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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Student Body raises funds for Guatemala Build A Village project

The entire student body got behind a special effort to raise money to benefit the Total Village Transformation ministry of Hope of Life International in Guatemala. During this summer's Guatemala mission trip, our team will use the funds raised through this project to help rebuild and minister to the small town of El Canal.

Our High School students raised money through a Penny Wars competition during March and April. The kindergarten through 8th grade students brought in donations to add paper bricks to our Build A Village wall in the pool-area hallway. For each $10 donated, another paper brick was added to the wall during the month of March. By Easter break, students had raised more than $4,000 toward this special Guatemala ministry.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Victory Mountain Youth Camp Service Day

March 23 was the date for the annual service day at the Victory Mountain Youth Camp in Sophia, NC. WCA 9th-11th grade students - 300 of them! - worked side-by-side with our faculty and staff to spend an early spring day working hard to prepare the facility for another season of campers. Wesleyan students cleared trails, painted lines on the basketball court and rails for the lodge, cleaned the roof and gutters, did general landscaping, burned brush and repaired fence posts.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Vietnam Veteran Presents Chapel Program

Retired Lieutenant Clebe McClary is not just any ordinary speaker; in a February High School chapel, students had the distinct honor to hear this Vietnam vet share his extraordinary journey of faith and triumph. In March 1968, during his 19th reconnaissance mission, Lt. McClary was wounded so badly he lost most of the use of his right hand and was told that he would never walk again. However, Lt. mcClary gives God the glory and credit for helping him defy the odds and become a walking, talking crusador for Christ. Ever since his days of recovery and rehabilitation, Lt. McClary has spoken to groups across the nation bringing a message of hope centered on God's Word and the power of Christ in the world today.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

2015 Spiritual Emphasis Week

The 2015 Spiritual Emphasis Week for our Middle School and High School students was led by Jamey Dickens, director of student ministry at Buckhead Church in Atlanta. Jamey focused the three days of chapel programs and personal interaction with the students on three key topics: See God as a Perfect Father, Know Who Influences Your Life, and How to Reflect God to Others. These programs presented God's Word clearly to our students, and many of them made commitments to Christ during this week.

In addition to Jamey's messages each day, Andy Peele (worship leader at Hope City Church) led the praise and worship in each chapel, accompanied by the Wesleyan Christian Academy Praise Band.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Nice Visit with High Point Police

Wesleyan Christian Academy senior, Craig Nice, received a very special opportunity to further him toward his goal of majoring in criminal justice when he starts college next year. Chaplain Paul Coates took Criag for a personal visit and tour with High Point Police Chief Marty Sumner, who graciously answered Craig's questions and allowed him an inside look at the workings of a city police department. Craig has been accepted at several schools in their respective criminal justice programs and looks forward to pursuing a career in that field.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Necklaces for Kenya

Throughout the late fall and into mid-winter, elementary students have once again been purchasing handcrafted necklaces - made by women from Kenya - to support the ministry of Dr. Ben Omungu, parent of a WCA high school student and leader of an annual mission trip to Kenya. Dr. Omungu faithfully shares about his Kenya ministry each year in chapel programs for the elementary students, and our students have supported that ministry through these necklaces. As of the current school year, WCA elementary students have raised more than $3,000 for Kenya.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Students k-12 Make Cards for Wounded Soldiers


For several years, the grandmother of one of our students has spearheaded a campaign to provide homemade Christmas cards for the 250 wounded soldiers being treated at a special facility at Fort Bragg. This year, kindergarten through 6th grade classes, Middle School computer lab students, and Middle and High School art students made a wide variety of cards to cheer and honor our servicemen and women. The response this year was so tremendous that our students provided more than 600 cards -- enough for every wounded soldier to receive at least two cards!

The art work on these cards reflected the imagination and inspiration of our students, and the messages were esepcially touching, usually including a special Bible verse along with each student's personal greeting. We are proud to honor these soldiers at Fort Bragg and proud of the tenderness and warmth offered by our students.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

AXIS gives new spin to culture, social media

On Monday, November 17, AXIS came to Wesleyan and challenged students, teachers, and parents to rethink the roll of technology and social media so it can be a tool for us to transform the world around us rather than a culture that dictates our values and relationships.

The day started with a special morning seminar for the high school students. In a fast-paced presentation, the AXIS team prodded students to think through the lyrics and the messages bombarding them at every turn. "Do we own technology or does it own us?" they asked. The point the team hammered home is that all these things shape our ideas and our perspectives on the world. Knowing we're part of God's plan and God's story, our students need to learn to think wisely and with discernment.

