Learning to Serve Others with Compassion, Grace, Generosity and Mercy
Integrity is not something we possess on our own. It is learned and modeled. The Biblical values we promote and teach our students are compassion, grace, generosity and mercy. Each of these concepts introduces our students to the importance of caring for others and serving their needs. The discipline to form good character begins at home and moves through the day at school and play requiring a strong school/family cooperative effort to consistently model appropriate behaviors and forgiveness.
At St. James, we incorporate Positive Discipline with our Biblical beliefs to keep God’s love and forgiveness at the center of each and every conversation with students. The Positive Discipline Classroom Management Model is aimed at developing mutually respectful relationships. It teaches adults to employ kindness and firmness at the same time, and is neither punitive nor permissive. We make sure that each conversation ends with one party forgiving the other, just as Christ forgives us.
“When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” John 21:15
Compassion and mercy are attributes of God and through Christ of His Church. Through the generosity of God’s people human care has been provided since Jesus walked among us. Our witness of love through caring for the needs of the hopeless introduce others to Christ, provide for their survival, and strengthen us in faith and trust in God.
Each year St. James students will learn the importance of loving our neighbor as they learn about mercy and serving in simple and practical ways. Through Chapel offerings, community collection projects and current event discussions they are encouraged to empathize with others and seek to help improve their specific situations. In past years we have partnered with Lakeview Pantry, the Lydia Home, Lutheran Church Charities, World Bicycle Relief and LCMS World Missions.