Worship is central to the life of Christians. We encourage students to attend the worship services with their families each Sunday.
We know that Sundays have many competing attentions, but we believe that worshiping with friends, family, and strangers is an integral part of faith formation. We also encourage you to consider doing some of your service hours through involvement in worship and related areas.
During each of the three years, Affirmation students need to do 25 hours of service (75 hours to complete the process). The purpose of service hours is to encourage students to apply their faith in ways that serve the church and others in the community.
Students may also create their own service project, but must get approval from David prior to the event. No more than 15 hours of a student’s yearly hours can be done doing any one type of service. Extra hours earned in one year may be carried over to the next year.
What counts as service?
Hours can not be counted when a student does a project that pays, earns a badge or provides more than the satisfaction of the experience. Hours cannot be given for coaching or assisting with a sports program unless it is ministry-based or working with under-privileged children. Hours do not count for service within one’s family.
Ideas for Serving
Throughout the year, there will be opportunities for service. There will be specially planned service events that students (and often their parents, too) can do. This website and the WAY Student Ministries facebook page will usually contain details of those events. The following list includes specific and general types of service that can be done to earn service hours:
Tracking your hours
To get credit for service hours, each student will report their service hours on their yearly process form. Parents are encouraged to track and report service hours and be involved in as many of the hours of service with their student as possible. This is the best modeling, and makes service a family affair. You can find a copy of the form on the Forms page.