The information didn't stop with the students, though. Continuing its theme of "Apathy to Action," the AXIS team met with teachers after school and then with an auditorium full of parents in the evening to provide supporting resources and informationt o alert adults to the messages that are competing our children's attention and to help adults guide and influence students through today's culture.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Service Partnership Continues with Macedonia Resource Center (November 3, 2014)

Beginning a service ministry that began in the fall of 2013, Wesleyan Christian Academy continues to partner with Macedonia Resource Center in downtown High Point to show Christ's love in myriad ways to the community there.

On the second Tuesday of each month during the school year, Wesleyan provides a community meal along with a time of praise and worship at the center.

Also, during Homecoming Week, students from kindergarten through 12th grade participated in a canned food drive that benefitted the MRC pantry as well as the food bank at Open Door Ministries.

October finished out with a school-wide coat drive for gently used jackets and coats to be distributed to needy residents in the Macedonia community. WCA families brought in more than 120 coats that were distributed at the Macedonia Resource Center's Trunk N Treat event at the end of the month.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

New Service Opportunities Available for WCA Students (Oct. 10, 2014)

In addition to the monthly community meals at Macedonia Resource Center, Wesleyan students have a number of special opportunities for face-to-face service ministry to people in the Triad community.

First thing in the morning every Tuesday, you'll find some of our Trojans over at Parkview Elementary have breakfast with and reading to selected students there.

On Wednesday afternoons, WCA students take time to tutor Macedonia community students after school. Many of these students attend Fairview Elementary, serving one of the most disadvantaged areas of the city.

Other special service events this fall include the Miracle Leage, Special Olympics, and Horse Power, a therapeutic learning center in Colfax.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Jamaica Mission Trip 2014


The 21st annual mission trip to Jamaica was June 6-15 this summer, and it was a wonderful, hard-working team of 24 students plus chaperones. As always seems to happen, the students came back home looking at life a little differently, expanding their Christian world view.

We continued our work from last year's team by adding a ramp and bathroom to the home of Patrick, a wheelchair-bound man. We also visited the orphanage and girls' home, as well as the local church. Many thanks to Mrs. Bell, Mr. Rickman, WCA parent Kerry Jones, and alumni Kevin Jones for helping to shepherd this great team of kids.

The final ministry for the Jamaica Team 2014 was to share their experiences with Middle School and High School students in a September chapel. Their enthusiasm is always contagious, with many of their classmates eager to sign-up for Jamaica 2015.

For Jamaica trip photos, see spiritual life photo gallery.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Grandparents' Honor Day, September 2014

The Elementary students look forward each year to the day set aside for honoring their grandparents. This year the Kindergarten 1 and Kindergarten 2 students held special events for their groups on September 22. The 1st grade through 4th grade students geared up for the big Grandparents' Honor Day chapel held on Friday, September 26.

Students honor their grandparents and grand "friends" with special artwork, cards, tours of their classrooms, and ultimately a grand chapel program featuring the musical talent of Ginger Still (grandmother of Ty Dixon, 4th grade) and the memories of a panel of grandparents - David Chilton (Jake Chilton, 4th grade), Katie Smith (Victoria Guthrie, 1st grade), Ellis Rouse (Cole Rouse, 3rd grade) and Pam Hall (Maggie Harrell, 4th grade). Students performed selected songs in honor of the day and emceed the program from start to finish. Before students left with their grandparents for a day of fun, Elementary Principal Dr. Perry Nicklow honored grandparents who traveled the farthest to attend, the oldest grandparent, the one with the most grandchildren, and others.

Congratulations to our students and faculty for putting together such a memorable chapel and to our grandparents for their encouragement and support.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

School-wide Service Day in April (April 26, 2014)

The weather was perfect for Saturday, April 26, as students gathered at a couple High Point venues for service day projects.

Bright and early that morning, Wesleyan Christian Academy High School students when to the Miracle League Park for a morning of baseball with special needs children. Our students pushed wheelchairs, assisted players, cheered, and supported the Miracle League teams in three back-to-back games. They share lots of smiles, hugs, and high-fives.

By mid-morning in another part of town, WCA families and students were gathering at the Macedonia Resource Center to join community residents there in the High Point Clean Sweep event. Small groups went out to specific street assignments not only to clean up trash, but also to share Jesus bracelets and have a chance to proclaim God's love to the people they met. An impromptu pick-up kickball game claimed time from one clean-up crew, and back the Center students who had finished their assigned area did some face painting with the children who came for the hot dog lunch shared by WCA with the community. With Mr. Rickman manning the hot dog grill, we fellowshipped with residents over a cook-out lunch, wrapping up the day by taking extra food to the Open Door Shelter up the road.

