 20-21. For more information or to register, contact Worthington Christian School, 376-4861.
Lori Eekhoff is Worthington Christian School principal.