Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Class Rings

This morning we had a Junior Ring Ceremony at school.  I can't believe my little baby is old enough for a class ring.   It was very interesting to hear the history behind what started the tradition of class rings.  Did you know it began in the 1800's at West Point Academy?  Me either!

The Juniors recently returned from a three day missions trip to the inner city of Washington DC where they prayed, served, and sought out the homeless through the Center for Student Missions.  They served in soup kitchens, after school programs and more and even had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the many different cultures of the area - dining each evening on a different local cultural cuisine.

My Megan shared some scripture and her experience of how God worked through her during those days in DC.  She contrasted what the magnificent history the city holds and all the things that man has accomplished there to the stark reality of what the streets turn into as you drive away from the historical areas.

Our headmaster, Mr. Cox charged the students with carrying out the call to Christian leadership - a symbol of what these rings mean.

Several teachers chose a scripture for each student which were read as they were given their rings... Kirsten's scripture was  Psalm 143:10 " Teach me to do your will,  for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!"

Megans verse was  "For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands." Isaiah 55:12

And my dear Madison (yes, MY :) they belong to me)  Her verse was   Galations 6:9-10 "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith."

Megan's sweet family...

I'm so proud of all these beautiful girls! They are becoming such wonderful young ladies - who are rising up to the high bar that has been placed before them in such an incredible Christ-centered school.


Wendy said...

What a beautiful ceremony--very memorable and meaningful. Thanks for sharing and congrats to the Juniors.

Unknown said...

Such a lovely post, and lovely, lovely girls. Congratulations to them all xx

Anita Johnson said...

Your pictures are always so beautiful, but I love this ceremony for so many reasons...and such beautiful rings too. I looked through the pictures of your church...beautiful shots for the website. Our church uses stock photos and they don't look "real"...I should try to take photos for our site, but I have trouble shooting in low lght...your photos are just so sharp! Nice work! Enjoy the advent season!

Nana said...

I love that they have a ceremony for their rings. Really a neat idea. Congrats Kirky and to the rest of the Jr's. Hard to believe you are alrady there. Your ring is beautiful. love you!