800 Juliana Drive, Woodstock, Ontario

Phone: 519-539-1492


April 2019

Palm Sunday

Yesterday, in my church the Sunday School students stood at the back behind closed doors  waiting for their entry into the sanctuary at an appointed time. It is an annual occurrence on Palm Sunday that students wave palm branches down the aisles as a reminder what happened when Jesus was about to enter Jerusalem. It was in his day that Jesus rode into town on a donkey, and a large crowd gathered and laid palm branches and cloaks across the road as they welcomed the Son of David. But what we, the adults in church, expected was not to be. Instead the students waved swords down the aisles as a reminder to us of what kind of Saviour the Jews were expecting. The crowd wanted a Saviour to deliver them from the hands of the Romans. What they received instead is a Saviour who could deliver them from their sins.
As we approach Good Friday and Easter take time to reflect on the message that Christ came into the world to be a Saviour who delivers us from our sins. It is a "lifesaver" (to use a word we heard at the Volunteer Tea this morning) that our students can hear that consistent message each year, each week, and each day at Woodstock Christian School. They can proclaim that "God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)
Have a blessed Good Friday and Easter!
G. Hiemstra
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Springfest: Spring & Community



The snow has melted. Mud is drying. Birds are singing and building nests. Lawns are being raked and gardens cleared. Snow pants and winter boots are cleaned and stored. It's spring! For those in agriculture, construction, and other weather- dependent businesses, things are ramping up with new lists of jobs to do. One of the sure signs of spring at Woodstock Christian School is SPRINGFEST! If you've been in our front hall in the past few weeks, you would have seen signs, loads of bizarre (bazaar) bottles, and heard the excitement for this event mounting. This past Saturday, all the planning for this spring tradition culminated in a beautiful community event. We have a long history of bazaars and auctions and "-fests" at WCS, and each year and each event again, I thank God for blessing us with an outstanding supportive community. What do we mean when we include "Community" in our tagline at WCS? The idea of community comes from the sense of responsibility we have for each other. In the Bible, God encourages us to take care of each other while following the word of the Lord. We recognize the importance of maintaining connections with others to ensure a thriving community. Our desire at WCS is to create places of belonging. When there is opportunity for conversations, for good food, to sit and eat together, to meet new people, catch up with people not seen in months - or perhaps years, to play together, to engage in friendly competition, to be together because we love and support Christian Education - what a blessing! To the planners and volunteers, to those who generously donate for our various project and events, for all who attend WCS events - know that you are appreciated for your support and as community builders. We thank God for all of you!
C. Verbeek
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Change Your Perspective

Are you ready to change your perspective?
What are some of your routines? What is something you always do each morning? Or what about an evening routine? Maybe even your prayer life or Bible reading has become routine. Are you feeling stuck in a rut, or running on autopilot? Are you finding yourself doing the same things again and again without even thinking about it anymore?
A few minutes into the sermon on Sunday our pastor challenged us to change our perspective - literally! A few moments later the entire church was relocating themselves in new places in the sanctuary! There were lots of laughs, giggles and maybe a few interesting looks. Once settle in our new place I must admit it felt strange but, also got me thinking. 
Isn't life like that. We are used to sitting in the same spot, singing the same songs, talking and hanging out with the same people; just going about things that are comfortable. God doesn't call us to live a comfortable life - He wants us to reach out and step out. This coming Saturday we as a school community will gather for the annual SpringFest. It is going to be easy to mingle with our familiar people, hang out with those we feel comfortable or have things in common  with. But, I challenge you to take this opportunity to change your perspective. Take time to meet someone new. Talk with someone who looks unfamiliar, someone who in fact may be a total stranger! Remember, Jesus himself hung out with the tax collectors, Pharisees, with the children and the widows. You will be amazed at what opportunities God will provide you with to share His love with others if you are just willing to change your perspective.
Marcia Horinga
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