God continues to use our students and bless them as they serve Him and influence the world in His name.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Elementary School's Annual Missions Fair (March 21, 2014)

The annaul Elementary Missions Fair once again connected students to the ministry of spreading God's good news around the world by bringing missionaries from 15 nations to our campus for the day.

The day started with an opening assembly featuring a parade of nations with flags and costumes from around the world. The media center was transformed into a buffet of foods from many different countries, which the children had opportunity to sample experiencing cultures and tastes so different from their own. During the day, each class rotated to different classrooms to hear missionaries from places including India, Philippines, Germany, China, and Rwanda. Missionaries brought native costumes, art work, and materials written in the native language to illustrate the challenges of witnessing in a foreign culture.

Students not only absorbed the sights and sounds of people around the world, but they also learned special music and scripture, continuing to grow as they know and live the truth.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

3rd Quarter Chapels Provide Great Start for 2014, February 26, 2014

 

January and February have maintained the momentum of school spirit and school service for all our students, whether in Elementary, Middle, or High Schools.

 

As a follow up to the donations collected before Christmas for the disaster relief in the Philippines, a couple of respresentatives from Samaritan's Purse came for each chapel on January 9 to share about the work those funds would benefit. What a wonderful opportunity for our students to understand the impact their giving would have on people half a world away. At the end of the chapel programs, Pastor Paul Coates presented a check from WCA students for $28,414.17.

 

After the Samaritan's Purse chapel, Elementary students focused on the character traits of enthusiasm and loyalty in the first two months of the year, with several children's pastors from the area coming to share in chapel programs. In addition, as part of their celebration of the 100th day of school, our kindergarten students collected more than 300 cans of food to benefit area food pantries.

 

Middle School and High School students focused on spiritual renewal with the lead up to Spiritual Emphasis Week and during the three-day event with David Edwards and Andy Roy. Then in February, Coach Keith Gatlin shared his testimony with both chapel programs, emphasizing the Bible's instruction to grow in intellectual, spiritual, and physical well-being (Luke 2:52).

 

Continuing a relationship between our school and the Macedonia Resource Center in High Point, High School students returned to the center for the monthly community meal. Students served the dinner, visited with members of the community, and offered a short program of praise and worship.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Annual Spiritual Emphasis Week Inspires Students, January 23, 2014

 

For three days in January, Middle School and High School students experienced a tremendous time of spiritual encouragement and renewal during our Annual Spiritual Emphasis Week. This year, motivational speaker and evangelist David Edwards gave a simple message in each chapel program, January 21-23: helping students discover the importance of a Christ-centered lifestyle.

 

In addition, Andy Roy and his band led our students in praise and worship. Andy, now in ministry in South Carolina, was the worship leader at First Wesleyan Church for several years and has long been a good friend of Wesleyan Christian Academy.

 

Teachers and student prayer groups bathed our school in prayer in the days leading up to a these special chapels. We continue to reach out to students on whom these three days had a special impact. Please be in prayer for our students that God will continue to draw each one to Him.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Students Lend a Helping Hand


Wesleyan students have had opportunity to help two dear ladies, offering friendship, support, and a helping hand in the name of Christ.

 

In mid-November, High School students held a two-day bake sale to benefit Khamma, a Laotian who works with our cafeteria staff. Khamma's husband had incurred substantial medical expenses during a recent hospital stay without insurance. Students of all ages bought baked goods, and many offered extra donations, too. At High School assembly on Friday, November 22, Pastor Paul and Mrs. Bohon presented  a check for $2,000 to Khamma as a gift from her friends at Wesleyan.

 

During the Clean Sweep event in the Macedonia neighborhood in early November, students met a 91-year-old lady who eagerly joined them in prayer as they passed her house. As a follow up to that meeting, Wesleyan's varsity basketball team has made it their job to help this her with yard work and general upkeep around the house. Also, Pastor Paul, along with Dr. Brown and his family, got to deliver a Thanksgiving meal to her as well.

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Saturday, November 9, 2013


Reaching Out to Macedonia Event a Success

 

Bright and early on a Saturday morning, Wesleyan students and families made their way to the inner-city Macedonia Resource Center ready to go to work, but the job really began weeks before.

 

For three weeks leading up to November 9, students brought in coats of all sizes for a Coat Giveaway at the Macedonia center. More than 350 coats were sorted, put on hangars, and delivered to the center for the Saturday morning giveaway. What a blessing as families came to the center for a coat and received a warm smile and prayer, too.

 

While the coat giveaway was still underway, nearly 100 WCA volunteers gathered for the main event - the Clean Sweep through the Macedonia community. With such a great turn out, six teams spread out to scour the area, armed with gloves, trash bags, and long-handled trash grabbers. A couple of Rangers were generously loaned for the morning and were put to good use zipping back and forth between clean sweep teams with extra supplies and collecting trash bags.

