Dear parents and friends of St Timothy's,
It is with some sober reflection that we are approaching Easter this year, marking just over a year of this global pandemic with its far-reaching effects. Within this, it is with a deep gratitude that I am writing to you.
This gratitude is firstly for your faithful support over this past challenging year, both financially, with donations covering many of the increased costs that we have faced, as well as through your prayer support and encouragement.
It has been a privilege to see how our faithful Lord has provided for us in so many ways, not only with the use of the "Myers Building" next door to All Saints, but also by keeping our community safe and healthy. He has enabled our dedicated staff to persevere in difficult circumstances to inspire and equip each child, in partnership with their parents, churches, and grandparents; to gently train them to be wise - having a proper fear and love of God and man, and encourage godly habits (virtues) in them.
It is our aim as a school to not just impart knowledge, but to inspire a real love of God, of our neighbour, along with a love of learning. How is this achieved? How are our hearts touched? The eighteenth century preacher Jonathan Edwards discussed this in detail in The Religious Affections. He wrote of how God through His word, with His Spirit moves our hearts, or affects, just these things, as we humbly, contritely, prayerfully come to Him. The idea of how to train the affections or loves in students in a school setting has been expanded further in the article below by Peter Vande Brake, whose prayerful mentorship I have been very grateful for over the last few years.
Please pray with me this Easter, that our Risen Lord would move each of our hearts to deeply know, love, and praise Him who died for us.
For His Glory,