Partnering with parents to develop the Christian character of their children is a principal goal and responsibility of the staff and faculty of Immanuel Christian School. The Character-in-Action program facilitates the realization of that goal by working with teachers and parents to integrate Christ-like values and activities in the classroom and providing service opportunities outside the walls of ICS.
WHY WE SERVE
At the center of each project is our conviction that God calls us to be “doers of the word and not hearers only.” This is the message of Jesus’ parable about the wise builder and the foolish builder in Matthew 7:24-27. One built his house on the rock and it withstood the wind and the storm. The other built his house on sand, which resulted in disastrous consequences. But what was the firm foundation Jesus was talking about? What is the secret to successful spiritual formation and Christian maturity? Jesus said the wise builder was a “doer of the word.” He didn’t just listen to the truth and ignore it; he put it into action. This is what service projects are all about; exercising the muscles of Christian character, not only by listening to the truth, but also by living the truth.
Jesus said the wise builder was a “doer of the word.” He didn’t just listen to the truth and ignore it; he put it into action. This is what service projects are all about; exercising the muscles of Christian character, not only by listening to the truth, but also by living the truth.
Each homeroom class adopts two character traits which are the focal point of age-appropriate classroom activities and service projects. For example, one of the fifth grade character traits is diligence; this trait is worked out in diligent prayer on behalf of local police and first responders. This relationship with local officials is also an example of an important aspect of CIA – class service projects. Each grade level is involved in meaningful interaction with adults or other children in the community. The second grade makes regular visits to residents at a local assisted living community, bringing joy and friendship to the elderly residents. Students in seventh grade make regular Book Buddy visits to kindergarten classes at a local Fairfax County public school, and eighth grade students volunteer at Access Ministry in McLean to interact with children with developmental disabilities.
In an effort to enhance character training, each student has a “CIA Journal” in which they periodically write about an event or experience that has had an important impact on their life. This type of journaling allows students to reflect on the personal meaning of service to others.
Our Character-in-Action program is an integral part of our curriculum and is the “action” element behind our mission, Inspiring purposeful lives of learning, godliness and service. Projects require transportation support and coordination assistance between parents, teachers and the local representative. Every class has a team of Parent Service volunteers who are critical to providing essential support for every class service project. Our Character-in-Action Coordinator plans and coordinates all of our grade-level community service projects. Volunteers are always needed to drive a shuttle or accompany students as they serve. Simply contact our CIA Coordinator to find out how you can meet a need!