Worship and GIFT Groups

Chapel

Hebrews 10:23-25 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the day approaching.

Every Friday afternoon, before the staff and students in the elementary building head home for the weekend, we come together as a community of believers.  The Holy Spirit speaks to us through worship, God’s spoken word, and testimonies from believers who have gone before us and who are currently walking alongside of us.  It is such a powerful experience hearing God’s children worship with all of their hearts, share stories of God’s love and faithfulness, and be challenged to live a life of discipleship as Christ lived his!

Some highlights:

  • Singing Chapels
  • Classroom Chapels: Each class grades Early 5’s through Fifth Grade put on a chapel of there own.  It is great to see the God’s children equipped to lead us in a time of worship
  • Christmas Morning Chapels: The week leading into Christmas vacation all the classrooms come to the Gather Space for 15 minutes to prepare our hearts for the real meaning of Christmas.  Through carols, readings, and Bible Verses, we remember how Christmas is about God’s faithfulness and love to us by sending the best gift anyone could ever receive!
  • GIFT Groups: GIFT stands for Growing in Faith Together. These groups are a mix of students from grades Early 5s-2nd grade. Generally the groups stay the same as the kids move the way up through the south campus. GIFT groups start in the Gathering Space with a singing worship time and then the students break off into classrooms to talk about the school theme. These monthly groups help connect students with kids from different grades and provide a great chance for students to ‘expect community’. These groups also allow for a unique opportunity for teachers to build relationships with students of different grades. Another way we can grow community at DCS!.
  • Prayer: From opening the day in prayer, to prayer for devotions, at lunch and to close the day,  DCS makes a prayer an integral part of each school day. Dutton Christian also provides other opportunities for students to pray together in their DCS groups for the elementary and the Friday Morning prayer times at the Middle School. We also have an active prayer group of moms who pray for our school as part of Moms in Prayer.
  • Service Projects
    • Sister School: For the last several years, our students have been supporting our sister school, Grace Christian Community School of Pasay City in the Philippines. It is a preschool-sixth grade school. The public schools in the area often have up to 80 students in a classroom, so many people are drawn to Christian schools for the class size alone. This year we plan to sponsor the school by:
      • The middle school coin drive raised money to help repair a roof above the fifth and sixth grade classrooms.
      • The Elementary coin drive raised more than enough money to pay for Jozel and Kristine’s tuition.
      • And we will incorporate the Filipino culture and writing letters to students into our FARM activities.
    • Kids Food Basket: Dutton Christian supports Kids’ Food Basket through our bake sales, which are held by third-fifth grade classes.  Once the class counts the money, they will shop for items on their wish list.  The third graders volunteer there in January to become familiar with KFB and what its mission is all about: helping food insecure children in Grand Rapids.  We’ve also support Kids’ Food Basket with our elementary Thanksgiving food drive.  We collect items for their break bags, which go home with children over longer school breaks.