Beyond One Day of Service

…we have relations with what there is in the present and with what there has been in the past, with what is above us, and about us; and that fullness of living and serviceableness depend for each of us upon how far we apprehend these relationships and how many of them we lay hold of. 

Charlotte Mason

Each year, Redeemer School celebrates Veteran’s Day through Parent-Led Service Projects. This is an opportunity to see lifelong learning and parent partnership in beautiful ways as we love others because Christ first loved us. This day represents more than just the number of hours it took for service projects to be completed- it is just one of the many ways our school pursues our Servant Leadership outcomes.

After any service opportunity, we invite you to “debrief” with your family- asking questions, developing connections among experiences and ideas, and seeking the Lord in how these experiences can span beyond one project:

  • How, as image-bearers, were we able to use our talents and gifts to serve God and others?
  • What new skills did we practice or develop?
  • Did we have the opportunity to share the love and story of Jesus with others? How could we do that in the future?
  • What opportunities did we have to discover new gifts, build confidence, and foster humble reliance upon God?
  • What needs in the community and the world did we learn about? How did we seek to meet those needs?
  • What opportunities did we have to develop leadership skills among our peers or within our family?
  • If we served alongside others beyond our family, how did we experience unity in purpose despite individual differences?

We also have the opportunity to notice and name these aspects of our Christian growth as individuals, within our families, our school, and our community.

Where did you see these develop within your time of service?

  • Empathy
  • Ownership
  • Resourcefulness
  • Humility
  • Mercy
  • Understanding of our identity in Christ
  • Appreciation & respect for diversity within God’s Kingdom

Our prayer is that our service to others, these projects and beyond, by God’s grace, cultivate lifelong Christ-like servanthood and godly wisdom as we integrate God’s Word in all of life.

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 

1 Corinthians 12:4-7