Listen to Connie Thornton talk about Missions at SJCS
Providing opportunities for all students to serve Jesus Christ by serving others is one of St. Joseph Christian School’s core values. At SJCS we believe that giving students these opportunities is an integral part of a Christian education. If we are to teach children the biblical principles of caring for others and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ, we must model these behaviors and give students ample opportunities to practice them.
Each winter, SJCS observes Missions Week. During this annual event, students learn about countries and people groups from around the world whose need for service and for hearing the gospel is great. Curriculum is aligned across the subject areas and grade levels in order to focus on specific needs. In the past, students have studied groups in Asia, Central and South America, Africa, and Europe as well as right here in the United States.
During Missions Week, students come together for daily chapel services to worship God and to hear from guest speakers who share insightful information about the group or area of focus. What a joy it is to see kindergarten and high school students standing together with their hands raised in worship as they express their love for Christ!
However, Missions Week is more than just learning about various cultures. It inspires action. All students participate in outreach in the St. Joseph community through service projects, collections of food and other items, as well as presenting programs, singing, reading, and offering companionship. Many have gone on short-term missions trips around the world. Yet Missions Week is not the only time students are engaged in missional thinking. Throughout each year, missions is a focus of learning in Bible and other classes and seniors participate in a semester-long course that delves into missions in-depth.
One particularly noteworthy facet of the school’s focus on missions is its connection to Kind Hearts School in Addis, Ababa, Ethiopia. Over the course of three years, students and families raised over $68,000 to provide clean well water and a sanitary restroom facility for the children at Kind Hearts. In addition, several students and staff members have traveled to Ethiopia to deliver care packages and to minister in various ways.
At SJCS students are being taught to care for others by putting action to their faith.