Spiritual Theme – Live Generously
Student Life Center
From October to June last school year, a team of students, faculty, and GCCS parents worked on overhauling the former Student Life Center into a prayer room. The room had become a miscellaneous gathering room and was no longer meeting the needs and longings of our community. And so the decision was made to transition the room into a prayer space, a special and specific space geared toward entering into the presence of God. Our world has become increasingly noisy and distractible – smartphones and other newer technologies steal our attention and keep us constantly entertained. The prayer room is intended to counteract this emphasis on endless activity; instead of push notifications and alerts, the space will encourage mindfulness, self-reflection, and prayer.
Time after time again in the gospels, Jesus goes off alone to pray. He abandons, for even a moment or two, the hustle and bustle of what he is doing and focuses on who he is being. He enters into conversation with the Father. He prays on behalf of his disciples. Our hope is that the rhythms of prayer so integral to Christ’s ministry start to leak into our lives as well, and the prayer room might be one resource in this endeavor. After all, it’s in these moments of quiet that we can best hear God’s whisper.
We aim to “debut” the prayer room sometime in the fall of 2016. Already, groups are praying in the space, but a proper launch and introduction to the student body will come soon. As part of the process, though, the whole student body participated in painting over a red wall covered in confessions and cries out to God. You can see a part of that transformation in the pictures on this page. In the near future, look for more pictures of the renovated room and updates on the space. This is only a room, yes, but hopefully it fosters an environment of prayer and rest in the midst of a busy school day. God be with you!