December has been a busy month at London Christian High, mostly in a good way. As we head into the Christmas season and a break from the busy schedule, let’s take a quick look back at two things that happened this past month in connection with our two key ideas: PEOPLE and PURPOSE along with a time of reflection during Christmas:

Honouring PEOPLE

At last Friday’s assembly, we took some time out from our regular weekly class schedule to highlight some of the good things going on around the building. Celebrating good learning and individual gifts is an important part of what we do at London Christian High. We know there is a lot of good learning that happens every day and we know lots of people have fantastic gifts to share, but being intentional about setting time aside to highlight these is important to build a culture of community, thankfulness and respect for one another. Here are just a few highlights from last Friday morning:

Generally speaking, it was a really positive time together. Again, stopping to reflect, thank and encourage one another is an often overlooked part of life. When done well, it builds the PEOPLE of God to more fully do His work here on earth.

Developing PURPOSE

Second, going back to the first week in December, we spent a few hours on two separate days engaging with our community in an old tradition that took on a new form. Our annual SCROOGE campaign to collect canned goods for the Salvation Army Food Bank was another good success. The key difference this year was that we decided to conduct the campaign during the day and we organized the event by HOUSE groups. Although these were new initiatives and there were some logistical things to work out, in the end we collected over 170 boxes full of canned goods and other non-perishables, which is a pretty good-sized haul in comparison to other recent years. SCROOGE is an opportunity for our school to begin developing a deeper sense of PURPOSE, a purpose that is much wider than just our school and our day-to-day class schedule. We believe that God has called each person that he has created to use their gifts to make a difference in this world. SCROOGE is a practical way to become engaged in His purposes.

Much like Christmas is a time to stop and reflect on the real meaning of life and the coming of Jesus to earth, these two events at London Christian High cause us to stop and think anew about what we are doing and why we are doing it.

May God bless you and your family richly in this Christmas season.

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace,

Isaiah 9:6