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Innovation Lab – A Place to Create
By Kelly Joos
The Innovation Lab is a unique space on our campus that allows teachers and students an opportunity to practice school-wide learner goals in a tangible and practical way. The entry wall to the space will soon display the fundamental purpose for the space: “A place to create for the One who created us.”
In dreaming into the possibility of the space, we have developed a list of “permissions” as an invitation into what it truly looks like to innovate and collaborate for the purposes of transforming the world for Jesus Christ. These permissions align directly to our school-wide learner goals and are painted around the room as reminders to students and teachers alike. We are excited to provide students with a unique learning environment where they are given opportunities to explore, analyze, create, innovate, test, learn, and grow in the context of a culture of collaboration, restoration, appreciation, and enjoyment.
Innovation Lab Permissions:
Walk with humility and integrity.
Be creative and flexible problem-solvers.
Value curiosity, wonder, and questions.
Take on challenges and explore your passions.
Take risks and celebrate failures as opportunities for discovery.
Embrace the struggle of learning and don’t give up in the face of difficulty.
Take initiative and learn new things.
Be open to new ideas and alternative solutions.
Be inclusive, encouraging, and generous in spirit.
Listen well and value the contributions of others.
Foster connections with our local and global communities
Class of 2017 Graduation
High School Graduation is a hallmark event at Lansing Christian School, and the class of 2017 was front and center at the graduation ceremony held at Trinity Church on June 2.
As is the tradition at LCS, graduating seniors play a leading role in the graduation ceremony. A number of LCS seniors presented inspiring and powerful speeches about their experience at LCS, communicating gratitude to teachers, parents, classmates, and to God. If you want to understand the mission of Lansing Christian School, attend a high school graduation!
In this year’s challenge to the senior class, Emma Myers communicated a thoughtful and heart-felt reflection on the senior class verse.
“Who shall I send? And who will go for us?” Isaiah answers, “Here I am. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8
(Excerpt from Emma Myer’s speech)
Often, when we talk about being ”sent,” it has the implication that you should be called to a different place, or put on a specific mission, or that you are always being “sent” to do a new thing. However, if we are always looking for the next thing we’re supposed to do to God, we are going to miss all the opportunities he has given us to do so in the here, in the now! Rather than looking for a place or a specific mission where God is going to “send” us, we ought to consider how we can follow Him in the places where we already are. That’s likely the place where He has actually sent you to.
In most cases, this will not look glamorous. Most of the time, it will be hard and unacknowledged work. But, as hard as this can be, the Christian life is often lived out through small acts of love and obedience, not in grand gestures.
The fact is that the Christian life is not a collection of grand gestures done in God’s name. Rather, it is the humble work of loving those around you and seeking God daily, in each moment. It is a collection of small acts of obedience, the results of which you many never see. But it is through these things that God can change a heart, change a community, and, ultimately change the world.
Whatever God calls you to, whether it is grand or simple, be willing to faithfully follow saying, “Here am I. Send me!”
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