London Christian Academy recently hosted the Christian Churches Network of London (CCNL) breakfast providing a win-win opportunity for those involved.
Principal Ron Hesman says the Jan. 17 breakfast was a record for the CCNL with 120 Christian leaders from the London area in attendance.
“It was a great opportunity for our students to serve the community and have some of the Christian leaders come in and see our school,” he says.
Mayor Joe Fontana spoke at the event. Hesman says the mayor’s message encouraged the city and Christian leaders to work together to serve and reach out to every individual in London, including those who may be left out such as the homeless.
In addition to the speaker, the meetings include a question period and time for organizations to give announcements. Attendees have time to network and be in community with Christian leaders.
The elementary school’s senior students helped run the event. The boys assisted in the parking lot and the girls served and cleared the food.
The food is prepared by people involved in the school’s parent council and promotions committee.
Hesman says hosting the Christian leaders is a way for the students to give back to their pastors and teachers.
“The senior students get to help serve instead of being served,” says Hesman.
Being a host offers the school exposure as the community Christian leaders from the area get to see the building, know where the school is and what they do.
“Sometimes you hear about Christian schools being one of the best kept secrets around because no one knows who you are (and) what you are, so it’s a win on both fronts and we have a good central location for these people to meet and enjoy being here.”
Hesman says London Christian Academy will likely host CCNL again next January.