A short time ago, I spent much of a Saturday afternoon watching students – past and present – play basketball.
First stop was to see the Junior Boys (grade 9&10) in the final at a nearby public school. Since school was not in session, there were not a lot of people in the stands – mostly just parents of some of team members. But, I noticed another PCS teacher there, along with his family, as well as a local pastor whose sons have both graduated from PCS. These people were not related to any of the players, but there they were, on a Saturday afternoon, investing time to support the kids and celebrate their efforts.
My next stop was the PCS gym, where our Senior Girls team was hosting the BC Christian Schools Tournament and playing in the final. This time, the stands were packed. Again, I noticed that the supporters included not just friends and parents of the players, but also younger students, elementary families and PCS alumni.
My final destination that day was a Camosun Women’s Basketball game, as it was a last chance to see PCS alumna (2014), Kathryn Candell, play at home this season. As I looked around the stands that evening, I estimated that about ¼ of the fans were from the PCS community. The Senior Girls basketball team came after their own game, and there were many other current students in attendance. A number of alumni who had been at PCS with Kathryn arrived to show their continued support, along with some of their parents and several staff members.
As I reflected on that day, what came to mind was that PCS is a “sticky” community. It is a community that embraces and celebrates its members. Once you’ve been a part of it, there is permanent welcome and on-going support. It is my sincere hope that this rings true to all those who have walked our halls. It is also my prayer that our “stickiness” would not cause us to be inward-focused but that, as we are held securely, we would be a community that shares Christ’s love in all of our places of intersection with others.
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. (1 John 4:7)