Christian Ministry Activities
At Seoul Foreign School, many opportunities are available for students to learn more about and grow in the Christian faith. Through the office and coordination of the Christian Ministries Coordinator, programs, events, and activities are available for all SFS students.
These ministry programs are designed so that no matter where a student is in their spiritual formation or journey, they will be able to grow in the Christian faith.
Christian Ministry programming includes, but is not limited to the following:
SCHOOL WIDE PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES:
United in Prayer:
United in Prayer (formerly 'See You at the Pole'), taking place in September, students and staff gather on the field for a time of Scripture reading and prayer. Prayers are offered from every age group and in several languages, representing the diversity of our school. During this school wide gathering, the SFS community joins in prayer for the world, the nation of Korea, SFS, and our friends and families.
Dongdaewon Tuberculosis Care Center:
This project operates through the Eugene Bell Foundation and allows students the opportunity to raise awareness and funds to purchase medical re-supply kits for tuberculosis patients in North Korea. (Please see the link to the Eugene Bell Foundation for more detailed information).
Host Country Service Organizations:
Throughout the year, SFS contributes service, fundraising and support for the following organizations in Korea:
Eastern Social Welfare Society www.eastern.or.kr/English
Angel’s Haven www.angels.or.kr
As SFS partners with these local organizations to provide service opportunities for our students, we hope to leave a lasting impact as an international school that cares about the needs of the disadvantaged children of Korea.
Hearts to Serve Assembly:
The annual all-school Hearts to Serve assemblies bring the school together under the theme of developing a “heart to serve,” following the model of Christ as He came to serve. The objective is to encourage and raise the awareness of how each one of us can make positive and lasting differences in the world. Each section contributes to this celebration of service-living.
General Christian Ministry Assemblies
Assemblies are held by each school section that focus on uplifting, encouraging, and teaching relevant contexts based on Christian principles and the Christ-Like Attitudes. These assemblies are generally high energy, creative, artistic, musical, educational, interactive, and impactful. Occasionally, special guests are invited to share with the students and staff.
ELEMENTARY AND BRITISH SCHOOLS (KS1 & KS2)
AWANA (Approved Workman Are Not Ashamed) from 2 Timothy 2:15 is a Christian club program that meets every Wednesday from 3:10-4:50 p.m. in the ES cafeteria. Kids (grades K-5th and KS1&2) play awesome games, have group/individual Bible verse memory time, and learn about the Christian faith. AWANA has a great rewards system that will motivate each child to keep on going. After school late bus is available for 1st -5th grades.
MIDDLE AND BRITISH SCHOOLS (KS3)
The discipleship program has over 100 middle school and KS3 students involved. The small groups of 4-8 students meet weekly for about an hour with their adult leader on Tuesdays 4-5pm. Each group is different in what happens as the needs and desires of the students vary. For some, it is a safe place to talk about questions in their faith or wrestle with a variety of life issue from a Christian perspective. Others read a book by a Christian author together or study a book of the Bible. Others just want to learn more about Christianity and the basics of faith.
The IMPACT program consists of two components. The Christian Ministries Leader meets weekly with a group of 10 middle school and key stage 3 student leaders, called Impact Student Leaders (ISL), in which they develop their skills of Christian leadership and plan larger outreach events for the rest of the MS/KS3 students. Their goal is to hold one large event each month, open to all the students in MS/KS3. At the large group events, students will participate in fun and exciting activities, enjoy a snack, and listen to a short message on some aspect of the person of Jesus or a personal testimony.
World Vision 30hr Famine:
The World Vision 30 hour Famine is available to middle school and British school KS3 students. The program is sponsored and organized by SFS Impact Student Leaders (ISL) and high school volunteers. Students are encouraged to participate in a 30 hour fast to identify with world hunger. Activities and discussion times are organized throughout a day event. Pledges are solicited to raise money to combat the plight of starvation throughout the world.
The discipleship program has over 90 high school students involved. The small groups of 2-10 students meet weekly for about an hour with their adult leader after school on Thursdays 4-5pm. Each group is different in what happens as the needs and desires of the students vary. For some, it is a safe place to talk about questions in their faith or wrestle with a variety of life issue from a Christian perspective. Others read a book by a Christian author together or study a book of the Bible. Others just want to learn more about Christianity and the basics of faith.
Psalms is a non-audition choir, made up of high school students and SFS faculty and community members. All are welcome to come and enjoy this time of fellowship, music-making, and praise time every Thursday evening! The fun all starts at 5:15 - 6:30pm with choir rehearsal and ending with a short personal praise sharing by group members. All voices are welcome!
G2G is a monthly outreach program on Fridays. G2G, like IMPACT, has two components. A group of high school leaders, called Ohana, meet weekly to plan the larger group activities. These large group activities typically involve free food, a great deal of fun and laughter, and a 5-15 minute message on some aspect of the person of Jesus or the sharing of a personal faith testimony, given by student leaders or faculty members.
Vida Nueva is a powerful, life changing retreat held twice a year, one in the fall and once in the spring. It is dubbed, “A short course in Christian living.” About 80 students and 10-15 adults work for two months to train and prepare for the weekend. Thirty-six high school students from international schools around Seoul attend the retreat.