Acts 1:8 reminds us that ministry begins at home, moves to our backyard, and then continues around the world. Service allows students to explore and discover the gifts and talents with which God has equipped each of them. Our prayer is that one day our students will choose to serve, not out of obligation, but out of a true heart that loves God.
Grove provides many opportunities to serve others:
Leadership Club - Every year representatives from each high school grade are nominated and voted on to serve in the Leadership Club. This is student government with a ministry twist. Leadership Club plans activities such as Spirit Week and Homecoming, Field Day, fundraisers, and other spiritual emphasis activities. These students exemplify Christ and strive to be spiritual leaders for the student body now, so that one day they will be ready to serve as spiritual leaders throughout the world.
Community Service - Grove students are required to perform a certain amount of community service hours every year. These hours can be fulfilled through church-related activities, such as nursery work, VBS, nursing home ministries, etc., or they can be community-based, such as raking leaves for an elderly neighbor. Many classes plan community service activities so that they can have fun together, as a class, serving the Lord. Other students plan outreach activities with their families for this specific purpose. Regardless of the means, the end result is the joy of knowing they were the hands and feet of Jesus.
Student-Led Bible Studies - At Grove, it is not uncommon to hear about a new Bible study popping up at someone's house or at Panera Bread, but what makes these Bible studies unusual is that they are most often led by the students themselves. A student may have been challenged by a recent lesson in Bible class or a message in chapel, and that may spur them to dig deeper and to challenge each other through accountability partnerships and Facebook discussions.
Operation Christmas Child - This school-wide service project is the perfect opportunity for the entire school to come together for one purpose. Every year, we partner with Samaritan's Purse to provide shoe boxes full of small gifts for children around the globe. This heart-felt project allows our students to share the love of Jesus Christ and the joy of Christmas with others living in remote areas of the world.
Durham Mission Trip - Perhaps the most life-changing outreach opportunity for our students is our bi-yearly trip to the Durham Rescue Mission. High school students apply for the opportunity to serve and must receive recommendations from their pastors and teachers based on grades, character, godly example and leadership. Students then embark on an eye-opening journey where they get to work with residents from a homeless shelter. Most of the "student missionaries" go with the idea of being a blessing to others, but more often than not, they return having been blessed by the residents who have experienced God's love, strength and grace in tangible ways. The students realize how protected they've been, and that we are all the same in God's eyes - with the same calling - to serve Him and glorify Him with our lives.