Service Fridays: Putting Faith into Action

By Kelsey Kirkendall

Originally Published: September 29, 2014

This year, Bible classes at Temple have decided to try something new on Fridays: a service project. Once a week, each class performs a small act of service somewhere in or around school. Projects have included, making encouraging card for teachers, cleaning up the soccer field for homecoming, and wiping down toys in the day care.

Hannah Pickerell, a high school junior, said that her favorite service project so far has been writing letters to a soldier in Afghanistan. “I think it’s really cool to be able to encourage him, and tell him my story. Plus, I don’t know if he was a Christian or not so I might have been able to witness to him.”

The sophomore class has been writing encouragement notes for the teachers the last few weeks. They have also picked up the trash at the baseball field to get it ready for homecoming. “I like these service projects, because it changes up what we do. It applies the things we are doing in class and it helps the community,” said sophomore Kaitlyn Sutton.

Some classes have even adopted a graduate to encourage and pray for. The eighth grade class has been writing letters and encouraging Bible verses to graduate Austin Ciminillo who is in Europe with the Marine Corps.  A few weeks, ago, his wife came into the class to tell them that he appreciated their support and encouragement. They are also getting a picture of him to hang in their classroom as a reminder to keep him in their prayers. “I think it’s kind of cool to let him know that his school still cares for him and is praying for him,” said Sophie White.

These Fridays get students out of a classroom and provide them with a way to put their faith into action. Hopefully, they will also encourage students to serve more in their daily lives.