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; rather, we are called to be God’s vessels of love to the world around us. Jesus, just before His arrest and crucifixion, told 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 2,000+ years ago.
It is with this in mind that CVCA has a service expectation to compliment our Bible curriculum. Our students (grades 6-12) serve in the local community, the nation, and around the world. They are encouraged to find appropriate opportunities within their churches, here at the school, and 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 coupling this service expectation with our Bible curriculum is foundational for our students to grow into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
Here are some examples of the great ways CVCA students are making an impact in their communities:
- National Day of Prayer volunteer
- Sunday school/ church nursery helper
- Public school speaker to promote teen success
- Church usher/server
- Community clean up helper
- Cuyahoga Valley National Park trail manager
- Urban Vision Kids club helper
- El Salvador Orphanage helper
- Worship leader
- Soup kitchen volunteer
- Juvenile Detention outreach
- Hospital volunteer
- School event helper
What is 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
- Students use the Helper Helper app to track and verify their Service Expectation hours.
“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