I’m excited that our student woodworkers are…

  • Learning the basic skills to design and create clocks (middle school).
  • Crafting a variety of projects including a puzzle or sign (high school, Woodshop 1).
  • Applying all basic skills of running a small contracting business (high school, Woodshop 2).
I’m also excited that OCSI teaches woodshop from the perspective of the Bible’s overarching story of creation-fall-redemption-restoration:
  • Creation (What’s God’s purpose?): God created a beautiful, functional world. As God’s image bearers, we have the ability and responsibility to further develop the potential of creation by creating beautiful, useful things. We do this with gratitude to God for His good gifts and in service to our neighbors.
  • Fall (What’s wrong?): Because of sin, we overvalue or undervalue the work of our hands.
  • Redemption (What difference does Jesus make?): Jesus affirmed the dignity of work by learning the trade of carpentry. Because Jesus died and rose again to free us from the power of sin, we can use our skills as God intended—to humbly, diligently, gratefully, joyfully develop the potential of God’s creation and serve our neighbors.
  • Restoration (What will you do?): The Woodshop Department equips students to walk with God and impact the world for Him. To do this, we equip students with the knowledge and skills to repair and create beautiful, useful things, and to serve God and their neighbors in their work.
2017-01-18 Woodshop B
A middle school student shows the clock she made.
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Kim Essenburg, curriculum coordinator
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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