This is the account of our teacher's meeting in May. Staff met up at the Jr. High Chapel at 3:30 to pray, address topics with each classroom, committees, and upcoming events. We didn't get to go through teacher training (sorry t.steve). We'll definitely do that at our teacher's retreat in June. We headed off to Jason's place by 5:30.
Of course, we started with Jason being our tour guide. We got to see his room and he took a picture with his teacher sharon. T.sharon and t.lizzy were posing in front of the columns. Then we took a stroll out to the backyard. Smell that Korean Kalbi! They had an interesting set of bushes that the teachers wanted to pose with. Then we stood around in a circle (doin' the Korean thang) and talked and learned more about Jason and his future aspirations.
The call to dinner was heard and we scampered in. Oh boy! After dinner, we sat down with the family and asked for their thoughts about our jr. high ministry. What we could do to continue to improve and support their son and the children. Right after we took group pictures, for good digestion of our wonderful dinner -- we got a performance from Jason on the piano AND the viola! Talent!
The day of the Purity Ceremony (May 7, 2010, Friday), our Jr. High joined with the other ministries to make carnations for Mother's day.
And then a short message based on Philippians 4:8, and a prayer and signing of the Purity Certificates before friends and family.
Our princesses! Committed to being pure before God.
The Friday Night sessions for 8th grade boys and 8th grade girls were led by t.eric and t.lizzy, respectively. They both covered "Our Identity, Our Self-Image in Christ."
While the 8th graders were being educated, 6th graders and 7th graders were outside under the tents practicing for the Westminster Shorter Catechism's test in June. The NCO's helped lead the other students. We did this by practicing using songs to help them memorize the doctrines of our faith and drinking hot cocoa. (Who says you can't LEARN and have FUN too????)
On Saturday, May 1, the 8th graders returned to church at 9 in the morning for the other seminars. T.Ann (How to Handle Emotions) and T.Eric (Purity) led in the morning. In the afternoon, T. Danny led "How to Handle Emotions" and T.Sharon led "Purity". T. Steve and T.Sharon concluded with "How to Set Goals"
Jasmine's Dad & Mom, and little brother Samuel.
As soon as we pulled up, Jasmine and Sabrina were there to greet us. Jasmine's family have been such wonderful supporters of Good Shepherd. While the food was finishing up, we strolled around and took the "tour" while deacon Park (our Boojang) and some of the teachers were chatting. The highlight of the evening was our discussion asking the parents how their daughter has benefitted from jr. high ministry, and if they could offer any suggestions or ideas for our improvement. We the teachers were so blessed to hear that the family was challenged to live more Christian-like while they saw their daughter growing in Christ!
Teacher Lizzy is Jasmine's 7th grade Sunday School Teacher. Sabrina is in the lime colored shirt and is Jasmine's friend. T. Lizzy is trying to gain some height at the last minute (tippy toes). T.Lizzy is in college.
Some of the jr. high students went around to raise funds for the 30 Hour Famine to give to World Vision. They sold nachos and also raised funds at their school. A total of $840 was raised! We had a time of prayer, Bible Study, and activities which helped us to reflect on what it is like to be hungry. So many people hunger every day.
After the message by PC, the games began to help the kids reflect on famine around the world. T.Sharon was giving directions to her game. After each activity, the jr. highers were able to journal their thoughts in their notebooks.
Teacher Steve is trying to give directions to the games. T.Lizzy led the games with the balloons. And there's Deacon Park making sure no one gets hurt. Oh, T.Danny right there in the corner looking very charming.
There was a construction game and a game called capture the dragon's tail.
Ah yes! We LOVE our PTA and Chin JSN. She leads our annual "Closing Ceremonies" to our 30 Hour Famine with Jook (Rice porridge). It is always SOOOOOOO GOOOD!
These visitations are so wonderful because we get to know the families of our jr high! Samuel's mom has such an outgoing personality! Good food, good conversations, good fellowship. Hmm... Samuel's desk is one of the cleanest I have ever seen. Is it always like that?????
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