Seventh-day Adventists accept the Bible as their only creed and hold certain fundamental beliefs to be the teaching of the Holy Scriptures.
There are many opportunities for students to develop their personal relationship with God throughout the week by reading of the Bible, meditation, and prayer. As a school family we attend a spiritual assembly on Wednesday mornings in our chapel. KC students take turns coordinating and participating in the event through worship in music, prayer, and various dramatic presentations.
We begin our Sabbath at sundown on Friday evening with vespers, followed by Sabbath School on Saturday morning, mostly planned and led by student leaders and/or other small groups. Then, we join our church family at the College Park SDA Church just a short walk down the street. Many of our students participate in these corporate worship experiences, as well, either individually or through participation of the Band, Choir, or Praise Teams.
Members of the Kingsway staff, along with College Park Church families, also participate in the “Friend in touch” program, where families pray for, encourage with little notes, and anonymously send small care packages to their “adopted” kids to let them know they have a second family who cares about them. Church members also bake cookies for dorm students, and celebrate birthdays with homemade cakes.
Small Group Ministries
Students are able to join or create small groups at the beginning of the year and are involved with worship services on campus and in the local community. Some are in Praise Teams, others are part of Seminar Bands that travel to churches throughout Ontario and provide church service programming (sermons, children’s stories, scripture and prayer, etc.).
Community Outreach Days
In keeping with our school motto, "Service Not Fame", Kingsway offers numerous experiences to demonstrate Christianity and service in our community. Each semester the entire school spends the day in community outreach activities which may range from city beautification projects, volunteering at service agencies (MADD, Habitat for Humanity, the local Food Bank, and Community Service Centers ), to serving senior citizens’ needs with yard clean-up and household projects.
Kingsway students have the opportunity to participate in many service projects, including mission trips outside Canada. We recently traveled to Tezapaco, Mexico on two building projects (2007 and 2009). Students are able to “practice what we preach” during these intense trips which usually include much more than constructing buildings. We offered Vacation Bible School experiences for the local children while there, and also conducted evangelistic meetings in the evenings, as well as the church service on Sabbath. It is a life-changing experience for all who are involved!
Week of Prayer
Twice a year one entire week of school is dedicated to conducting a Week of Prayer. During the fall semester we usually have a guest speaker who spends all week on campus ministering to students and sharing a particular theme or topic. Then, during spring semester, our own grade 12 students plan and conduct the week’s sermons, using ideas and topics conceived during their religion classes, then developed and nurtured with help from their teacher, our campus chaplain.
Through our Camus Ministries Department, our campus chaplain also conducts Bible study classes for students interested in learning more about God. It is no accident that our goal at Kingsway is to be “closer together, closer to God.”