Christian Service Program

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Christian Service is integral to students’ Holy Child experience, as it is one way in which students live Cornelia Connelly’s motto of “Actions Not Words." We believe that it is critical for all grade levels to participate in service and reflection as a community.

This program supports our Holy Child Network Goals pointing to the values of justice, peace, compassion, and a dynamic faith community. Students will have opportunities to serve others in our wider community, to encounter people beyond their current circles of relationships, and to put their individual gifts and talents into action. It is our hope that as students explore direct service through a variety of nonprofit organizations, that they will learn more about themselves and others, and see others as God sees them.

Upper school service hours must be direct service, defined as service face to face with vulnerable populations. Examples of direct service are serving meals at a food pantry, tutoring children in an after-school program, visiting seniors in a nursing home facility. These vary from indirect service which would include collecting cans for a food drive, raising funds for a charity, sorting clothes or donations at a center, or filing papers at a nonprofit office. Though the indirect service work is also important, our requirement is for direct service, as we believe that this allows for the most fulfilling work and ability to provide for human needs and see Christ in those served.

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Campus Ministry will provide a set of resources to support students and families to set everyone up for success with this effort. These include:

  • Overview of Christian Service Program in religion classes and at parent and student orientation in September
  • Lists of potential service sites and contact information
  • An online “bulletin board” on the parent and student portals with current listings of one-time and recurring service opportunities
  • Sign-up opportunities for students to go off campus to serve after school and on weekends as a group with Holy Child staff chaperones
  • Weekly office hours for Christian Service Coordinator to meet with students one-on-one or in small groups to seek opportunities convenient by location and calendar for the student

See below for a breakdown of service requirements per grade level.

Middle School (6th, 7th, 8th Grades)

  • 18 hours total over the course of the year divided into the following categories:
    • 7 hours service at home
    • 6 hours service to school or church
    • 5 hours service to community
  • Required benchmarks of service log and reflection at each of Q2, Q3, Q4
  • Students will be able to complete some of these required hours through Charity in Action elective
  • Students turn in benchmark work to religion teachers, which is marked pass/incomplete/fail

9th Grade

  • 20 hours total over the course of the school year; 5 hours each quarter, 10 per semester
  • Can be done through a variety of organizations serving vulnerable individuals
  • Direct service
  • Required benchmarks for service log and reflection due at the end of each quarter to religion teacher, which is marked pass/incomplete/fail

10th Grade

  • 25 hours total over the course of the year; 6 hours each quarter, 12.5 each semester
  • Can be done through a variety of organizations serving vulnerable individuals
  • Direct service
  • Required benchmarks for service log and reflection due at the end of each quarter to the religion teacher, which is marked pass/incomplete/fail

11th Grade

  • 30 hours of direct service to individuals through one organization over the course of the year; must be direct service to vulnerable individuals
  • Required service contract to ensure mutual understanding between student and service site. Contract must be approved by student, parent, site coordinator, and Holy Child before beginning work.
  • Required benchmarks of service log and reflection due at the end of each quarter to religion teacher, which is marked pass/incomplete/fail
  • Hours can either be done totally over the summer before 11th 500 Internal Server Error

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12th Grade

  • Under consideration: 30 hours which must be done during a summer week of service hosted by Holy Child the summer before senior year, allowing for group service and reflection. This will be phase 2 of the rollout and is not required for the class of 2021.  To be rolled out potentially summer 2021 for rising seniors.

Campus Ministry Staff

Catherine Albornoz
Campus Minister
301.365.0955 x2223

Ogechi Akalegbere
Christian Service Coordinator
301.365.0955 x2321