Every year since 2006 Adventist Schools Victoria has held a Combined Schools Worship Day.
This time of worship has become a looked-forward to, very special time because we bring together students and teachers from all of our schools to give praise and worship to our Creator God!
This year the event was held over two mornings at one of our schools Nunawading Christian College. The Primary schools’ worship took place on Thursday August 16 and the Secondary event was held the following day – Friday August 17. Primary students from Years 3 to 6 attended, and secondary students from Years 7 to 12.
The theme this year was GET CONNECTED!
The programs were organised by the schools’ chaplains. We wish to thank them for the time they put in to planning and bringing all the components of the service together. God certainly blessed their planning, as well as the worship time!
Led by teachers and chaplains, students from each school lead an aspect of the program. The components of worship ranged from the welcome to attendees, to leading in prayer, singing and providing music, along with presenting inspiring drama, art and choral presentations. Each school also featured on a short video that showcased the school and highlighted snippets that illustrated their students’ commitment to exploring the character of God, His love in their lives and their service to others – following the example of Jesus Christ.
A big thank you too to all of the teachers and students. You were inspiring!
The speaker Hayden Petersen, Chaplain at Edinburgh Adventist Primary School, emphasised the importance of getting, and staying connected to God. Hayden used a number of personal experiences to illustrate connections, including rock climbing where the climber needs to be, and stay connected to the safety equipment – a metaphor for maintaining connection to our Saviour. Later each student was presented with a take-home reminder of the day – a carabiner engraved with the words, GET CONNECTED.
In addition to the worship time, students and staff had the opportunity afterwards to share lunch and a social time together.
Below is a slide show and video of the interpretive dance presented as an expression of worship. (Thank you to Mike and Israel for the photos and video footage!) I will update the post when I receive more media so stay tuned.