The third facet of our mission statement is to “impact the world for Christ.” We believe that impacting the world isn’t something that has to wait until graduation, it starts now! As early as our kindergarten, students at FRCS are learning that they have a role to play in Kingdom work as they serve and minster to others. This whole notion of being able to impact the world for Christ really takes a beating when our kids become teenagers. As the “evil one” continues to bombard them with messages to focus on “number one,” we are purposefully providing opportunities for them to focus on others. Our GO! program provides students with “in the field” experience, allowing them practical opportunities to impact the world for Christ on a bi-monthly basis. As they serve and minister in our community they experience what it’s like to love and care for others in the name of Jesus and prayerfully, come to realize that part of being a disciple of Jesus Christ means loving and caring for others above themselves.
Our GO! program runs every other month, for a full Wednesday. Both junior and senior high students have a variety of opportunities to serve in our community. Downtown Denver serves as the location for a number of our GO! groups. Many serve with organizations ministering to poor and indigent populations, others work in inner city schools and one group serves meals at Ronald McDonald House. Closer to home we have groups working with local preschools, disabled adults, retirement homes, thrift stores, community gardens, and our own Mini Me mentoring program. Occasionally we have groups that clean ministry facilities and others that minister to service personnel (firemen, policemen, and military).
It is awesome to see 200+ students, teachers and parent helpers GO! out each month to Impact the World for Christ. This school year, students will invest approximately 3600 combined hours of community service through this program!
The GO! program received an award from the ACSI in the 2009/2010 school year as an Exemplary School Program in “recognition of educational programs that provide opportunity beyond the traditional ACSI honors.”
Parents who are interested in driving or supervising GO! outings should fill out the Driver/Supervisor Partnership Form (available from the junior/senior high office) and turn it and a copy of your driver’s license and car insurance in to the high school office.
GO! Dates for 2018/2019
- September 12, 2018
- November 14, 2018
- February 12, 2019
- April 18, 2019 (please note that this is a Thursday)
On GO! days, this is the schedule for the day:
- 7:40-7:45am – Attendance
- 7:45-8:15am – Chapel
- 8:15am-2:30pm – GO! Outings
- 2:30-3pm – Debrief Time
Sample of Organizations
Here is a sample list of some of the organizations with which we do ministry with through our GO! program. Praise God for how he is using FRCS students in our community to bring Him glory.
- ARC Thrift store – students help sort out old merchandise and re-stock newer items.
- Art for the Nations – a ministry that gives bags of art supplies to any mission or service team working with children anywhere in the world
- Bessie’s Hope – Students learn how to effectively minister to the elderly living in convalescent living situations
- Café 180 – The Café ask patrons to pay whatever they are able for their meal. If they aren’t able to pay they can work at the Café to pay for their meal. Students help in whatever way is helpful for the restaurant personnel.
- College View Academy – Students are reading buddies for elementary students
- Colorado Assisted Living – Students minister to elderly individuals living in small home settings.
- Columbine Elementary
- Community Ministry – a food bank serving Denver County
- David Clifton Ministries – outreach to preach the Gospel and feed the poor
- Denver Parks
- Extreme Community Makeover (Confluence Ministries) – Students help an urban community with various tasks to bring the area a better sense of “self-worth,” including, but not limited to, painting over graffiti
- FRCS Disc Golf Outreach and Development
- Inner-City Christian School – Students do various work projects and helping with recess duty.
- Jeffco Action Center – Center that supports the West Denver community with food/clothing needs, emergency shelter, and indigent medical care. Students assist in the food and clothing bank, sorting food items and assisting clients when they drop off items at the center.
- Joshua Station – A transitional housing complex for people getting out of homeless situations. The students help with work projects around the facility
- Mini-Me Mentors – Students mentor an elementary group at FRCS Elementary. They work through a prepared agenda to connect the older student with a small group of elementary students on a spiritual level. The Elementary kids love it!
- Multi-housing Ministry – This is a ministry run through Bear Valley Church. The ministry works in low-income housing apartments. Students assist by delivering flyers, preparing for events, organizing donations, etc.
- Open Door – Open Door Fellowship ministers to a variety of population groups in the inner-city. Students come alongside the directors of Still Waters Housing through organizing and unloading food deliveries, preparing for the Christmas party, doing yard work, and prayer walking.
- Platte River Park – Students assist with grounds maintenance in the park.
- Project Cure – a ministry that provides donated medical supplies and equipment to developing countries around the world
- Round-up Fellowship – This organization provides day care for mentally disabled adults. Our students spend time with the participants playing games and loving them in the name of Jesus.
- Summit Adult Day Care and Wellness Center – provides care for families with senior citizens living at home