GVCA Christmas Chapel and Party
By Grace Valley Christian Academy on Dec 18th, 2012 12:25 PM
To celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Grace Valley Christian Academy held a Christmas chapel on Friday, December 7. Over 400 people, including Grace Valley Christian Academy families and community members, attended this joyous celebration.
Principal Sharon Broderick gave the welcome and opening prayer, followed by the singing of some traditional Christmas carols.
There were three performances by GVCA students, beginning with the kindergarten class’s very lively rendition of Campanas de Belčn (The Bells of Bethlehem). Dressed in international costumes, the fourth grade class sang Silent Night! Holy Night! in six languages, including Tagalog, Cantonese, Hawaiian, Spanish, Korean and English. Finally, the GVCA girls’ ensemble presented Fum, Fum, Fum and Tidings of Joy.
Mr. Gregory Perry, GVCC university minister, gave the Christmas address, speaking from Isaiah 9:2: "Those walking in darkness have seen a great light.” He declared that by nature all people are walking in darkness. The Christmas message is that the great light has come in Jesus Christ. We can come into the light by placing our faith in Jesus Christ alone for our salvation.
"The Christmas chapel service was such a blessing to me and my family. The spiritual food from the preaching was filling and satisfying to my soul,” an eighth grade student shared.
Following the chapel service, students and their families went to the classrooms for parties that students had been eagerly anticipating all week. Mrs. Molly Bravo, a first grade teacher shared about the students’ excitement while decorating their classroom: "As the snowflakes were being hung up, the children were exclaiming with glee, ‘Mrs. Bravo! It’s a forest of snowflakes! It’s a field of fluttery snowflakes! Our parents are going to love this!’”
It was a joyous evening, and all the classrooms were a sight to behold, filled with teachers, students and parents enjoying the time to chat and mingle while nibbling on festive treats!
Mrs. Sarah Contreras, fourth grade teacher and mother of a student summed it up perfectly, "I don’t know that there was a more joyful place to be on a Friday night! Such a clear presentation of the gospel, and then people didn’t seem to want to leave.”
To see more pictures, view the Christmas Chapel & Party 2012 photo album.