Creating a Community of Service
Hello again to all of you reading this! In my last post I talked about what SCS means to me as a parent of kids at the school and an uncle to several alumni. I’ll repeat this thought: what a blessing it is to have Sunnyside Christian School and to be able to make the investment of top end Bible-based education for my children! As the holiday season is approaching I have been thinking about SCS and our community.
Every year we have a chapel service the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day. This tradition dates back to “back in the day” as my kids say, meaning when I went to school in the 80s and 90s, aka “ancient history” (they can’t believe I grew up without an iPad either ). But I digress.
At this service the students bring canned foods and other non-perishable goods to donate to the Union Gospel Mission. It’s an uplifting chapel, and the kids feel blessed to fill up the table. You can see it in their eyes.
But it doesn’t stop there. Every December the entire Sunnyside Christian High School student body loads up in buses, and they cruise up to the Union Gospel Mission to serve. The acts of service may include cleaning windows, scrubbing the kitchen, sorting donations, wrapping gifts, or raking leaves. It is wonderful to see the mission field of SCS rippling out past our city limits. I heard from a high school teacher last night that the kids are already asking when they get to go this year. How cool is that?
Beyond this group effort, the high school students are also required to perform community service hours. These hours have been fulfilled by painting houses for Transformation Sunnyside, serving in church nurseries, helping elderly neighbors with housework, and so much more. If you add it up, our students are involved in 750-1,000+ hours of community service!
Driving around the farm early this morning I heard a song talking about “more of You, Lord, less of me,” which parallels with the mission of community service. What a great life-lesson for these teenagers as they mature into young adults and begin to understand their role in God’s kingdom!
This Wednesday morning, please come to our Thanksgiving chapel to sing praises to our ever-providing Lord. Join parents, teachers and children to give thanks for all the blessings we have, including the blessings our community gives to SCS and those that SCS gives to our community.