But, we want to help you to be as comfortable as possible when and if you join us”. The people gather in the church weekly to glorify God in joyful worship. The expressions of worship on CCML take many forms a prayer, a hymn of reverent awe, a guitar ringing with a chorus of praise, or a warm handshake and a welcoming smile. Their weekly services begin at 9:30 each Sunday at church. Also, they have weekly podcast if anyone wants to listen online.
“For I know the plans I have for you declares the lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11 from the bible) Since day one of my life, my faith is what gets me through each day. I centered my graduation project on something I care most about because I was involved with my church since I was born. Through activities like a spaghetti dinner in February, Easter fellowship the Saturday of Easter, vacation bible school during the summer, youth babysitting during Christmas, and Christmas caroling these are just a few things I participate in at my church. The first thing I used in my graduation project was the annual spaghetti dinner the path youth does in February around valentines. I help do things the day before the actual dinner by setting tables up, getting the gymnasium decorated, help prepare food, make the directional sign for where people should go and park, etc… Then the day of I help set the salad out on the salad tables, finish decorating, wrap silverware in napkins, and serve the people when the dinner starts.
This one audition began a new phase in my life and helped develop my interest in choral music. I participated in state honor choirs from 4th grade until 12th grade. In addition to this, I was able to participate in the Alabama Baptist music camps at Shocco Springs in Talladega, AL during the summers. From 6th grade until 9th I spent my summers learning about the importance of church worship music and how it can help spread the Gospel. After learning this, I was able to apply my knowledge by volunteering in my church’s preschool and children’s choirs.
Being involved in these activities has been an important part of my life and is what takes up most of my time outside of school. My parents have also been active members and we, together, attend services and events regularly. Being a part of a religious organization has affected my development in ways that I had not even realized, ways that correlate to a study conducted to research the impact of religion on child development. According to the study by John Bartkowski (2008), children whose parents attend frequently exhibit greater social skills at home and impose positive effects on interaction skills, interpersonal skills and social competence. Another interesting finding was that attending church regularly has a strong influence on bolstering a child’s cognitive skills at school (Bartkowski, 2008).
Each day I work with an underprivileged school and work with individual students. In addition, I serve in a local church through leading youth groups each Sunday evening. At that same church I also run the sound
HCPT is a group which goes to Lourdes once a year with hundreds of children with volunteering adults to help them. The children love it and benefit hugely from it. There are over 5 million people that come to Lourdes a year, and it is a good way to get closer to God and change peoples lives. There is many ways that it can change a Christian’s life and their beliefs. The pilgrimage’s is not just all about praying, as it helps people relax and meet new people who might be sharing the same experiences as them.
I enjoy being the daughter of parents who pastor a Christian church, I have had many opportunities to travel to other cities, states, and countries for a variety of reasons. I have also had the opportunity to be a teacher to small children, a youth leader to high school students; to help others in need; to meet new people regularly; and to befriend people who are lonely. One of my most meaningful activities that I organized and led twice was the "30 hour famine" in conjunction with World Vision, International. Our group of fifteen plus kids (and adults) solicited dollar pledges for the hours we would go without food to help raise funds for other nations troubled by famines. For 30 hours we stayed together as a group talking, reading, praying, playing, sleeping... and drinking only water.
Are you and your family active members in a faith community? Yes If so, please tell us the name of the faith community (church, parish, other) and describe your involvement in this community. Our faith community is St. Paul of the Cross Church and School in Park Ridge, Illinois. We have been parishioners of St. Paul of the Cross since 1998 when we moved to Edison Park. We attend mass regularly as a family – on Sundays, Holy Days of Obligations and special occasions.
I will be participating in multiple volunteer activities throughout my Simpson career because I am a Wesley Service Scholar, which means I must complete eighty hours of volunteer work in two semesters to receive a scholarship provided by the college. I also helped out throughout high school and really enjoyed it, so I plan on continuing my service work. I am anxious to experience a variety of opportunities at Simpson College and in the Des Moines area. I recently volunteered at a program called the Breakfast Club through the Children’s and Family Urban Movement where I learned a lot about myself and the children involved. I plan on being more involved in service work during my college career than I was during my high school career.
Both my church and community have done so much for me growing up. It was an awesome feeling to come back and help out my church, talk with everyone back home, and help the bazaar become successful. Typically, once teenagers leave high school and go off to college, not many come back and attend or volunteer at the bazaar again. For me, it was very heartwarming to come back home and help out my church and my