Christian Ministry Service
“If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”
John 13: 14-15
The Christian Ministry Program at BCHS exists because we are called to service by the explicit words and actions of Jesus. This call is lived out in an awareness of, sensitivity to, and a motivational response toward the needs of the less fortunate, the community, and the church.
A caring response toward those who are hurting, exploited and suffering as well as responding to the needs of the community, is essential to a deepening relationship with Jesus. Therefore, developing social conscience, and a motivation to serve others is a primary consideration of adolescent religious formation.
BCHS is a faith filled community, a place where each student is encouraged, for the present and the future, to develop an understanding of the needs of the community and to recognize his or her role in building the Body of Christ. The Christian Ministry Program will help nurture a student’s discernment of this role, and enhance respect for all life.
Christian Service Requirement
0.25 Academic credits is awarded each academic school year for completing and reporting 20 hours of service. Christian Service hours completed during the summer are reported upon returning to school, and will count towards the upcoming year’s requirement. Students will earn 1.0 credit after completing their Christian Service Ministry hours which are performed throughout their High School career. These hours are a requirement of graduation at Bourgade Catholic School.
At the completion of each academic year, a grade will be earned. The grade will be pass/fail based on meeting and reporting the 20 hours of verifiable service throughout the year using the campus reporting system in place. Students who do not meet the service hour requirement earn a failing grade and will be placed on an Academic Christian Service Contract thus becoming ineligible for sports and extra-curricular activities until the hours are completed, verified and reported to the Assistant Principal of Academics.
During the 2017/2018 school year students who have not met their Christian Service Ministry hours upon their return to school, will be given one opportunity to reconcile their Christian Service hours to the required hours stated below:
Required hours: 20 hours for current sophomores, 40 hours for current juniors, and 60 hours for current seniors
Theology teachers have a copy of the official record, if a student needs to know their recorded hours for reconciliation hours reporting.
Following this one time opportunity to report and reconcile hours:
Beginning with the 2018/2019 school year: All returning students must have reported 20 hours of Christian service the previous academic year to begin the school year eligible for sports and extra-curricular activities. Students who ended the previous school year in a failing status, will be placed on an Academic Christian Service Contract becoming ineligible for sports and extra-curricular activities until the hours are completed, verified and reported to the Assistant Principal of Academics.