An Anglican, a Baptist and a Pentecostal…

An Anglican, a Baptist, and a Pentecostal walked into a school…while it might sound like the beginning of a joke, this is just a glimpse of our rich and varied day-to-day experience as we gather at the end of Agnes Street to nurture students in Christ-like living, critical thinking and joyful service to be faithful citizens in God’s world. So, what does that look like? Well, it looks something like this:

Pacific Christian School provides Christian education for families who are connected to nearly 100 local churches. Students from Alliance, Anglican, ANIC, Baptist, Brethren, Chinese Presbyterian, CRC, Free Presbyterian, Home churches, Pentecostal, Roman Catholic, Salvation Army, Seventh Day Adventist and United churches, to name a few, come together, day after day, and learn with and from one another. As you might imagine, this makes for passionate conversations about what it means to be followers of Christ, and this is one of the things we celebrate at PCS. We don’t always agree, but we can always be willing to listen to each other and to learn from one another. Much like any healthy family, our belonging isn’t based on us all agreeing about everything. It is based on seeing each other as beloved children of God.

We welcome one another as we listen to each other’s questions, honour each other’s traditions and challenge each other’s assumptions.

Central to welcoming our students is to recognize and affirm with our students that faith is a journey and that God is faithful to the journey that each one is undertaking. How life appears at the moment is not the full picture. The end of the story is not yet and the journey is not over. Our hope is that you and your family will experience a sense of love and belonging at PCS whatever your story and wherever on the journey you may be.

Simon Tuffin – Secondary Counsellor

September 21, 2016