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A Shoebox Celebration Chapel

This week in our Lower School Chapel we celebrated the shoeboxes collected during our New Missions Shoebox Drive! All the shoeboxes were brought on stage to be prayed over before they are shipped to children in New Missions’ schools in Haiti. (Click here to see students bringing their boxes to Chapel!) We collected over 300 boxes and some are still coming in! 

Mrs. Winningham asked our guest speaker, Pastor Ryan Rouse from FBC of Winter Garden, to specifically pray for the families and children receiving the boxes we are sending. It was so fitting for Pastor Ryan to pray because he served as a missionary in Haiti for three years. 

After prayer time, the 6th grade Music Crew led a two-song worship set. The students, under the direction of Mrs. Winningham, chose the song “Mary, Did You Know?” and led it in the style of Pentatonix. Andrew (6th) stepped forward to share in his own words the true meaning of the song, and the entire audience was encouraged to join in worship by singing along. 

Pastor Ryan then wrapped up our November Chapel theme of gratitude by teaching about the  lepers from Luke 17:11-19. We learned that as Jesus was traveling to Jerusalem he healed ten lepers. Only one showed gratitude to Jesus by taking the time to say, “Thank you!” to Jesus for healing him. Pastor Ryan asked us to think about what kind of person we are. Are we thankful for everything–even the little things–or do we forget to say “thank you” and take things for granted? 

He reminded us that every good and perfect gift is from God (James 1:16). Do we thank God for everything? Even things like our toothbrushes? Watch this video clip to see Pastor Ryan’s last illustration, with the help of Joel (6th)!

We so enjoyed our gratitude-filled month of November Chapels and look forward to celebrating the Christmas season together as a school family!

Written by Debra Winningham

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