SEW is the acronym for Spiritual Emphasis Week and is the program for staffs and students where people spend more time as Christians by putting aside school work for a week. This helps the students to prioritize God and to learn more about Him and the bible. This spiritual program is mainly organized by chapels, homeroom discussions, rotational activities, and fruits of the spirit sessions.
Chapels begin with the praise songs by the praise team in the auditorium where students not just stand and watch, but get involved in clapping, jumping, singing, etc. Some songs we sang were getting involved with the praise team was a greater experience than what I usually did in my church. Singing helped me to take a better look at the lyrics, clapping kept me focused on the songs, and jumping made me feel the joy. After praising, we would be led by our guest speaker Wade, who travels around the world and shares his stories of God. Listening stories that were able to relate simplified his messages better than preach sermons in church sometimes. A confession of Christ would follow after these events which are a beautiful moment where students decide to commit their lives to God and the adults pray for these students.
Homeroom discussions always follow after the chapels. In this special time, homeroom teachers talk with his or her homeroom students about what they felt in chapel time. In most cases, teachers may just be professionals who just teach students and many students feel this way as well. However, through these discussions, I felt more connected with teachers and found more similarities between us than I thought there would be.
[Praise team praises during chapel and students gather closer
to the praise team members to get more involved.
Photo credit: Andrew Ji]
|[Upper Secondary students read out and explained bible verses
to elementary students and they had written their own explanation of it
on another paper. Photo Credit: Andrew Ji]
Gyeonggi Suwon International School
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