Samuel School is a place for students selected by the elders of their church to discover and hone their spiritual gifts as well as their relationship with God. Samuel School II is for juniors and seniors in high school. Many of these students will be facing big choices and significant changes in the near future. Many of the attenders have perspective-altering experiences, which is very understandable and perhaps expected, at such a pivotal time in their life.
Quotes From 2015 Samuel School 2 Attendees:
“Thank you so much for sending me to Samuel School. At first I was unsure about going but I had lots of fun. The classes we had helped me learn more about God and also helped me think about my future.” – Andrew Almquist, West Chehalem Friends Church
“I loved observing the individuality in each person here…Thanks to God this world is not a dull place because of His imagination to gift us all with uniqueness.” – Jordan Bailey, Eugene Friends Church
“Over the weekend I pushed myself farther than I would have ever thought possible and I thank you for that. “ – Ashley Doser, Greenleaf
“This weekend I was reminded of the significance and importance of my life.” – Elsie McConaughey, North Valley Friends Church
“Being able to challenge myself on the ropes course helped me realize where I get my strength from.” – Sara Maddux, Silverton Friends Church
“This camp has drastically improved my view on religion and life in general.” – Mary Noland, Rosedale Friends Church
“This experience has helped me make the first couple steps, and I plan to continue walking nearer to God. Once again I thank you for getting me here.” – Evan Brittell, Rose Valley Friends Church
“I want you to know that I am very grateful for this opportunity to attend Samuel School in such a beautiful and fun location.” – Isaak Swan, Newberg Friends Church
“…this weekend has provided me with clarity of the present, past and future.” – Dillon Braley, Scotts Mills Friends Church
“The three hour solo time gave me time to think without distractions and further strengthened my relationship with Christ.” – Ethan Mason, Rose Valley Friends Church
The counselors and staff participate to help guide and shape the students by making transitions seem a little less scary and achievable. In response to the prompt “one thing I learned this weekend was…” one of the Samuel’s said, “Not knowing what to do about our future is normal.” What a huge weight to have off of their shoulders! To know that God has a plan, it may not always be clear but its present and therefore we don’t have to worry if we are unsure.
The young leaders that attend Samuel School learn so much about how to love and use their gifts, how to transition, and how to be a part of culture without being of culture. The tradition of Samuel School is truly inspirational as it is a time for gentle shaping and beautiful transformation.
– Haley Harn, NWYM 2015 summer intern