 

After all that hard work, everyone was ready for lunch. Macedonia residents and clean sweep volunteers perched around the sidewalks and parking lot for grilled hot dogs, chips, and a delicious selection of cookies and brownies. Macedonia's Executive Director Dell McCormick and Christy Lowe, program director, spoke for everyone at the center to thank the students for their help. "What a blessing you have been to us today," Dell said.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Community Meals at MRC  

  

On the second Tuesday of each month during this school year, Wesleyan Christian Academy is partnering with the Macedonia Resource Center in a downtown High Point neighborhood to provide a community meal along with a time of praise and worship.

 

For the October dinner, the WCA Diakonos Club served some 60 residents of the Macedonia community. Coach Keith Gatlin and members of the Wesleyan basketball mingled with the residents during the meal, and Coach Gatlin spoke for a few minutes afterward. The program for the evening concluded with highlights from this year's Homecoming activities, including 11th graders Maddy and Mandy Clement doing a skit and 12th grader Anna Greeson sharing in song.

 

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Monday, October 14, 2013

 

Miracle League Fall Event

 

The semi-annual Miracle League event took place Saturday, October 5, at the Miracle League Field in High Point located near A.J. Simeon Stadium. Wesleyan Christian Academy participated once again with 35 students at the field from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Our students paired one-on-one with special needs kids for a full day of baseball fun.

 

The event, held in the fall and the spring, is a great time of giving and compassion for our students as they give out of their own energy and health to those who bless them in return in unexpected and special ways.

 

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Friday, September 27, 2013

 

Great Start(s) in September

 

With the first full month of school comes the start of school spirit and school service for all our students, whether in Elementary, Middle, or High schools.

 

Elementary students launched the school year with a special time of honoring grandparents during the third week of September. As part of Grandparents' Honor Day, students prepare special decorations and gifts for their grandparents and grand-friends, and they also learn Bible verses and hymns to share with their guests at the annual GHD chapel.

 

Middle School and High School students celebrated their school spirit by dressing up each day of Spirit Week. Also, with a little help from Elementary students, they brought in several pickup truck loads of non-perishable food items before and during Spirit Week to supply several area food pantries.

 

Continuing a relationship begun last spring between our school and the Macedonia Resource Center in High Point, High School students participated in the first monthly community meal at the center. Students served the dinner, visited with members of the community, and offered a short program of praise and worship.

 

September is behind us, and we're off to a great start.

 

 

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Friday, August 23, 2013

 

Jamaica Mission Trip 2013

 

The 20th annual mission trip to Jamaica was May 31-June 10 this summer, and it was the biggest team of students we've taken yet - more than 30 dedicated hard workers. Undoubtedly, the students came back looking at life a little differently, expanding their Christian world view.

 

With the larger team, we got more work done and touched more lives than ever before. Among our tasks for the trip we built a new house for Patrick, a wheelchair-bound man, and while one group was at the store buying bedding, another group was fixing lunch on move-in day. We moved Patrick into his new home with singing, laughter, and prayer. What a day! We also visited the orphanage and girls' home, as well as the local church. Many thanks to Mrs. Bell, Mr. Rickman, and parents Trevor Cartee and Kerry Jones for helping to shepherd this great team of kids.

 

The final ministry for the Jamaica Team 2013 is to share their experiences with Middle School and High School students in chapel this fall. The students' enthusiasm is always contagious, with many of their classmates eager to sign up for Jamaica 2014.

 

For Jamaica trip photos, see the Spiritual Life Photo Gallery.

 

 

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Friday, May 10, 2013

 

Combined MS and HS Chapel Features Neil Holzapfel

 

Neil Holzapfel was our special guest speaker for a final combined-service chapel program for Middle School and High School students in the 2012-13 school year. Holzapfel is the founder of Raise the Children International, a non-profit organization that benefits children without parents in sub-Saharan Africa. He is also a world-class athlete; and an internationally recognized philanthropist.

 

 

The May 10 chapel service finishes out a year focused on the theme, “Authentic: Real Faith for Real Life.” This spring, Pastor Paul spoke a number of times to address the tragedies that students have faced this year. Our faculty members were amazing in their sensitivity, openness, and honesty in real-life situations that brought them through issues that can try the soul.


 

We pray for our students every day that they will seek God in all they do and draw ever closer to Him. Have a blessed summer!



 

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Monday, April 8, 2013

 

3rd Quarter

 

Weaving in and out of classroom instruction and special projects is the steady influence of the weekly chapel programs for Elementary, Middle School, and High School students.

