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Wristbands for Wes and Steph

December 19, 2014

When word spread that Wes Collins and Stephanie Collins had been involved in a serious car accident last August, members of their community were eager to help. At Dunnville Christian School, grade 7/8 students found a unique and thoughtful way to extend support. The wristbands they designed carry an important message for the injured couple: Don’t give up.

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Beacon Gives Back

December 15, 2014

For many, Black Friday marks the start of a frenzied, consumerist driven Christmas season. The pressure to buy more stuff for less money is everywhere: On billboards, in magazine advertisements and in the lyrics of radio jingles. Amid crowded parking lots and chaotic shopping malls the simple joy of finding the right gift often evades us.

At Beacon Christian School (BCS) in St. Catharines students are taking an alternative, and more inspiring approach to the season.

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Getting ready for the miracle

December 11, 2014

I had the occasion to visit a school yesterday. I was greeted warmly by the administrative assistant at the front desk and suitably signed in as I began my walk around. To my deep disappointment there were no students in any of the classes to disturb or to leave chaos in my wake. As I …

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Redeemer Students Help Ottawa’s Homeless

December 3, 2014

For the third year running, students at Redeemer Christian High School in Ottawa have partnered with Ottawa Innercity Ministries (OIM) to create Winter Survival Kits which will be given to individuals living on the streets. Recently at a school chapel, Pastor Andrew Balfour of OIM captivated Redeemer students with his stories of adults and youth …

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Re-forming the Formers: Self-Examination for Teachers November 7, 2014

The final lecture summary in our “Imagining the Kingdom” series has some valuable words of advice for any educator aspiring to be a teacher of virtue. What might attending to our own virtue formation really mean? And how can we best sustain one another in this ongoing project? We hope that you’ll find plenty of food for thought in what Jamie Smith has to say!

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Christian Schooling in a Secular Age: Reimagining Education as Mission October 28, 2014

This week’s summary (number three of four) invites readers to think about the nature of our secular age, and the implications it has for the Christian school movement. Where do the “spiritual but not religious” fit in? How do we make sense of the spiritual longings that endure in our culture today? Join with Smith in thinking seriously about how Christian schools can bless those who are looking for something more.

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Restory(ing) the Imagination: The Art of Education October 17, 2014

This week’s summary (number two of four) invites readers to think about the power of ritual and story within the sphere of Christian education. Read on and consider why micro habits might have macro implications!

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Beyond Worldview and Back Again October 13, 2014

This year, the keynote speaker at the biennial Christian Schools Canada Leadership Conference was James K. A. Smith, professor of philosophy at Calvin College and the editor of Comment magazine. Smith is also the award-winning author of Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism?

Over the next few weeks, the OACS News Service will provide readers with summaries of Smith’s four keynote addresses. We hope this series will be a benefit to conference attendees wishing to revisit Smith’s ideas, and for those who were unable to attend the event!

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When word spread that Wes Collins and Stephanie Collins had been involved in a serious car accident last August, members of their community were eager to help. At Dunnville Christian School, grade 7/8 students found a unique and thoughtful way to extend support. The wristbands they designed carry an important message for the injured couple: Don’t give up.

You can read this oacs news story in today’s issue of The Hamilton Spectator! www.thespec.com/opinion-story/5213650-wristbands-for-wes-and-steph/
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Armed with hot cups of coffee, cards, and candy canes, “servant working” small groups at Beacon Christian School made efforts to share their presence and their gifts with their surrounding community last November. Read more about their random acts of kindness here: www.oacs.org/2014/beacon-gives-back/ ... See MoreSee Less

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How are you "getting ready for the miracle" this year? OACS Director of School Quality, Ray Hendriks, has a few thoughts to share about finding peace amid the busyness of the Christmas season. Read his blog here: www.oacs.org/2014/getting-ready-for-the-miracle/ ... See MoreSee Less

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