Spiritual Life at Linden Christian
A Christ-Centred Education that Equips Students to Love and Serve God
Whether in academics, the arts, or athletics, biblical truth is at the heart of who we are at Linden Christian School. Our goal is to help students grow in their relationship with Christ as they study, understand, and obey God’s Word and develop a biblical worldview.
Beginning in the earliest grades, students attend weekly chapels and are taught daily Bible lessons at an age-appropriate level. As students mature, additional academic and extra-curricular opportunities exist to challenge them in their faith and to help them grow in their understanding of God and the principles of Scripture. Mission projects, weekly chapel time, leadership development, prayer times, and Bible instruction all contribute to the spiritual journey.
A Biblical Worldview
The study of the Bible is a required part of the curriculum. The goal of the curriculum is for students to “grow in wisdom, stature and in favour with God” (Luke 2:40). In the pursuit of wisdom, emphasis is placed on practical application of the Bible, recognizing God calls us to not just be hearers of the Word, but doers as well (James 1:23). The New International Version of the Bible is used in all classes.
All aspects of instruction at Linden Christian School is geared to be thought-provoking and to direct students to reflect on the choices they make. Being challenged at chapel is just one of the approaches we use. Chapel is a community where students can experience God in the ways they have been gifted; it is a prayerful place where students can explore their relationship with God and grow in their knowledge of Him; and it is a safe place to rest in the presence of God away from the pressures of daily life.
Compassionate Community Members
Our focus of building compassionate community members is demonstrated through our ongoing support of World Vision Outreach, Operation Christmas Child, Compassion Canada, local class projects, and partnerships with mission organizations.
Early Years: Spiritual Development
At LCS we seek to equip students to love and serve God. Bible is taught as a subject area in K–4 by the classroom teacher. Students and teachers spend time exploring the Bible, memorizing scripture, and praying together. Twice each week, students and teachers meet together for chapel. Chapels are a special time of singing praises to God, learning from God’s Word, and praying together.
Each Early Years classroom partners with a missionary or mission organization to provide prayer and support. Kindergarten students might collect toothbrushes for inner-city children while Grade 3 students provide shoes and meals for children in the Dominican Republic. As Early Years educators, our goal is to teach these young children that they can make a difference in the lives of others by acting as the hands and feet of Jesus.
Middle Years: Spiritual Development
The Grade 5–8 years are a confusing yet exhilarating time for children as they transition into their teens. Their world becomes larger and more complex; their curiosity and capacity continue to expand exponentially as they seek a place for themselves. At LCS, we seek to guide students toward becoming astute and active members of our school community and the communities beyond them.
Prayer is a regular part of the day for staff and students. Our Middle Years students pray daily with their homeroom teachers; many of our Grade 7 and 8 students and staff also attend weekly prayer meetings at lunch time or before school.
Chapels take place once per six-day cycle and are grouped separately, into Grade 5–6 and Grade 7–8. We focus on topics that teach students how to apply their learning to everyday experiences. Chapels are a time for students to explore their relationship with God as they worship Him and build community with each other in a safe environment.
Students are involved with mission projects like World Vision and Operation Christmas Child. Students are given opportunities to participate in service ministries that include interacting with seniors in the community, serving at Winnipeg Harvest, and connecting with missionary families and supporting them through prayer.
Senior Years: Spiritual Development
The Senior Years are a time of remarkable growth and change. During this challenging time, students begin to make their own decisions about how to be adults in the world. Our teaching staff, Senior Years Counsellor, and Youth Pastor are available to address the personal issues and struggles students face. Our staff members provide guidance while still accepting and encouraging students as independent individuals.
During this often difficult time for young people, a strong faith foundation supports personal growth. Along with regular Bible classes, students can join special study groups during spares and lunch periods. Prayer is also an essential and powerful piece of everyday life at LCS.
Our Senior Years students also experience spiritual growth by serving as mentors to one another and by providing leadership to younger students. During weekly chapels, there are numerous opportunities for students to lead and participate, and they are challenged and intellectually stimulated by dynamic biblical teachers and speakers. As well, each year, Grade 11 and 12 students may apply to participate in a cross-cultural mission trip to Guatemala.
Linden Christian School is a biblically-based learning community where students grow to be… devoted followers of Christ and compassionate community members.
Life isn’t always easy. We know that. That’s why, here at Linden, we put a special emphasis on building relationships designed to help students navigate whatever they may be going through at any given time. As students explore what it looks like to follow God and to live the life He has for them, sometimes an encouraging word, a timely challenge or a listening ear is helpful to keep students moving forward in life and faith. By rejoicing with students in the good times, and supporting them through the tough times, we seek to provide an environment where students are free to be themselves and to confidently become the individuals that God intends them to be.
In addition, weekly chapels, Bible studies, service projects, retreats, prayer meetings and global missions opportunities provide these students with opportunities to grow in their knowledge of God, develop their unique gifts and abilities and to give of themselves in service to others. As the Director of Spiritual Care and Campus Life, I have the privilege of joining high school students on their journey, witnessing God’s transformative power first-hand in their lives.
Cam Stephens, Director of Spiritual Care & Campus Life