 

During the 3rd quarter of the school year, Elementary chapels include a number of guest speakers from area churches, including Sheri Jennings from First Wesleyan Church, Austin Needham from Triad Baptist, and Selena Wheeler from Greenwood Hills Wesleyan. Nurse Lawton presented a program about being healthy in both mind and spirit, and Mrs. Cindy Moffitt led the children in prepar-ations for the annual Missions Fair event.

 

The chapel programs for the Middle School and High School students began with Spiritual Emphasis Week in January, featuring Dr. Jason Epps as speaker and the music of Rush of Fools. Other speakers included Manny Ohonme, the founder of Samaritan’s Feet; Andy Roy, praise and worship leader at First Wesleyan Church; and David Rich, from Bible Mission International.

 

 

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Elementary’s Annual Missions Fair

 

The annual Elementary Missions Fair once again connected students with the ministry of spreading God’s good news around the world by bringing more than a dozen missionaries to our campus for the day.


Highlights of the Missions Fair include an opening assembly with the parade of nations featuring flags and costumes from around the world and an opportunity to taste foods from other countries. During the day, each class rotated to different classrooms to hear mis-sionaries from places like India, Philippines, Germany, and China. Missionaries brought native costumes, art work, and materials written in the native language to illustrate the challenges of witnessing in a foreign culture.

 

The students not only absorbed the sighs and sounds of people around the world, but they also learned special music and the scripture Proverbs 11:30 "The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise", helping them grow to know and life the truth.

 

 

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Samaritan’s Feet – Shoes of Hope Distribution Day

 

A BIG thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Samaritan’s Feet  project – those who donated money toward the shoes, those who volunteered to  help at the event, and those who prayed for the workers and the guests.

 
Held this year at the Macedonia Resource Center in downtown High Point, new shoes were given to some 400 people, ranging from a 3-month-old infant to an elderly gentleman in his 80s. About 80 volunteers – nearly all of them our  students – helped with every task from greeting at the front door to washing feet to praying with guests. We washed about 800 feet, passed out some 350 bottles of water, made a couple hundred crafts, and smiled and prayed countless times. We carried hundreds of gallons of water and emptied 27 washtubs innumerable times. But the numbers don’t say it all: Time and time again guests were heard to say what a blessing we had been to them, and at the end of the day, it was evident that our volunteers had been blessed as well.


 

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Spiritual Emphasis Week Encourages Students  

 

This year’s Spiritual Emphasis Week (January 8-10) featured Dr. Jason Epps as our speaker. Dr. Epps – from Salt Lake City, Utah, where he is founder and pastor of Gospel Fellowship church – focused his three sessions on “Embrace the Struggle” and talked to the students about the struggle to believe, the struggle to be like Jesus, and the struggle to share Jesus.

 

In addition to the inspiring sessions with Dr. Epps, the singing group Rush of Fools and the praise band from First Wesleyan Church led students in enthusiastic praise and worship.


Spiritual Emphasis Week had a long-range impact on students, beginning a discussion about putting faith to practice that has continued in the weeks following this special event.



 

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Friday, December 14, 2012

2nd Quarter Chapels


Chapel programs continue to provide a regular worship setting for our students and give them a chance to experience praise, prayer, and instruction in a group setting.

During the 2nd nine weeks of school this year, Elementary School chapels included a number of speakers who helped the children focus on the character traits of Joyfulness (November) and Thoughtfulness (December). In addition to chapel programs by Dr. Nicklow and Pastor Paul, guest chapel speakers Kelsey Hart, director of children’s Ministries at Christ Wesleyan Church, and Sandy Sikes, children’s director at Westover Church. Also, December chapels included a special Christmas play presented by the 1st graders and a Nativity by Mrs. Moffitt’s 3rd Grade with a concert by the 4th Grade Chorus.


Chapels for Middle School and High School students continue to center around this year’s theme of authentic Christian living. Speakers have included William “Doc” Long, war veteran; Pastor Inthava Inthasane, for the National Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church; and a wrap-up of the ACSI High School leadership retreat. Also, the WCA Fine Arts program presented a special Christmas chapel of band and choral selections by the students.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving Program 

 

Every other year, the K1-4th Grade students combine to present a massive Thanksgiving pageant on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. This year, the special program was held on November 21 in the High School gym before a packed house of Elementary parents, family, and friends.

 

K1 and 1st Grade students played the parts of Native Americans, while K2, 2nd, and 3rd Grade students portrayed the Pilgrims. The 4th Graders served as narrators, instrumentalists, ushers, and the lead acting roles. Through the music and the story of the pageant, the students rediscovered the history of the earliest Thanksgiving celebration between Native Americans and Pilgrims honoring of how the Lord had blessed them with harvest and home. The biennial program serves as a special reminder to students and their families of how good God is to His people and how much we have for which to be thankful.

