“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
All secondary students are required to complete community service hours each quarter as part of their Bible grade. All junior high students will complete 8 hours of community service each year (2 hours per quarter) and all high school students will complete 16 hours of community service each year (4 hours per quarter). Students may complete these hours during the summer prior to the school year, or complete them per quarter. These hours constitute ten percent of each student’s Bible grade each quarter. This is an excellent opportunity for students to gain some experience as well as for the community to see what wonderful young men and women our FBCA students are!
Each student will complete community service hours with a non-profit organization and receive a letter on letterhead from that organization with the details: date, hours worked, what was done, etc. This letter will be turned in to the student’s Bible teacher to report the hours.
The intent behind requiring community service is for our students to get out in the community and volunteer (may not be a paid position) their time; to let their light shine as they minister to the world! Students are encouraged to recognize the gifts God has given each of them, and to use these gifts as they serve.
Students learn much about themselves as they interact with others and there is great satisfaction in completing an objective as part of a team. As a result, community service hours should be completed with an organized, supervised group under the direction of a staff (church, school, non-profit) person. If an event is a requirement for your team or club, it does not count as community service. It might count for SLI points or NHS, but if it is a requirement for a team, class, or club, it cannot count as community service. Community service is above and beyond the requirements.
If a student has an idea for service that he or she is not sure qualifies under the community service guidelines, he/she must receive prior written approval from the Bible teacher to ensure that the volunteer work qualifies as community service.
Volunteer work that does qualify as community service - This is not an exhaustive list; it is a short list to give some ideas. There are many more possibilities. Check with your Bible teacher if you are unsure.
- Mission trips
- Vacation Bible School
- Camp counselor
- Sunday School teacher
- Nursery worker
- Church outreach
- Food bank
- Humane Society
- Crisis Pregnancy Center
- Public Library
- Community beautification/trash clean-up events
Volunteer work that does not qualify as community service - This is not an exhaustive list; it is a short list to give some ideas. There are many more possibilities. Check with your Bible teacher if you are unsure.
- Activities for which you are paid
- Household chores
- Babysitting on an individual basis
- Working in the family business
- Picking up trash individually in your neighborhood
- Volunteer work done during school hours
- Volunteer work done for your sport during your sport’s season (such as preparing the field)
- Work required as part of a class, school club or team