Written by Debbie Symes, Director of Admissions
Living Their Mission
The mission of Crossings Christian School (CCS) is to partner with families and church to develop students into Christ-centered servant leaders who are academically and spiritually prepared for college and life. Service learning is built into our very DNA! The guiding principles are to serve others, be humble, follow Jesus, and trust God. We believe God calls us to share the responsibility of meeting the needs of others, and we pray to ultimately glorify God through our service.
Students from preschool through 12th grade are involved in serving their school, church and community in a variety of ways. Our younger students walk to nearby nursing homes, singing songs, and bringing cheer and treats. Cookies were made and delivered by first graders while sharing the story of the birth of Christ. First graders also celebrated the 100th day of school by taking on the challenge of collecting 100 medical supplies for Crossings Community Clinic which reaches out to the OKC community with medical help.
Serving the Community
Random acts of kindness were performed throughout the school in secret by CCS second grade students; it included showing their appreciation to the staff with special treats. Third graders delivered hats, gloves, and scarves to Whitefield Boy’s Home, while fourth graders made care baskets with Scriptures and prayers which were delivered to the waiting room at Mercy Hospital. Traveling to the Food Bank, our fifth graders collected food and worked shifts to help stock and shelve food. The lower school library book fair contributed $900 to purchase books for Stand Watie Elementary School.
Middle and upper school students were busy serving in our community as well. By partnering with Crossings Community Church, they filled backpacks and helped deliver them to Stand Watie students through the Bridging the Gap project. They prepared games, snacks, and crafts, and retold the Christmas story for each classroom in the school. It was a blessing to see the joy in the eyes and smiles of the Stand Watie students when they opened their backpacks. They expressed such gratitude to CCS, but it was truly the CCS students who were blessed!
Joy and Humility
CCS service learning is based on 2 Corinthians 9:12-15:
This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people, but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the Gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
We believe service promotes a spirit of joy and humility, two very necessary character traits in developing servant leaders, which in turn helps CCS accomplish its mission.
“Service Learning at Crossings Christian School” originally published by Debbie Symes, Director of Admissions at Crossings Christian School in the Spring 2012 edition of Crossings Magazine.