When Covenant was started over twenty years ago, we wanted our students to have a way to live out their faith in a tangible, personal way. That’s what Gone Servin’ is. It reflects the very spirit and heart of who Covenant is. We know that the learning that takes place outside the classroom is just as important as the learning inside our school building. So, each spring we cancel classes for one day to go out to serve our community at over 20 local organizations, non-profits, community centers and churches. Heading into our second decade of Gone Servin’ means almost 4,000 students and staff serving over 20,000 hours with 1,200 volunteers in a wonderful place known as our community of Indianapolis.
Indianapolis is a community with some pretty amazing ministries and organizations who are making a difference. Gone Servin’ is a chance for our students to be in a sense of community while they serve alongside them. It’s an important part of building a sense of love for our neighbors.
“Gone Servin’ gives us the opportunity to show Christ’s love and fulfill what He commanded.” -Emilee (2016)
“Serving others is a vital element in the life of a Christian and Gone Servin’ provides both the ability and means to give as Christ has given to us.” -Jayce (2016)
“It’s important for us to understand that we can have an affect on problems in our community such as unemployment, people who aren’t getting enough food. It’s important to understand that at our age, we can help those people even now - that it starts now.” -Samantha (2012)
“It just helps remind us that it’s not about us or our schedule or a class that we have or the homework we have to turn in, but it’s about who we’re serving and what they want us to do.” -Emma (2012)
“Covenant has been instrumental at some pivotal times out at the Rapha property.” -Barb (Rapha Restoration Ministries)
The sense of community that comes from serving others is deepened by the fact that through this day, our students are raising scholarship dollars for each other. One in three students is able to attend Covenant through financial scholarships. Realizing that their friends may not be serving alongside them without those scholarships strengthens their commitment to each other.
Just as every student has a stake in the success of this day, you have a stake in making it happen. It is through gifts from people like you that make days like Gone Servin' and a Covenant education possible.