Prairie Chapel/Campus Life Events (2017-2018)
Purpose of Chapel/Campus Life Events
Prairie’s Sole Purpose is to be, and invite others to be, lovers of God…who make disciples, who influence culture, and who build His kingdom. Chapel is an intentionally carved out sacred space within our busy lives for worship, developing relationship with God and prioritizing seeking His kingdom as a whole community.
Mission of Chapel/Campus Life Events
The mission of the chapel/campus life events is to glorify God through corporate worship. The mission of chapel contributes directly to the mission of Prairie in the following specific ways:
- Worship – It is a sincere response of the Prairie community to God’s gracious invitation through glorifying Him. It is a tangible reflection of the reality that Christ is the life-transforming centre of and reason for our learning community. It is our declaration and practice to seek God and His kingdom first. It is our surrendered acknowledging of our desire for and dependence on Him.
- Community – It is the place of gathering with God and with one another in the Prairie community. It is dedication to authentic community of loving one another with sincerity, where our diversity is expressed in a wonderful unity through our common relationship with the Triune God. It provides opportunity for events that contribute to the building of Christ centered community.
- Instruction – The Bible is the God-breathed Truth through which He nourishes our community. We are privileged to listen together, willingly obey it and willingly submit our lives, community and program to its authority.
- Discipleship – Worship is an experience of transformational change in which God changes believers into the image of Jesus. As a faith community we engage God and one another within chapel to be discipled as followers of Jesus.
- Spiritual Discipline – It is a soul exercise to grow in faith and develop love, fear, and desire for God. The practice provides room for God to work in our lives even on the days we don’t “feel” like participating.
- Integrity – Chapel participation is one aspect of the commitment we have made in the Community Covenant by choosing to become part of the Prairie community. Actual participation is thus learning to walk in integrity of that commitment.
- Leadership Development – All of these principles – worship, community, instruction, discipleship, spiritual discipline and integrity – are important components of shaping our lives as preparation to influence others in life and ministry.
Student Chapel Responsibility
Because of the importance of chapel participation to the educational process, “students have a responsibility to participate in intentionally designed spiritual formation practices at Prairie, including daily chapels” (As stated in the Community Covenant). Although chapel contributes something different from classes to the formation of students, both chapel and classes are equally important to the holistic process of student development. In the Winter 2018 Term 1 students are required to participate in 14 chapels. In Winter 2018 Term 2 students are required to participate in 8 chapels. Students are encouraged to self-monitor their faithfulness. In addition, the College has a monitoring system for attendance.
Thursday: The Way
Focus: Developing holy habits that shape our lives to love God and follow Jesus faithfully.
Friday: Greatest Needs
Focus: Joining God in mission to address the world’s greatest needs.
Beginning your second year you may substitute the above chapels with either:
- Wednesday Night Worship and/or
- If you are 22 years or older, you may apply for an approved regular weekly Christian ministry commitment (e.g. teaching Sunday school or volunteering at a youth group). You will need to work with your respective Director of Student Development and a ministry supervisor to develop appropriate accountability.
You must sign in your record of attendance before 10:00am on the sheet provided at the chapel venue. Each student is accountable for faithful participation to his/her Director of Student Development (single men, single women, families).
Aviation students – are responsible to attend Community chapel on campus but other aviation related chapels are scheduled at the airport.
As stated in the Community Covenant, students have a responsibility to participate in intentionally designed spiritual formation practices at Prairie, including all campus life events. Students are not allowed absences without penalty from these events.
Campus Life Events include:
- Convocation Chapel August 31, 2017)
- Student Development Assembly (September 7, 2017)
- Service Assembly (September 8, 2017)
- Christian Life Week (September 19-21, 2017)
- Campus Safety and Awareness Assembly (October 13, 2017)
- Academic Program Assembly (November 3, 2017)
- Graduation Assembly (November 6, 2017)
- Holy Sexuality (November 9, 2017)
- LGB Issues and the Christian Campus (November 10, 2017)
- Day of Prayer (November 15, 2017)
- Student Development Assembly (December 14, 2017)
- Camp Days (January 11-12, 2018)
- Student Development Assembly (January 18, 2018)
- Day of Prayer (January 31, 2018)
- Graduation Preparation Assembly (March 8, 2018)
- First Year Retention Assembly (March 9, 2018)
- Global Connections Conference (March 14-15, 2018)
- Academic Program Assemblies (March 19, 2018)
- Student Union Election (March 22, 2018)
- Survey Assembly (April 6, 2018)
- Staff Recognition Assemblies (April 19, 2018)
- Student Development Assemblies (April 20, 2018)
- Student Recognition Assemblies (April 23, 2018)
Campus Life Events Monitoring and Accountability – You must sign in your record of attendance prior to the event on the sheets provided at the Campus Life Event venue.
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