Getting excited for Restoration’s fall retreat. Early bird discount ends on Aug 15!
Here are some thoughts from our Children’s Ministry Director, Louise Brooks, about character… Makes me sit up and pay attention!
You might say that I am a fan of character education. It’s how I spent much of my elementary school teaching career. It’s how God drew me to Himself.
While teaching in Fairfax County, I was on a leadership team to develop a character education program for our faculty, staff, students, and their families. I knew what it was to have character. I knew what it meant to do the right thing when no one was looking. I knew what my parents taught and modeled for my brother and me. It was training that went deep. And, although aligned with biblical principles, I don’t recall ever hearing it taught from a biblical perspective. Then, along came Jan.
Jan was a parent of a former student of mine. She served on the character education leadership team. We spent a lot of time together and developed a friendship. It was through that friendship that I heard the Gospel and became convinced about the saving grace of Christ.
Jan’s life – her character — was a witness to me. Our lives – our character – are a witness to others. This is important stuff! At our first ever Fall retreat October 16, 17 & 18, speaker Rod Handley, founder of “Character That Counts,” will teach us about character, integrity, and accountability from a Biblical perspective. His encouragement will equip us to be Christ’s ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20) who reflect God’s glory as we seek to know and make Christ known to others.
So come. Come hear Rod teach so that we all might grow in our faith together and spur one another on toward love and good deeds. (Hebrews 10:24)