 

 

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Monday, November 5, 2012

1st Quarter Chapels 

Chapel programs provide a regular worship setting for our students and give them a chance to experience praise, prayer, and instruction in a group setting. The principals and head of school launch the school year by addressing students in the first chapel programs.

 

During the first quarter of the 2012-13 school year, Elementary School chapels included a number of speakers who helped the children focus on the character traits of Responsibility and Attentiveness. Guest chapel speakers included Mr. Michael Spangler, WCA Latin and math teacher; Rev. Terry Warr, whose two children attend WCA and who pastors Elm Christian Fellowship; Dr. Ben Omungu, parent of a WCA high school and leader of an annual mission trip to Kenya; Debbie Foust, director of children’s ministries at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church; and Kelsey Hart, director of children’s Ministries at Christ Wesleyan Church.

 

 

 

Chapels for Middle School and High School students have included a range of speakers and music groups. Two speakers shared their amazing stories: Rev. Ashanti Witherspoon, a former inmate and now a pastor in Louisiana, shared his testimony of God’s grace, and then Greensboro-resident Mr. Hank Brodt told of surviving the Holocaust in WWII. Pastor Andy Roy from First Wesleyan Church led students in a chapel of praise and worship, and later Exodus, the praise band from Liberty University, filled the auditorium with praise music. October chapels concluded with a special program entitled “Lest They Be forgotten” featuring veterans from different theaters of war.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Grandparents’ Honor Day, September 2012

The Elementary students look forward each year to the day set aside for honoring their grandparents. This year the Kindergarten-1 and Kindergarten-2 held special events for their groups on September 24 and 25. The 1st Grade through 4th Grade students geared up for the big Grandparents Honor Day chapel held on Friday, September 28.

 

Students honor their grandparents and grand “friends” with special artwork, cards, tours of their classrooms, and ultimately a grand chapel program featuring grandparent talent (the grandfathers of 2nd grader Jake Lowe) and speaker (grandfather of 1st grader Austin Hancock). Students performed selected songs in honor of the day and emceed the program from start to finish. Before students left with their grandparents for a day of fun, Elementary Principal Dr. Perry Nicklow honored grandparents who traveled the farthest to attend, the oldest grandparent, the one with the most grandchildren and others.

 

Congratulations to our students and faculty for putting together such a memorable chapel and to our grandparents for their encouragement and support.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Annual Gift Giving Assembly, August 30, 2012

Once again, the Annual Gift Giving campaign – Wesleyan’s only fundraise for nearly 20 years – launched with a special, school-wide assembly held in the high school gym.

 

This year’s event was decorated with a patriotic theme in honor of Corporal Garrett Carnes, the husband of one of our childcare workers and a soldier who lost both legs while on duty in Afghanistan. Since Corp. Carnes was injured last February, WCA students have bought bracelets and held bake sales to support Carnes and his wife as they go through the lengthy rehab process. During the AGG assembly, the students had their first opportunity to meet Corp. Carnes and honor him for his service to our country. Carnes shared his testimony and inspired students with his message to draw closer to God.

 

The keynote speaker for the AGG assembly was another wonderful inspiration, Craig MacFarlane, who is a talented blind athlete with numerous awards to his credit. MacFarlane encouraged the students to have the kind of pride that motivates them to do better and be better in every way.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

High School Students Come Together for Annual Retreat 

The annual High School retreat was held at the Victory Mountain Youth Camp in Sophia, NC, on Monday, August 27, with the entire High School student body attending. The retreat is a yearly event that focuses the students on Homecoming and team building. In addition to activities geared around fun and fellowship, the day included a special devotional, led this year by Mr. Jaime Cebollero.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Jamaica Missions Trip – June 2012

A team of 25 students and five adults participated in the 2012 Jamaica Missions Trip. As in years past, the team focused on service projects for the local churches as well as ministry opportunities in a girls’ home and an orphanage.

 

The Jamaica Missions Trip provides Wesleyan students with a special time for spiritual growth as they experience the needs and the lifestyles of people in a different culture. The team spends a devotional time together each day before heading out to the day’s events. Often the combination of time devoted to spiritual insight and to ministry to others results in a dramatically different life perspective for the students. They come back to a new school year with a greater appreciation of God’s blessings and renewed determination to share Christ with others. 

 

The final ministry for the Jamaica Team 2012 was to share their experiences with Middle School and High School students in chapel.  Their enthusiasm was contagious, with many of their classmates eager to sign-up for Jamaica 2013.

