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School challenged to reflect God’s love amid changes

Written on September 14th, 2007

In the face of some unexpected changes at Timothy Christian School (TCS) in Owen Sound, the leadership will be challenging the school community to focus on reflecting God’s love this year.

The theme for the year comes from 1 John 4:7 which says, “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” (New International Version)

“We’ll be working together to make this school year work with some unexpected changes,” says Anita Prange, interim principal.

The school’s has had a sudden change in administration. Prange accepted her new role August 15. She had been a staff-member last year. Her children have been attending the school for five years.

Prange admits right now the school is “somewhat in survival mode, somewhat in the ‘let’s look ahead’ mode.”

However, the vision is to see all that develops shaped by the year’s theme of reflecting God’s love, she adds.

The first day of school Prange spoke to students and staff on that theme. She included several mirrors for an object lesson.

“The (1 John 4:7) verse talks about love coming from God to us, and that’s all wonderful,” says Prange. “But then what do we do with that? This verse challenges us to love one another.

“(It shows) how we are God’s mirrors, reflecting that love out to others and beyond.”

She displayed a disco mirror as a symbol of TCS, reflecting God’s love in a myriad of directions and ways.

Throughout the school year student council will be challenged to include activities that relate to this theme. In addition, chapels will be shaped around it, says Prange, with songs and devotionals expanding and illustrating the message of the need to love one another because of God’s love.

For more information about TCS in Owen Sound, visit their website.