Retreat Grade 7
One of the annual activities held for 7th graders at Dian Harapan School is Retreat. Taking "True Colors" as the theme, this year's Retreat is specifically intended to enable participants to know their identity in Christ as creations that are created in the likeness and image of God, the Creator. The Bible verse of the theme is taken from Philippians 3: 13-14, "Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."
In August, 29 - 31, all 7th graders totaling 107 students and accompanied by 8 teachers attended the Retreat. The event that was held for three days and two nights at Kesusteran House of Retreat, Malino, went well. Started with briefing from teachers as the committee and also from the principle, all participants and teachers then proceeded to go to Malino. Arriving at Kesusteran, the students welcomed the series of events with enthusiasm. The first day began with a session with the theme "God Created Me." In this session, students learned about their identity as creations that are created in the likeness and image of God, the Creator. This session focused on the fact that human beings had the nature and characteristics of God, which meant humans being were unique and creative. Therefore, the next activity gave students the opportunity to show their talents in a talent show performance. Students enthusiastically and confidently presented a performance in groups. On the second day, the students had three consecutive sessions. The second session had "I am Fallen" as the theme. This session discussed on how sin began to corrupt the identity of human beings as God's creations. The students then proceeded to the third session with the theme "Redemption" which allowed them to understand that the damage caused by sin did not prevent God from revealing His grace in Christ's redemptive work on the cross. Students also understood that it was by the work of Christ they truly belong to God (Truly Yours). In this third session, the speaker gave space for the students to ask questions. Unexpectedly, many students enthusiastically asked about salvation. In the fourth session, students learned to become new creatures and show their "colors" according to their retreat theme, "True Colors." At the end of the fourth session, students were asked to write down the habits of sin that they wanted to forsake on a piece of paper, then the paper would be burnt together at the next activity, which was bonfire. The last day was begun with morning devotion that challenged students to forsake their old "colors" and live in their new "colors". After being closed in a prayer of commitment, students took part in outbound activities in a pine forest. The retreat was closed with the announcement of the winning groups, both for the talent show and for outbound, and then everyone prayed together. Through these series of events during the retreat, students were expected to truly experience the spiritual growth that would transform their lives to be more like Christ (Graduate Profile No. 1) and eventually reflected through their loving and respectful relationships with all people as God’s image bearers (Graduate Profile No. 2).