There is no substitute for God’s grace that brings salvation. This salvation has not been given to us merely for the purpose of attaining eternal life ourselves, but rather we are called to be God’s vessels of love to the world around us. Jesus, just hours before His arrest and eventual crucifixion, tells His disciples to “Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:12-13) These words apply also to us, not only to His followers 2000+ years ago.
It is with this in mind that CVCA has complemented our Bible curriculum with a Service expectation. We ask our students (grade 6-12) to serve in the local community, the nation and the world in which they live. They are encouraged to find appropriate opportunities within their churches, here at the school as well as with outside organizations, both para-church and secular, that meet both the physical and spiritual needs of a lost and dying world.
CVCA’s mission is to Educate and Cultivate servants for Christ. We believe that the coupling of this Service expectation with our Bible curriculum is foundation to enable our students to grow into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:8-10
What’s included in the service expectation?
- 8 Hours (Minimum) of approved service activity per semester.
- Part of all Bible classes.
- Pass/fail grade (Appears on transcript as a “P” or an “F”).
- 2 check points are required for all students each semester.
New Service Hours Tracking App
Students are required to use the Helper Helper app to track and verify their Service Expectation hours (8 per semester). Students can download Helper Helper from the app store on their smart phone, or use the web app on their Chromebook. It is a quick, easy, and accurate way to track and verify their service hours. Students simply click “Add past commitments” and include their parent or guardian’s email address in order for the hours to be verified. The parent/guardian will then receive either an email or text to electronically verify the submitted hours. Students were asked to have their hours entered on or before December 5. However, since this is a new procedure, we will accept first semester submissions and verification through December 14 for the pass/fail grade. Any service hours that were completed between May 25 and December 14 can be submitted. Please keep in mind that there is a one-day turnaround for the electronic verification process, so hours entered on December 15 will not be included in the grading process.