Anthem for the Day – Rock Band (May)
With a pop/rock sound, Anthem for the Day desires to be a group of “rock worshippers” armed and ready to show that Christians are the ones who really have something to party about. The live show is exciting and active, and through the music AFT desires to share the hope and love of Jesus Christ with young and old everywhere.
Calvin College Worship Team (May)
Members from the Calvin Worship Apprenticeship program came and led worship at our Chapel today. Afterwards, they spent the remaining part of the morning and lunch hour specifically with our Worship and Praise class sharing skills and techniques.
To learn more about the Worship Apprenticeship program at Calvin College, see link below;
the Landing – Andrea Horgan (May)
Today at Chapel, we heard from Andrea Horgan, Ministry Leader from “the Landing” in Bowmanville. The Landing is a local ministry for teens who are struggling with the challenges of life. Whatever life story a teen has, they may discover that they need something more than a typical Sunday school class or youth group meeting. Or maybe they don’t know this, but the people who love them do. The Landing is a safe, healing place where teens can live a freer, healthier, and more God centred life.
Andrea shared a video with our students talking about the life of a girl named Chelsey who struggled with finding peace within herself. Chelsey found that peace through a relationship with Jesus Christ. That relationship was fostered through a Landing program.
The Landing program here in Bowmanville meets every thursday night from 7:30pm – 9:30pm at the Discovery Centre, 140 Queen Street. For more information, please contact the office at (905) 697-4237 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
See Chelsey’s story here … http://vimeo.com/70298285
Grade 12 Student – Winston Quintal (April)
Today’s chapel was led by Grade 12 student Winston Quintal who presented the video “John 3:16 – The Story of Love” followed by a discussion period.
What was powerful about today’s discussion was on how effectively Winston was able to present the discussion of how troubling it is when Christians are disconnected by the reality of what God accomplished for us. Winston posed two questions to the student body:
1) What is the main idea of Christianity?
2) What is the perception of Christianity from other world views?
Winston shared that the main idea of Christianity is the sacrifice of Jesus Christ to bring forgiveness to the entire world. But what impact does this have on our lives? Do we allow it to have impact?
Do we make Jesus Christ relevant in our lives? Winston shared his study on other world views, and how interesting he found it that they uphold Jesus Christ very highly but criticize the followers of Jesus Christ for not reflecting or living out the standards Jesus demonstrated. “Everyone can grasp the concept of Jesus Christ, but somehow there has been a fall out and this doesn’t make sense to me. We mess it up, the church has messed it up, history has shown how past generations have messed it up … there is more to life than rationality.”
From the discussion period, it was mentioned that our struggle lies in that we have a spiritual soul living in a physical body and these two are in conflict with each other. The body is drawn to worldly things and the spiritual is drawn to heavenly things. Jesus Christ came to show us the standard of victory between these two, God becoming man, spirit fleshed out.
Alumni Darren Hoogendam (April)
Today in chapel, we had DCHS Alumni, Darren Hoogendoorn come speak with our students about why we celebrate Lent. He spoke to the students about how we can sometimes teach everything about walking like a Christian but not what it means to be a Christian. That can leak into our understanding of entering the Lent season.
Why must I give something up for Lent? After the Easter season is over, the questions can still continue … you ask me to be kind, to forgive because the Bible says so, but what really motivates me to do all these things? When we only teach the rules, we are not teaching about Christianity, we are teaching morality. The true message has to go further.
The gospel is that God did something for us by sending His Son Jesus Christ that we could not do for ourselves. Jesus faced down sin and death and has conquered it for us as a free gift for us to receive. When God looks at us, He looks not at our ability to save ourselves from judgement, but He looks at us through the righteous robes of Christ Jesus. We gain acceptance through the acts of Jesus Christ not our own acts.
So how does this change they way we go about our lives? It’s huge! Our lives reflect not a striving of obeying rules in order to gain salvation, but our lives are lived by obeying His rules out of thankfulness for what we have received from God through his Son Jesus Christ!
We obey God because we want to! We are not merely pursuing holiness, we are not merely pursuing sacrifice, we are pursuing God!
Build your life around what lasts – Jesus is better than anything in this world can offer you. A relationship with Jesus is stronger than any relationship you can have on this earth. He accepts you for who you are – He does not demand more than what you can give – He provides all that you need – He is enough to sustain you.
When you become a follower of Jesus Christ, you don’t just get a ticket to heaven … you get Him!
– Darren Hoogendoorn is currently studying at Tyndale Seminary and is an intern at Hebron Christian Reformed Church in Whitby.
Partners International – Mahina Care Home, India (March)
Today’s Chapel speaker was Smita Singh, Director of Mahima Care Home in Kolkata (Calcutta) India. She works to help rescued girls from enslavement in the sex trade. Smita shared how God led her from a stable job in teaching and counselling to founding the Mahima Care Home which opened in April 2010. This home provides rehabilitation and a safe place for rescued girls to live and gain skills for reintroduction back into society.
Smita shared the stories of the lives of these girls (as young as 8 years old) and the conditions of life that they are faced with prior to coming to the Mahima Care Home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QIa15aBBdFc
Smita works with Partners International Canada who specialize in holistic international development. DCHS parents, Tim and Donja Arkell, work with Partners International Canada and introduced Smita to our school.
