The theme for the 2015/16 secondary school year is the Fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22,23). We’ve been building on this theme in our all-school chapel times.
One of the highlights in September was welcoming back two alumni to speak to the student body. Elizabeth Wegerif (Grad 2001) spoke from her experiences as a blueberry farmer. She drew parallels between the processes needed in the different seasons of cultivation in order to produce fruit and the spiritual disciplines needed in our own lives to enable us to abide in Christ, our vine, and bear good fruit.
Maria Bulk (Grad 2003) shared her own journey of growing up in a Christian home, going through a period in which she searched elsewhere for meaning, and returning to faith in Christ as a young adult. She has spent a number of years living in intentional communities in Vancouver’s downtown eastside and is completing her Masters of Divinity through Regent College and working with Christian student groups on UBC’s campus. Like Elizabeth, her message challenged us to be connected to Jesus. Without the connection, the Fruit of the Spirit might just be a list of virtues that we could strive for, missing the mark of what Paul (who wrote the letter to the Galatians) was saying. The Fruit are what the Spirit produces in our lives as we walk with Christ.
After Thanksgiving, we had our first series of chapel options. No, this does not mean that chapel became optional! Rather, during this time, students were able to select from several different chapel settings. The most popular option is always the contemporary worship chapel that is held in the church and is planned and led by our Worship Leadership class. Other options in the Fall included a liturgical chapel, a time of prayer and meditation on Christmas Hill, and opportunities to worship of God through visual arts, journaling, or working the earth in the garden. Some senior students also led a Bible study especially for grade 8 boys. The options were led by various staff and students who volunteered to prepare and help make the options meaningful times of learning and worship. We are beginning to make plans for our Spring session of chapel options. If you have an idea for an option that you would like to offer to the students, we welcome you to contact us!