Spiritual Life

At Calvin, we count it a weighty privilege to help your child grow intellectually, but also spiritually. Throughout their education, we aim to teach students a foundational Biblical worldview and a growing sense of discernment. Every subject is taught from a Christian perspective, as students discover, innovate, and create to proclaim God’s glory. Our bi-weekly chapels, cross-grade student life groups, Bible studies, service opportunities, and prayers teams foster an authentic Christian community and encourage students to develop their own personal faith. Ultimately, we desire for our students to live out expressions of gratitude as they seek to live a life of service and a love for Christ.

Spiritual Theme – Fear Not

Deuteronomy 31:8: The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” We are excited to live this out in community together. We know He goes before us and we are so very grateful for His leading and abundant provision to our school and to each of us as His children.

As our high school community continues to dive into the spiritual theme, we’re discovering some new ways to encounter our Wednesday and Friday chapel gatherings.  We’re not just paying attention to what we’re going to experience, we’re being as intentional as possible about how we’re going to experience the command of “Fear Not”.

On Wednesdays we experience “Speakers, Stories, and Sermons.” Together we hear from compelling voices within and from outside of the high school community who have unique stories or a relevant message to share with us from scripture.

On Fridays we  experience “Praises, Practices, and Presence.” Together we participate in activities that help us be more present with ne another and with God, experience spiritual practices together, and/or worship God through singing.So far we’ve heard from a diversity of voices from around the world and West Michigan, and are excited about guests, staff, and students who will be leading us in the coming weeks.  We welcome parents, grandparents, and community members to join us anytime!

Chaplain On Staff

Mr. Matt Laidlaw,  Dean of Student Life, serves as our chaplain and works with students to coordinate chapel. He also walks with students in all aspects of student life, which includes monitoring behavioral concerns, building supportive relationships and providing pastoral care.

Student Life Center

In 2016, 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.

Groups of students and parents are using this prayer room regularly.  

Kenya Connection

The Kenya Connection

Grandville Calvin Christian School has been in a cross-cultural partnership with The Reverend Murupus Academy (RMA) in Kapenguria, Kenya for more than a decade.  What began as a dream to build relationships with Christians across the globe, has matured into lasting friendships with God’s people who are part of an amazing school in the northwestern Rift Valley of Kenya.  These people are experiencing the blessings of God in a school that is seeking to serve God and his children.

Students and staff from both schools are communicating with one another and are collaborating in loving, learning, and serving. Students in the middle and elementary schools have a buddy that they pray for and communicate with.  Reciprocal travel has allowed us to meet one another face to face and to grow to care deeply for God’s people across the globe.

The Grandville Calvin Christian community is also invited to sponsor a child at the RMA, providing a staff member or a needy family with the opportunity to continue to provide quality Christian education for their child.  Recently the RMA has begun to provide refuge for children from Uganda and other surrounding areas that are in turmoil stemming from corrupt governments and elections that have torn these countries apart.  Children as young as three years old, have come to the RMA to find love, security, and an opportunity to know Jesus Christ.

Our goal for this partnership is to experience the richness of God’s love to all people no matter where He has placed us.  Both school communities have been blessed by this partnership and will continue to seek God together as we work to guide children into a deeper relationship with God.

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