Beyond Ourselves

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things

God may be praised through Jesus Christ.   

1 Peter 4:10-11

 

At St George Christian School we seek to encourage and develop a culture of service and generosity in order to help our students develop their awareness of global needs and, from a Christian perspective, to see they can make a difference in the world.

 

Beyond Ourselves is a focussed initiative designed to provide students, staff and parents with opportunities to practically live out the message of the Gospel and extend the love of Christ through acts of service to our world. Students are given opportunities to be involved in a range of support activities to the wider community as well as fundraising and awareness campaigns for various charities. Our Beyond Ourselves student teams have been involved in many campaigns for those in need. A few of these are outlined below:

 

- Regular visits to senior citizens at the Rockdale Community Centre. The visits at regular intervals throughout the year involved a day of indoor games (such as bowls, coits, darts, cards) and craft activities. The students shared some songs, stories and the love of Christ (through personal testimony) with the elderly patrons over lunch, as many meaningful relationships were built.

 

- Participating in the "Walk in Their Shoes" campaign which aims to raise funds and awareness for persecuted Christians around the world through the "Open Doors" organisation.

 

- The "65 Roses" awareness and fund raising event day for the Cystic Fibrosis foundation. The Beyond Ourselves team auctioned roses, barbequed and sold sausage sandwiches, cakes and drinks and also sold 65 Roses merchandise.

 

- The "Live Below the Line" campaign where people in Australia take the challenge to eat on $2 a day for five days, thus gaining insight into the day to day lives of people living in extreme poverty.

 

- Daffodil Day where students sell daffodil merchandise in order to raise funds for cancer treatment and research

 

Vanuatu Mission Initiative

One of the main focuses of the Beyond Ourselves program is the Vanuatu Mission Initiative. Since 2009, SGCS has sent teams of students, staff and parents on annual mission trips to Vanuatu where participants have the opportunity to actively engage and assist those in physical and spiritual need. The 11 day mission consists of ministry, programs and practical help to local primary and high schools as well as children with disabilities.

 

Over the past eight years, the SGCS community has worked together to raise funds to assist in the building of a new school/clinic facility for children with disabilities, as well as sending people to construct the building. Medical teams have also been sent to provide basic treatment, first aid and hygiene education for families in the Luganville area. Practical help in the form of donated gifts and resources such as basic school supplies, toothbrushes and toothpaste, soccer boots and other sports equipment have been distributed to those in need.

 

Our aim is to keep sending teams of students, staff (and parents) on annual mission trips to continue being generous with our resources, time, hands and hearts in order to meet the deep physical and spiritual needs of the community in Vanuatu. We will continue to go ‘beyond ourselves’ with the message of love, hope and salvation through Jesus Christ.