Community Service

Romans 12:1 says “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Immersing our students in the habit of corporate worship through service and outreach is essential. Jesus did not only preach service but lived it. Similarly, we want our students to experience how lives are transformed and moved towards Jesus through our actions and our humility in serving.

While the locations change each year, there are a few organizations that we have partnered with more recently. These service opportunities have presented themselves specifically through our SLEW (Spiritual Life Emphasis Week). Three of those organizations are Matthew 25 Ministries, Serve City, and The Healing Center (associated with The Vineyard Cincinnati). These three organizations have provided us with hospitality in housing large groups of students and have given us a global and local perspective in our service.

Community service is a part of the CCS curriculum for all grades. However, the expectation increases as our students develop. Each CCS JH/SH student is asked by our school to complete twelve (12) hours of service each school year, beginning in the summer and ending with the end of the school year.  Students may count service in June, July, and August for the upcoming school year. In addition, students are required to attend church a minimum of four (4) times each quarter and record notes for that church service.  Finally, students are required to memorize scripture in Biblical Studies courses. All of these assignments are submitted to Biblical Studies teachers as part of the Biblical Studies coursework/assessments.

12 hours of service: Each student is required to provide service to a person or group, not in his/her immediate family.  This service may be completed as part of a youth group, team, family project, or other organization, or it may be completed individually.  Three hours are due each quarter to the student’s Biblical Studies teacher. Service may be completed anytime from the close of school in June until the due dates one week before the end of each quarter.  All 12 hours of service may be completed in one project (even over the summer) and counted as three hours each quarter. A note signed by a parent or adult supervisor is sufficient documentation. Service projects completed as part of school assignments do not count toward service hours.  However, CCS organized mission trips that are not part of course assignments can be counted for these hours. For example, the trips to Houston or the Dominican Republic would count, but only for the quarters during or following those trips.