The communal graduation verse that the students chose to direct and focus their celebration comes from Colossians 3:23-24. What a great choice, given all the work they’ve done at school and at home in their years at Woodstock Christian School. They have lived and grown through the disruptions and unpredictability of these last two years and are well aware that life can be complicated. As these hardworking students leave the care and learning at WCS that is familiar and move on to the next stage of their school and life journey, the verse they have chosen will be a guide for them. They know and believe that God is present and that it is for Him and through Him that we live and work and have our being. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Congratulations, WCS Class of 2021! Hold onto the hope and joy and peace that only God provides.
We have known some of our eighth grade students for 10 years, and some for just a few years. Staff and students at WCS have been blessed by our bold, creative, athletic, sincere, godly, caring, funny and awesome (and more!) grads. We look forward to celebrating you at the graduation ceremony on Tuesday. We will miss you as you leave, but we also know it’s time for you to move on to new challenges. May you continue to grow in wisdom and understanding. Know that God continues to provide grace and love for you in abundance. He will continue to guide and bless you. Fare well & God bless you, Abigail, Alex, Arianna, Conner, Danika, Duncan, Eden, Erin, Esther, Evyn, Gabriel, Hailey, Jeremy, Judah, Julia, Julie, Katelyn, Naomi, and Paul.Blessings to each of you,
As some of you may know, I am an avid baseball fan. During our many days and evenings at home during the pandemic I have been watching a lot of Toronto Blue Jays baseball games on TV. I miss going to see games at the Rogers Centre. As our family was watching the Blue Jays game a couple of weekends ago, one of the starting pitchers did not have a strong start. In fact, I remember one of the announcers saying the pitcher had to make some ‘in game adjustments’ if he was going to last the expected six or seven innings for a starting pitcher. Well, after a rough first inning, the pitcher did make some ‘in game’ adjustments and continued to pitch into the seventh inning. In fact, he did not surrender another hit for the rest of the game. He actually seemed to get stronger as the game progressed. I wonder if we can learn something from the resiliency of that starting pitcher?
In our devotions and Bible classes in grade eight over the past couple of weeks we have been focussing on Paul and his missionary journeys. I am reminded of this verse from Philippians 3:14 where Paul writes: “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” The 2020-2021 school year is quickly coming to a close. We at Woodstock Christian School have had to make a number of ‘in game adjustments’ throughout this school year. Our students have gone from in person learning to remote learning twice this year. For the most part, we have been able to make our adjustments. It has not always been easy, but we have done it. As we work to finish out this school year let us all continue to press on. Perhaps we could even tap into our own resiliency and work at getting stronger as the year comes to a close. Thank you to all of the parents in our school community who have stepped up in a big way to support our students while learning from home. I have appreciated being able to partner with you throughout our school year.