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Annual Missions Fair Event Held March 16

More than 20 missionaries participated in the 2012 Elementary School Missions Fair. An international processional of flags and native costumes started the day for the students and guests in the Fine Arts Auditorium. Using the theme "serve God with all your heart," Jim Baptista, a long-time missionary with Wycliffe Bible Translators and JAARS (Jungle Aviation and Radio Service), spoke to the assembly about serving as a missionary in Ecuador, Peru, and later New Guinea.

 

Throughout the rest of the day, students visited the tasting room to taste dishes from the Far East, Central and South America, and Europe. Classes also visited various missionaries to hear and see about how God is changing lives around the world from missionaries representing China, Ukraine, Columbia, Brazil, Thailand, Angola, Peru, Australia, and New Guinea. Every class had opportunity for an up-close visit with a JAARS helicopter and pilots out on the soccer field, learning how they support missionaries in remote locations.

 

At the closing assembly, students again recited the theme Bible verse, Colossians 3:12, and honored the missionaries who had come for the day. Then the entire student body went out to the soccer field to give the JAARS helicopter and team a Wesleyan send-off.

 

This day-long event with weeks of preparation by faculty, parents, and students teaches us that we are all called to serve God, in many ways and many places.

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

1,500 Shoes Given to Needy Children

In 2012, Wesleyan Christian Academy decided to partner with Samaritan’s Feet, an organization purposed to give away 10 million tennis shoes to needy children around the world, by giving away shoes to those in need in the High Point area.

 

The first part of the project was to raise money, and throughout February each $10 that came in purchased another pair of shoes and added another pair of footprints on the wall showing our progress toward the goal. By the day of the Shoes of Hope Distribution, Wesleyan families had exceeded the original goal of raising enough money to buy 1,000 pairs of shoes.

 

The Shoes of Hope Distribution was held on Saturday, March 3, in the High School Gym. Some 300 volunteers turned out to greet guests, size for shoes, give out shoes, and pray. One of the key facets of the day was the loving act of washing each guest’s feet, after the manner in which Christ washed the disciples’ feet. Guests had been invited through various ministries in the High Point area, including: Macedonia Family Resource Center, World Relief, Salvation Army, and West End Ministries. The turnout was overwhelming, with at least 1,500 children and adults coming to our campus for a pair of shoes. So many came that WCA decided to hold a second event to finish the shoe distribution. However, even more important than giving away shoes was the opportunity for students, staff, and parents to love and minister to these people in the name of Christ.

 

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Enrichment Center Staff and Students Hold Party for Boys and Girls Club

On Monday, February 13th, the Enrichment Center staff and some of the students went to the Boys and Girls Club of High Point as hosts for a Valentine’s Day party. It was a huge success! After a short devotion on God’s love by Mrs. Ratchford, the children enjoyed cookies, candy, drinks, and popcorn. The Palladium’s manager, Steve Sherwood, graciously donated the popcorn for the party, and Maggie Butterworth (8th grader) and her dad, Neil, made the beautiful and delicious suckers to place in each girl’s purse.

 

Forty-five girls at the Boys and Girls Club received a purse filled with a variety of goodies. The girls were very excited and appreciative. All of the students in the E.C. (yes, even the boys) participated in the "stuffing" of the purses.

 

The students and staff who attended the party were very interactive with the guests, and they said it was an eye-opening experience to see just how much need there is in our own community and how we can make a difference.

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Spiritual Emphasis Week for Middle School and High School Students

The week of January 16 was designated Spiritual Emphasis Week at Wesleyan Christian Academy, with three special chapel programs for the Middle School and High School students.

 

On Tuesday, January 17, Sasha Tsuterov shared his fascinating and inspiring testimony – that he had become a Christian while he was a KBG agent in Russia. Today Sasha is the president of the Evangelical Seminary in Russia, the only one in the country that remains open to train pastors and teachers.

 

Brian Burgess, a nationally known speaker to young people, shared his message with our students on Wednesday, January 18. His own story dramatically emphasized the change Christ makes in a person’s life. He encouraged the students to make their commitment to Christ, and a number of them did at the close of the chapel program.

 

Spiritual Emphasis week wrapped up with a combined Middle School/High School chapel on Thursday, January 19, for a concert by Rush of Fools. The group sang praise and worship songs, along with a number of pieces from its new CD.

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Students Present Special Chapels for Advent Season

A series of special Christmas chapel programs began with Middle School and High School advent programs on December 1st. Led by Chaplain Paul Coates and several high school student leaders, the 5th-12th grade students were encouraged to reflect on the birth of Jesus and of God’s special gift of salvation. The Elementary students also got into the Christmas spirit on December 1 with a special concert by "Senior Class," a group of senior citizens who treated the children to sweet renditions of favorite Christmas songs.

