UMEI CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL Service
UMEI Christian High School has always had the mission to make young people “doers of the Word and not hearers only.” One way we live out this mission is through the Faith in Action club. This club focuses on teaching students to live out their faith through service and action, and in so doing, act as inspiration for others to do the same. It encourages volunteerism in youth, with the premise that this will foster responsible, giving adults who live by their Christian faith. At this point, the club focuses on local poverty and homelessness in Essex County. One goal is to create awareness that these problems do exist in our communities through educational activities and presentations. The second goal is to serve the community, which the club does in various ways. The most active programs are a weekly homework club for latch-key children (in conjunction with Leamington United Mennonite Church), and serving monthly at the community meals at St. John’s Anglican Church (in conjunction with the North Leamington United Mennonite Church). The club received a very generous boost through a $10,000 grant from Mennonite Savings and Credit Union which has allowed the club to blossom and not be limited by fundraising. The grant has been, and continues to be, put to good use. The club’s ongoing goal is to explore how to best serve the Lord and His people, and we encourage the community to do the same.
UMEI’s commitment to outreach service is also achieved when twice a year our student body goes out into the local community to volunteer at various businesses and agencies. These volunteer hours do not go toward the students’ mandatory 40 hours, but are simply seen as a way for UMEI to give back to our community.