Spiritual Emphasis Week (SEW) is an annual event that challenges students to make God their most vital source of life. Each year, Calvary is blessed to see a number of its students come to know Christ personally or make renewed commitments to follow Him faithfully.
SEW is transformative for every part of Calvary Day School. From the themed decorations on campus to the altered schedule of classes for daily small group time, the week emphatically reinforces the value that the most important aspect of a Calvary Day School education is a worldview that is decidedly Christian.
To prepare spiritual ground for sowing every day, parent volunteers sit at each door to the chapel during SEW praying for the students inside. A chapel service during SEW may start out with a skit reinforcing the week’s theme, a student testimonial, or a video message from a world-traveling missionary. Calvary brings in major Christian artists such as Echoing Angels, Abandon, and Rush of Fools to lead worship and challenge students to find joy in their expression of Jesus’ love. This fun, dynamic atmosphere each day is only the beginning of the blessings students will reap during the week.
The core of each service is the message. A special guest speaker is prayerfully selected to minister to students over the course of the entire week. This allows the speaker to form a relationship with the school and its students, which makes God’s Word have a greater impact. The chapel services throughout SEW build upon each other, enabling students to delve deeper into the heart of Christ.
Every student is part of a small group during SEW, and many of the small groups formed during the week continue throughout the remainder of the year. Lasting relationships are built as parents and Youth Pastors from the community lead the small groups.
SEW incorporates mission work through additional opportunities to physically and financially serve in the community and worldwide through volunteer hours and love offerings. By embracing service, a renewed thirst for Christ is celebrated.
SEW is not a mere once-a-year phenomenon; it is a refueling point that focuses the whole person — mind, body, and spirit — on Christ.