 

During the week of December 5, the Middle School and High School Fine Arts Christmas Concerts were performed as chapel programs during the school day as well as for friends and family as evening concerts. Through music that celebrates the season and our Lord, the students showcased the vocal and instrumental skills they have honed through the first half of the school year.

 

On December 13, the 1st grade classes performed "One Starry Night," an engaging dialogue between Christmas cards and birthday cards about the true meaning of Christmas. On December 15, the 3rd grade students portrayed the nativity story while the 4th grade chorus, Genesis, performed its selection of Christmas music.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Veterans Remembered

The students at Wesleyan paid a special tribute to United States veterans as part of the celebration of Veterans Day, and in return gained valuable insight into the passion and pride our veterans have for our country.

 

On Thursday, November 10, Middle and High School students combined for a special chapel program with U.S. Army veteran Bill Fenn. Mr. Fenn had served in both World War II and Korea, working specifically in military intelligence. He encouraged the students to take every opportunity to learn because, he said, God can use those things later on in life.

 

On Friday, November 11, the Elementary School students presented a patriotic celebration, inviting veterans from the community and beyond as their special guests. In preparation for the event, students honored active duty military personnel with posters lining the school hallways, and they presented certificates of appreciation to those veterans who were able to attend the Veterans Honor Day program.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Planning for 2012 Jamaica Mission Trip

Nearly 50 students have indicated an interest in participating in the mission trip to Jamaica at the end of this school year. This record level of interest is a tribute to the infectious enthusiasm of from students participating in last year’s trip.

 

As the application process begins and students make their final decision to join the team, pray that God will direct these choices and soften our students’ hearts for this special work.

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Elementary/Middle School Students Write Letters to People in Kenya

In October and November, while the students were purchasing necklaces to support Dr. Ben Omungu’s mission trip to Kibera, Kenya, many of them were also writing letters of encouragement and support to people halfway around the world. The letters were full of kindness and promises to be praying for the students in Kenya whom they may never meet. Dr. Omungu collected the letters to personally deliver them when he gets to Kibera.

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Necklaces to Support Kenya Missions

Just as we did in the 2010-11 school year, our school supported Dr. Ben Omungu’s mission trip to Kibera, Kenya, through sales of handmade necklaces. Dr. Omungu addressed the students in Elementary and Middle School chapel programs, sharing his heart for the people of Kenya. Then students from kindergarten through 12th grade purchased the necklaces, displayed in Pastor Paul’s office – the large ones for $10 and the small ones two for $10. When the final total was tallied, the students had raised nearly $2,500 dollars to give Dr. Omungu for his work in Kenya.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Elementary Students Honor Grandparents

Special events in honor of grandparents were planned during the week of September 19, culminating in a special chapel program on September 23. Kindergarten students invited their grandparents to visit the classrooms for breakfast and intergenerational fellowship, and the children prepared with special art projects and recitations in honor of their visitors.

 

The 1st through 4th grades held their program in the auditorium, which was packed with grandparents and grand-friends. Second grader Burke Clodfelter’s grandmother performed a duet on the piano with Burke, and Mrs. Phyllis Horton (who has eight grandchildren attending Wesleyan) spoke about the importance of a Christian heritage.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Creating Opportunities for Students to Grow/Give

Wesleyan Christian Academy students are challenged "To Know and Live the Truth." Chapels are planned to reinforce the theme, and students are encouraged to participate in various service projects through sports teams, grade-level projects, service and honor society clubs, and more.

 

It is our goal to create age-appropriate opportunities for students from kindergarten through the 12th grade to not only hear and embrace the gospel message, but also to apply that knowledge in their lives. Chaplain Paul Coates is working closely with principals and teachers to develop these opportunities and seek out partnerships with groups outside the school walls.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

 

Students/Staff Embark on 19th Jamaica Mission Trip

 

On June 3-13, 2011, 25 Wesleyan Christian Academy students and five adult chaperones traveled to Montego Bay, Jamaica, on a mission: to serve and minister to the Jamaican people.

 

The Lord had His hand over the team from the start of the trip when fees for shipping supply boxes and overweight bag were waived by the airline. God’s presence continued to be evident as the team ministered to the children of the Blossom Garden Orphanage, West Haven Children’s Home, and Granville Place of Safety for Girls. In addition the students completed work projects for several local churches.

 

By the conclusion of the trip, all the students agreed, "We go to serve, but God uses the people to bless and teach us far beyond our expectations." Students and chaperones alike are not the same after the life-changing experience of Jamaica Trip 2011.