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Do you belong?

That’s a pretty broad question, I know. But belonging is something that all humans crave. We want to be a part of something beyond ourselves. For most of us, that starts with family. When we are children, we belong to our parents; and in a healthy family, we enjoy belonging to our family members for our entire lives.

Christians belong to Christ. In Galatians 3:28, our 2023/24 theme verse, we read that “we are all one in Christ Jesus” and verse 29 says that we “belong to Christ.”

If we are all one because we belong to Christ, then we also belong to each other. This is a result of faith – belief in what Christ has done for us. This faith unites us to each other.

The name of our school is the first word in the Apostles’ Creed in the original Latin language -- “I Believe.” And if you believe, then you also belong. In the words of Lords Day 1, you belong first of all to your faithful saviour Jesus Christ. But you also belong in his church; you belong at this school, and you belong to your fellow students. You may not feel this belonging all the time, but that doesn’t make it any less true. In our theme verse, Paul says that our ethnicity, social status, and gender all don’t matter when it comes to whether we belong. Today, we could also add other categories like age, skin colour, and wealth. None of these things affect our belonging, either to Christ or to each other.

Sometimes we think that our own sins and struggles disqualify us from belonging to Christ, but he will never say that. If you believe, you belong. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. And never try to convince anyone else otherwise, either through your words or your actions.

May the 2023/24 school year be one in which we grow in a sense of belonging. And may you do your part to show others that they belong.

Kent Dykstra, Principal

September 2023

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.

Galatians 3:28, 29