The holistic education of students at St Paul's is overseen by the Authentic Ministry Committee. This committee, set up in early 2010, in accordance with the Strategic Plan is currently exploring ways of ensuring that St Paul’s abides by the School’s Mission and Statement of Philosophy in all that it does. The Committee is also discussing how it can effectively function and make a positive contribution towards the growth of Authentic Ministry as outlined in the Strategic Plan.
Authentic Ministry includes members of the St Paul’s community being involved in the ministry of Jesus; is based on Scripture (Luke 4: 18 – 19; Matthew 28: 19 – 20); invites people to participate in the Kingdom of God; equips people to live authentically for Christ; engages with the real world; let’s go of the world’s way of getting things done e.g., for payment, self-gratification, for reward, for power, for status; and seeks to win the world through love, compassion, vulnerability, teaching, mercy, giving, service and faith in God.
Thought for the week from Robin Cox
"Abraham was called the friend of God." (James 2: 23)
The night before their wedding the boat carrying Joseph Scriven's deeply beloved fiancee capsized and she drowned. In the hope of forgetting the shock, which he never did, Joseph left Ireland and went to Canada. There he taught school and served as a tutor. He lived very simply, spending his money and strength generously providing for destitute people. Considered an eccentric by some, all he tried to do was obey God's Word as best he could understand it. In his loneliness, he needed a steadfast friend. Having found that friend in Jesus Christ, he wrote:
What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
(Source: Our Daily Bread: Celebrating 50 Years)
Thought for Today
"Love is the only thing that we can carry with us when we go, and it makes the end so easy."
- Louisa May Alcott