We believe that through the Scriptures, God has revealed to His people ordering principles that are intensely relevant to education. We also believe He mandates us to bring the whole Word of God to bear in all its power upon education.
Each year, a Bible theme verse is selected. The theme verse is explored in a variety of ways throughout the year. The theme verse is featured in our weekly chapel and is discussed in the classrooms. The verse is also a guiding focus for special events and celebrations.
THEME VERSE 2020-2021:
But the Lord said to him,
"Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name."-- Acts 9:15a --
The annual Biblical theme inspires a school-wide theme. This year, our School Theme is:
Training Up The Next Generation Of Kingdom Ambassadors
Betty Panza, Director of Student Life and Leadership, Teacher
Our school’s annual themes create a strong foundation that helps our students grow in their faith. Through these annual themes, our students learn that our mission as Christians is shining the light of Jesus in this world, creating ripple effects, and being ambassadors for God’s Kingdom.
This year’s theme centres on the concept of God’s “chosen instruments.”
But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name.” Acts 9:15a
Once again, we are challenging our students to think about God’s call and purpose in their lives.
What does God mean when He says we are His chosen instruments? Once we accept and believe in our Saviour, Jesus, we become children of God’s family and we are chosen instruments for Him to represent the Lord. What a miracle to be in partnership with God to be Kingdom Ambassadors!
God has asked us to participate with Him here on earth as Kingdom Ambassadors. Once we are Christians and have the Holy Spirit, God calls us and has chosen us for specific roles according to our gifts and abilities. Each one of us is called to do His work and we can choose to be in partnership with God or not.
During our weekly chapels, we will discuss our theme verse and dig deeper in what it means to be chosen instruments for God. We will continue to find God’s amazing treasures in Scripture to learn how to grow in being Kingdom Ambassadors and how to understand His call for us to make a difference to others on this earth. We will learn the beauty of God’s diversity plan, how we are all created in His image, and that we are all loved by God equally. We are challenged and commanded to shine the light of Jesus to others in our lives. What a miracle it is to know that we are bearing Jesus’ name. How do we do this well? We must know our Lord deeply and personally in order to represent Him well. During our school-wide times together, we will learn more of God’s heart and how to grow deeper in relationship with Him.
Due to COVID, we are not holding chapels in our gym. Instead, each class joins a virtual chapel service, where the worship and teaching still occurs each week. Our Monday morning chapels feature worship, journaling, discussions, and cohort activities.
Our school has always been strong in serving our community both globally and locally! For 13 years, the JKCS Servant Team served in our community once a month and shone the light of Jesus to make a powerful impact on our city, world, and each other. COVID has caused us to cast a new vision for serving as chosen instruments of the Lord. We have launched a school-wide group called the “Chosen Instruments--Making a Difference Team.” Despite the pandemic restrictions, we are still Kingdom Ambassadors! Our prayer is that we will continue to make an impact on our communities both locally and globally. We have yet to see how the Lord will guide each month throughout this year and during this pandemic time. Stay tuned!
As chosen instruments, we also need to know the importance of prayer. Our school teaches students about the value and meaning of prayer. Prayer is our relationship with God. When we pray, we pay attention to our God and enter into communion with Him. Prayer involves worshipping Him, showing gratitude, and being quiet before Him in order to hear Him speaking to us. It is praying together communally and sharing His words together. As a school, we want to continue to be a blessing to our community and the world in our prayer times.
During this difficult time, let’s be the Christians that stand strong in God and faith. Scripture and history is full of times where situations and circumstances were tough, yet we read about those who went beyond the difficulty and continued to be chosen instruments to make a difference in the lives of others.
Let’s be open this year to hear His voice and to follow His commands, and to be obedient to God in what He is asking of us.
When we understand that we can change the world, our lives will never be the same again.
Our Biblical Theme and School Theme are a rich and meaningful way to unpack God's Word for our students and staff.