LOGOS is a word for “Word.” It is Greek. It is found in the New Testament. It is featured in John’s Gospel in the first chapter, the first verse: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” In the beginning was the LOGOS. LOGOS is the original word in the original version of John’s Gospel.
In John 1:14 the Logos continues: “the LOGOS became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.” The LOGOS is Jesus.
LOGOS is also the program that was started at Knox Waterloo back in 1993.
- We wanted to do more than Sunday-School to share the stories of our life giving gospel.
- More than 40 minutes a week.
- More than a weekend addition to our worship service.
- More than the bare minimum.
- More to share the values we know to be lasting and life-long.
And so we began. It took a year of preparation. Every group in the church was consulted. The session approved and participated in this program of sharing our core beliefs that church is the place to learn about life and the values that make our lives filled with love and meaning. Elizabeth Denbeigh was our first LOGOS director. She was an excellent guide as we began an adventure of investing our resources in nurturing youth and children in life and faith.
We started with a flourish. Each Sunday we told stories of what happened on Thursday evening between 4:30 and 7:30.
- Bible Time: where each grade group encounters caring teachers who use a thoughtful curriculum to give some of the content of our faith.
- Worship Skills: where each large group, (grades 1-3, 4-6, Junior High, and Senior High) prepared and practiced something to share in the Sunday Worship service.
- Family Time: we share a meal together in one room. There are tablecloths on every table, real cutlery and real plates, glasses and a wonderful theme related centre piece on each table. Each table had a server and a scraper. And the food! We had delicious food prepared in the church kitchen with love and skill. Each term there was a feast, with turkey, mashed potatoes, vegetables, with dressing and a wonderful desert. We had table parents who stayed with each table community for the year. We learned to love one another.
- Play-Time: (This is sometimes called Recreation time.) LOGOS told us that this was to be the engine that would bring all of the other areas together. There is magic when we play together. There is laughter. There is joy. There are relationships that grow.
LOGOS is celebrating our 25th year this year. Larger and more active now, than ever before. We are blessed! You make this happen. Many people at Knox Waterloo are not familiar with LOGOS. But you see it and hear it with the Tone-Chimes, and the Children’s songs, and the worship-leading and in so many other ways.
LOGOS = Jesus. I am grateful to God for 25 wonderful years of touching lives with LOGOS.