Christmas at WCGS
At Wheaton Christian Grammar School, Christmas isn't just a winter holiday! It's a joyous celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and we're not shy about proclaiming the Good News of His birth.
Our 2016 Christmas Gift chapel on December 16 was a beautiful demonstration of caring for both the spiritual and physical needs of others in locations near and far. Our twenty-six classes selected eight different projects to which they directed their gifts; these gifts were presented at the conclusion of a time of praise and worship. We so appreciate the generosity of our students and their families!
|Kindergarten||Amani Baby Cottage, Uganda|
|1st and 2nd grades||Community Outreach Center, Carol Stream|
|3rd grades||Davis Family, Uganda|
|4th grades||Kids Alive International (Dominican Republic)|
|5th grades||Badala (East Africa, Central America)|
|6th grades||World Relief Good Neighbor Kits for refugees|
|7th grades||Hesed House (Aurora)|
|8th grades||Family in Faith Christian Church, Glendale Heights|
We include a good measure of joyful traditions, from the trimming of the tree, to the Children's Christmas Sale, to a variety of field trips, festivities, and service activities throughout the month. Most importantly, we celebrate through retelling the timeless story of God's Son who came to earth as a redeemer for all people and all nations.
|Tues., Nov. 29, 7 p.m., Choral Concert - Gallery link >
|Wed., Nov. 30, Chapel for Grades 3-8. - Watch video >
|Fri., Dec. 2, Children's Christmas Sale and - Great photos >
6th-8th grade choirs perform at DuPage Convalescent Center
|Sat., Dec. 3, 2-3 p.m., Jazz Ensemble at Frosty Fest,
Town Square, Wheaton
|Tues., Dec. 6, 7 p.m., Christmas Band Concert. See recap >
|Thur., Dec. 8, 7 p.m., Christmas Orchestra Concert. See recap >
|Tues., Dec. 13, Jr. High music
groups travel to the Stratford Square Mall to perform a concert
for Christmas shoppers. Terrific photos! >
|Wed., Dec.14, Chapel for Grades K-2.|
|Fri., Dec. 16, 9 a.m. Christmas Gift Chapel.
|Dec. 19 - December 30, Christmas Break!
Several years ago we chronicled some the history of our school's annual Christmas celebration, and the emphasis on giving to others:
This is the background and the sequence of events that led the Grammar School to give up a "gift-exchange" in favor of the present "mission-oriented program" at Christmas time. The time was the 1950's. The second wing of our 530 E. Harrison campus had not yet been built. Our "auditorium" was the area that later housed the two first grades.
Mrs. Elizabeth Strachen, wife of Kenneth Strachen, who "fathered" the outreach program that spread through South America into other parts of the world, spoke to our children about the need for a Christian school in Costa Rica. She told of the abuse Christian children received in the public schools and showed pictures of an injured boy on crutches. Far from protecting them, she said, teachers encouraged and entered into the persecution.
The children unanimously voted to give up the gift-exchange that year and send the money to Costa Rica. So we had a part in the starting of the Colegio Monterrey School. For several years some of the classes continued to send money to Monterrey. Some chose to send their money elsewhere. The practice has continued through the years with many individuals and organizations all over the world receiving gifts from the various classes.
We celebrate Christmas here at WCGS by focusing on the fact that it is Jesus' birthday. Because it is HIS birthday, we should think not about the gifts for ourselves, but about gifts for Him. As each class chooses some missionary person, family or project, it is important to remember that we are giving our "birthday present" to Jesus and in HIS name.