Last Thursday (1/19) and Friday (1/20), CCS held “Spiritual Emphasis” days to provide students with a pause from their ordinary academic schedules in order to hear from God’s Word, participate in worship through song and think through what it looks like to follow the Lord with their everyday lives. Champion Forest Baptist Church – Champions Campus graciously hosted both days, providing hospitality, a worship team and a myriad of activities for students to participate in.
Elementary students enjoyed learning about the importance of being a Warrior for God, starting and ending each day with large group sessions full of worship and biblical lessons led by the Champion Forest Baptist Church elementary and preschool staff. Students learned how to pray using the acronyms TPPP (Time, Place, Plan & Person) and PB&J (Prayer, Bible & Journal). Students also enjoyed making prayer bracelets and journals in small group sessions, connecting the lessons to their science knowledge by making elephant toothpaste (when you fill yourself with the Lord, it bubbles over into everything you do) and slime (prayer can make messy situations better) and getting their wiggles out with a scavenger hunt to find all the pieces to the armor of God.
Middle school and high school were blessed to welcome back Mr. Bill Paige as keynote speaker, and he passionately unpacked lessons from the ministry of Jesus. Whether exploring the restoration of a demoniac or the healing of the sick (and even the dead!), his impassioned plea was for students to encounter the Lord Jesus and leave these two days “a different way than they came in”. After each of his talks, students gathered into smaller, faculty-led discussion groups to respond to the teaching and to receive prayer and encouragement from their teachers and peers.
CCS would like to thank Stephanie Chase, Justin Holcomb, and the entire Champion Forest Baptist staff and volunteers who contributed to welcoming us and caring for our students for these days of “Spiritual Emphasis”. Our prayer is that each student who participated will find their walk with God deepened as they take the next step toward Christlikeness.