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
"He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully." (2 Corinthians 9:6)
On my father's farm were certain fields he sowed by hand. He would strap on a canvas pouch, fill it with seed and cast seed everywhere.
When a farmer sows seed in his field, it looks like he's throwing it away, but it isn't really gone. In due time he gets it back - with much more besides.
When we give ourselves to Christ, it may seem to people as if we're throwing our life away. But Jesus teaches us to measure our lives by losses rather than gains, by sacrifices rather than self-preservation, by time spent for others rather than lavished upon ourselves, by love poured out rather than love poured in.
(Source: Our Daily Bread: Celebrating 50 Years)
Thought for Today:
"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve."
- Albert Schweitzer