This term we farewell Year 12 as they complete their schooling, assessments and exams. As always we will miss them, but we are excited to see them go out into the world with their unique personalities and gifts.
From my perspective as Chaplain, however, I will feel an even more pointed loss.
LimeTime, Kuyper’s Bible group for Primary students, is held every Tuesday at recess and is a place where students from Year 3 to Year 6 can hear the Bible explained and pray, play and fellowship together. A hugely encouraging aspect of this group is the faithfulness of the high school students who help lead. We have L leaders, P leaders and senior leaders, depending on their age.
Every week these students volunteer their recess time in order to minister to younger kids. Students are involved in running games, reading the Bible aloud, official welcoming, giving Bible talks and praying in large and small groups; not to mention interacting and building relationships, which is significant for both the high schoolers and the primary students.
Every year, unfortunately, we lose some of our senior leaders. Jasmine Kirkby and Matthew McCaull have been invaluable over the last three years and it has been a pleasure to see them grow in their faith, commitment and service of Jesus. They have been positive Christian role models, not just for the primary students, but the other leaders as well. They have also made my job lighter as I have been able to trust them to help in many and varied ways.
Although we are sad to see them go, we are also excited to see how God will use them for His glory in preaching the saving Gospel of Jesus and in whatever good works He has planned for them to do.
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.Matthew 5:14-16
Matthew and Jasmine; never forget that Jesus calls you the ‘light’ of this world. Kuyper wishes you and each of our graduating students, every blessing in Christ for your lives ahead.