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The Bible says a lot about the importance of education  in the life of God's people. Moses repeatedly reminds the Israelites to commit God's laws and teachings to memory (Deut 11:19). They were to bind these truths upon their hearts, speaking of them freely and often. King Solomon encouraged the people of God to "train up a child in the way that he should go" so that "even when he is old he will not depart from it" (Prov. 22:6). Even Jesus, in his brief sojourn among us, wanted the children to come to him (Matt. 19) and reserved harsh words of rebuke for anyone who would dare lead one of His little ones astray (Matt. 18:5-6). 

But sometimes even the Bible, that "lamp unto our feet," doesn't seem to shed enough light to make our path any more clear. As Christian parents living in the greater Hamilton area, this can be frustrating: as we seek to faithfully undertake one of the most important decisions we'll ever make--the education of our children--it can seem like we're walking into the dark.

To help shed a bit more light on this tricky topic, New City invites you to consider joining us on May 28th from 7:30 to 9:00 pm for an evening panel discussion, moderated by Doug Sikkema and including the following panelists:

  • Dawn Berkelaar, a mother from First CRC who has homeschooled her children for grades K - 8.
  • Moses Lee, a pastor at New City whose children attend their neighbourhood public school
  • Mike Vander Velde, Principal of Grace Christian School in Burlington
  • Jesse Newton, Principal of Oak Hill Academy in Ancaster 

Talking about our educational decisions can sometimes feel as tough as making them. We all want what's best for our children and can feel judged (subtly or not-so-subtly) by the choices that others make. This is unfortunate because these discussions are so important for all of us to have as a body of believers striving to be faithfully present in our homes and communities. Therefore, New City wants to help kickstart the conversation!

Won't you join us?  

There will be refreshments and coffee and a healthy time for you to ask the panelists your questions during a Q&A. Aim to arrive by 7:15. Discussion starts at 7:30. Come with questions!

Hope to see you there!

Doug Sikkema, for New City Church