To find out more about the work Smita does at Mahima Care Home in Calcutta, India, see here: http://www.mahimaindia.org/
To find out more about the work that Partners International Canada does in supporting ministries worldwide, see here: http://partnersinternational.ca/
Noel Fernandez (March)
Chapel speaker Noel Fernandez spoke to our students today about Resiliency and Bounce-back-ibility! He shared his testimony of the various life struggles he had to work through coming to Canada from the Philippines. Through all his challenges he sought the encouragement of the Lord through such scriptures as Romans 8:37-39,
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Noel ended with a poem written by Mother Teresa called “Life”
Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is costly, care for it.
Life is wealth, keep it.
Life is love, enjoy it.
Life is mystery, know it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.
For more stories written by Noel, find them at his blog at: http://noelbfernandez.com/
Alumni – Steven Vandelden (March)
DCHS Alumni Steven Vandelden, spoke last friday at our chapel about his life journey since high school and the ministry opportunities that he is currently involved in.
Here is an update on his work with campus ministry, Power to Change …
Power to Change has regular summer trips to various areas around the world but has never before done spring break trips in the particular area I was sent to last month. The main purpose of this trip was to become familiarized with the context for sharing the Gospel and to understand the needs of a city ravaged by poverty, spiritual brokenness and many other social and spiritual ills.
The most memorable moment of the trip for me was walking through the red light district of this major city and seeing the 14 lanes of either women lining the street or brothels towering above filled with women in desperation. The darkness and desperation could be felt walking through this area. We saw the light of God shining in beautiful ways in the midst this. We saw the day-centre that was also a night shelter for daughters of some of these ladies – who got to hear and experience God’s love and spend the night safe and away from this situation. We also followed God’s light – a lady who did outreach and helped ladies escape the trade and also went into brothels to tell ladies of God’s love for them.
We also were a part of a student ministry and learned to do evangelism to people in that culture. Many people in Gateway have never heard of who God is or what he has done for them. We helped a long term team to build up local students that were equipped to live out their faith and share their faith with others. Two people that came to faith this year are from tribal groups that have never been told about Jesus before.
God has revealed to me the ways he is working in this country and the need for him to continue to work here. I pray that my experience will encourage and challenge people to pray for and support those who have never heard of God’s love and message in areas where it hasn’t been taught and to see how God’s love can continue to shine light in the darkest of places.
Thank you for faithfulness and your prayers and support in this ministry. Specific prayer requests would include;
1) The summer Gateway trip others will go on – pray for more men to go (for safety reasons a certain amount of men need to go)
2) The local believers – for continued growth and strength as they live out their faith in the church, in the brokenness of the city and speaking their faith amongst students and others
3)More to come – labourers of the good news, and I believe they are looking for an entrepreneur to start businesses with the main goal of giving prostitutes a way out of their work.
Adventures in Missions – Andrea Wassink Chapel (December)
Today, our students heard from Andrea Wassink who spoke to them about her experience with Adventures in Missions. Andrea took part in the “World Race” which took her through 11 countries in 11 months.
Andrea shared that the highlight of her experience was how she was challenged in what she based her identity on. Most of us build our lives around the identity we or others put on ourselves. How strong are you able to stand on that identity if factors in that identity crash on you? Andrea spoke to how she had to discover that the only foundation that she could rest solidly on was in her identiy in Jesus Christ her Lord. She challenged the students to take some time to think about what they based their identity on and how solid was it.
To view Andrea’s blog from her world race trip, see link here … http://andreawassink.theworldrace.org/
Ms Renee Page (December)
Our students heard from Ms. Renee Page today in chapel. Ms. Page spent her early childhood years growing up in segregationist Arkansas in the southern USA. She recently retired from a fulfilling and long career as a teacher in elementary schools in Oshawa. Ms. Page shared some of the stories of her life and how the influence of her faith helped her choose not to be bitter towards those who mistreated her but to view all cultures as people with whom God loves and has created equally.
Ms. Page’s story is a powerful one as our students have learned about racial segration in their classrooms but today have been able to hear first hand what it was like from someone who experienced it herself. We all have elements of prejudice and it is up to us to take ownership on how we deal with these attitudes. Thank you Ms. Page for coming and sharing your life story with us!
Chapel – Liberty in North Korea (November)
Joel Chang from Liberty in North Korea Organization came and spoke with our students in chapel today about the support that is being done for North Korean refugees. For more information about this organization, please visit http://www.libertyinnorthkorea.org/
Grandfriends Day (November)
Our students enjoyed a day with their grandparents/friends on campus. The morning assembly featured our Praise & Worship team, Concert band and a senior student sharing about his great grandfather’s war story that led to his receiving the Victoria Cross. The grandparents/friends took in a few morning classes with their grandkids and then enjoyed a nice hot soup lunch.
Faith on Fire Week (September)
Faith on Fire – Gathering at the Table – September 16 – 20, 2013
During the week we looked forward to our 7th year of Faith on Fire. We are grateful to have pastor Kevin Makins from Eucharist Church in Hamilton leading us on the theme of Gathering at the Table. Discussion theme for the week: “With whom did Christ gather At the Table?” What does this theme encourage us towards as we think about inclusion, hospitality, grace and acceptance? What does this mean for us as a high school community and in our lives outside of school? Each day we had sessions unpacking what this means for us. We appreciated having Leah and Joel Brill providing leadership in Praise in Worship at the sessions on Monday and Tuesday and our own Praise Team on Thursday.