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Educators have embraced the new frontier of hybrid instruction and have adapted their classrooms in a way that would never have been conceived prior to the pandemic shutdown.
It is not uncommon to find church leaders struggling to find ways to go beyond the premises of the church to minister. In the Potomac Conference, however, pastors, principals, teachers and office workers are being challenged to do just that—to extend themselves “Beyond the Walls.”
With the increasing challenges of COVID-19, emotional health and technology addictions facing education today, Manassas Adventist Preparatory School (MAPS) in Virginia has sought a creative answer to these struggles by incorporating outdoor education into its classes.
Anita Garcia Mercado lived in the Philippines and was raised a Roman Catholic. She served God in many ways there, ministering to others in their homes, in hospitals and in prisons
The Potomac Conference’s Hispanic Ministries Department recently held its annual evangelistic campaign called “Caravan of Hope.” Every night for more than a week, the caravan made stops at different churches, bringing a message of hope to hundreds of families as they battled COVID-19, unemployment and turbulent family relationships.
Recently, the Shenandoah Valley Academy (SVA) campus family gathered in the church for a vespers—not just any vespers, however. This was the Reach Our Kids (ROK) program.
In an effort to go “beyond the walls”—the conference’s new initiative—administrators recently met with Staunton, Va., city officials. “[Our] office has been in the community over the past 50 years, but many people don’t know who we are or what we do,” explains Charles A. Tapp, president.
On Sabbath, September 11, 2021—the 20th anniversary of 9/11—volunteers from Potomac Conference's Takoma Park (Md.) church led an effort to extend help to a neighbor in need.
At Shenandoah Valley Academy, students build positive relationships with Christian mentors who truly care about them—a rare and valuable experience.
Story by Debra Anderson
The Fredericksburg (Va.) church is located just a few miles from Marine Corps Base Quantico. The base’s proximity to the church makes it convenient for active-duty personnel to worship there on Sabbaths.