WCS 2nd Graders Build A Bear at Cook Children’s

Brendon Hughes, Tennessee Mize, Blake D'Spain

Brendon Hughes, Tennessee Mize, Blake D’Spain

The Weatherford Christian School second graders traveled to Cook Children’s Hospital on Wednesday, December 17th to take part in their annual service project of “Build A Bear” for the patients being treated by the Fort Worth hospital. Each year, the students at the local non-denominational Christian school choose a mission project they would like to participate in, and this project is just one of over 25 that the local school works with to make a difference for others.

 

Students are given the opportunity to build the bear or animal of their choice, at the in-house Build A Bear Workshop located at Cook Children’s, by stuffing them and dressing them with the apparel that they have researched and chosen. Additionally, the children must raise money in order to pay for their bear, so the planning starts weeks ahead and students create a work log in order to create chores or jobs that they can do to raise money for their project. This year, the class even collected pecans from their campus and sold them at the local farmer’s market, which raised $18.00. The minimum bear cost $10.00 but clothing and accessories are additional, so students typically aim to raise between $20.00 and $30.00 to make their bear extra special for the children.

 

Once their bear is created at the hospital, they then pray over them and the bear is then given to sick children at the hospital in order to comfort them during their stay. The field trip has also become an educational experience for the student’s parents who attend. While the kids are busy creating their bears, the parents are given a tour of Cook Children’s Hospital and educated on how the state of the art facility runs and operates on a daily basis. WCS is proud to partner with Cook Children’s Hospital and looks forward to this service project each year.

WCS Announces 2015 Lions’ Gala Speaker – Lt. General Jerry Boykin

Weatherford Christian School is pleased and honored to announce that Lt. General Jerry Boykin will be our keynote speaker for the 2015 Lions’ Gala – “Faith, Family & Freedom” on March 21st at North Side Baptist Church.  Lt. General BoykinLTG (Ret) William G. “Jerry” Boykin was one of the original members of the US Army’s Delta Force. He was privileged to ultimately command these elite warriors in combat operations. Later, Jerry Boykin commanded all the Army’s Green Berets as well as the Special Warfare Center and School.
In his thirty-six years in the army, LTG Boykin also served a tour with the CIA. He has participated in clandestine operations around the world and served his last four years in the Army as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. Today he is an ordained minister with a passion for spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ and encouraging Christians to become Warriors in God’s Kingdom.  Since June of 2012, Jerry has been serving as the Executive Vice President of the Washington DC based Family Research Council. He is also occupies the Wheat Chair for Leadership Studies at Hampden Sydney College in Virginia.
Jerry & wife Ashley, enjoy spending time with their 5 children and growing number of Grandchildren.

What Happens When You Sneeze in a Weatherford Coffee Shop?

Written by Brandi Addison – Parker County Daily Post

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(PCDP) Left to right Paige Hunn, Hannah Floyd, Keighley Parsons, and Savanna Thomas. Photo by Stephen Burch

(PCDP) 11/12/2014

On November 11, four girls walked into Starbucks, getting a well-deserved cappuccino after spending an entire day at school.

Paige Hunn was still wearing her backpack; Hannah Floyd was wearing a Weatherford Christian tee and her letter jacket; Keighley Parsons was wearing her pleated skirt—from her uniform—and her letter jacket; Savanna Thomas was wearing that same pleated skirt and her letter jacket.

After receiving their drinks, the four girls stood around to chat amongst each other. Suddenly, to interrupt their conversation, was an abrupt sneeze that carried sound across the coffee shop. Floyd stopped in the middle of her conversation and turned her head, only to respond with “God bless you.”

A man sitting nearby took that particular phrase into recognition greatly and complimented her for the openness she encompasses in her use of the word “God.”

He said to her “I especially appreciate the first word you used before ‘bless you.’ It’s not too often, you hear that anymore,” which Floyd responded with “Well, it’s a lost word in our generation. So, I try to keep saying it.”

As she received that acknowledgment from him, her friends—with wide eyes and unspeaking lips—looked around and seemed surprised to see that she received such recognition for something so small.

The man then noticed the astonishment on their faces and jokingly said “your friends are thinking to themselves ‘Come on. Stop being a Jesus freak around us,’” and they all laughed, until Keighley nodded her head down to her binders and said “Actually, I’m carrying my Bible with me right now.”

The conversation continued and Burch joked again and said “I used to carry mine with me everywhere too. Then I finally started reading it.” The girls laughed again and Floyd said “It makes it that much better then, doesn’t it?”

All at the same time, the four girls said, “We actually go to Weatherford Christian,” and Floyd giggled and continued, “So we all definitely love Jesus!”

Floyd said it makes her upset when she realizes how lost the teachings of God has become; however, she is very eager to go out and teach the word even more. When asked later if she hopes by her use of the phrase “God bless you,” others will catch onto it and it will trend again, she responded with “Of course! I think it’s super important that God be recognized. Our nation was founded on religion—we need to uphold that in our generation!”

Being a part of the exact same generation these four girls are from, it makes me smile to think that the teachings of God aren’t lost completely. But, also, at the same time, it makes me sad that He is so seldom spoken of, that one should be commended when using his name.

As these four girls definitely do deserve the acknowledgment they received for being bold in their faith—in such a secular world we are now living in—God’s name shouldn’t be used so scarcely used.

“I am confident in my faith and want everyone to know my savior like I do,” Floyd said, she then continued for all of them, “It means so much that God is a part of our daily lives and for that to be recognized just makes us so happy!”

Thinking back to their free-spirits and great attitudes, we need more people in this world to be as bold and as faithful as Hannah, Keighley, Paige, and Savanna, in order we can bring back the words “God” and “Christ” into our everyday language.

Even the small steps you take in exposing your faith—such as saying “God bless you” or carrying around your Bible or even wearing your Christian school’s uniform—do not go unnoticed and can certainly affect believers and non-believers. And who knows? It can even have the potential of leading someone to Christ as their Savior.