Our desire for students at Hope Lutheran Christian School is that they become active participants in society and ambassadors of the eternal life that they have in Christ.
With this in mind, we intentionally build programs into our schedule and school calendar to achieve these goals by offering students opportunities to serve the community and be the hands and feet of Jesus. We have three targeted communities in our mission focus:
First, we target our school community.
As part of their Christian education, all high school students participate in weekly worship services and are enrolled in at least one Christian Studies class per year. Our worship service offers our staff and students time to come together as the body of Christ and as sinners to celebrate the grace God has extended to us through the salvation we receive through Jesus Christ. Throughout the year, we have guest speakers come in to share with us and we collect an offering to support various missions throughout the world. In Christian Studies, classes are largely discussion based and include Biblical literacy training but emphasize that students needs to understand why they believe what they say they believe whether their belief system is based on Christianity or not. Our school is not just for Christians. It is for all students of various belief systems. Another intentional school community builder is the fellowship provided in our Spirit Teams which you can read more about under “Activities”.
Our second focus is our local community and finding ways to have our students serve others.
At least twice a year, we break from our academic courses and all of our high school students head out to various locations in the Lower Mainland to serve others. In the past, we have been blessed to partner with Hyde Creek Recreation Centre, Riverside Community Church, Wagner Hills Farm, Abbotsford Gleaners, Campbell Valley House of Hope, Surrey Urban Mission, Union Gospel Mission, and the local community by picking up garbage and removing graffiti. We also provide training and partnership opportunities for our students by attending such events as the Mission Fest in Vancouver and the Apologetics Conference in Abbotsford.
Finally, we serve our national and international community.
Hope Lutheran has a wonderful history of serving in the greater community by partnering with missions on the west coast or other Lutheran schools across Canada and the USA through our grade eight and nine mission trip. In previous years, students have served in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Michigan. In 2014, HLCS expanded it mission field to include Costa Rica by sending students down to an established mission field for twelve days.