You’re Invited To First Friday

Right now you’re squeezing every last ounce out of summer, but we’re looking forward to soon welcoming students back to school.

At Lima Christian, one of our shared values is community.

Accordingly, LCS is hosting a special “First Friday” event. “First Friday” is intended to encourage community among our students, families, faculty, and staff at the start of the academic year.

You’re invited to join us this Friday, September 9, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM for a fun-filled evening.

It’s no cost to our families. We’ll provide the music, bounce houses, gaga pit, pizza, cotton candy and snow cones. You simply show up with your family and a lawn chair or two.

We are seeking several volunteers for this event. If you would like to serve in this capacity, please email via email.

Let’s celebrate the start of another school year!

Lima Christian Names Vicky Britton School Principal

Lima, NY—The Lima Christian School Board is pleased to announce that Vicky Britton has been named as the next principal of Lima Christian School. A familiar face, Mrs. Britton had been serving as the interim principal during the 2021-22 Academic Year, but now assumes the title and responsibilities of permanent principal.

Britton earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the State University of New York at Geneseo. She is also pursuing a Graduate Certificate in School Leadership through Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA).

Principal Britton began her professional career as a speech pathologist. Her work experience took her from Norman Howard School (Rochester, NY) to serving as an ESL educator at Lima Christian and then the director of the school’s International Student Program. In 2020, Britton began serving as Vice Principal of Lima Christian. Following Principal John Reese’s 2021 departure, Britton stepped in as Interim Principal.

In many ways, it was from that moment that Principal Britton’s interview process began. Still, the nearly year-long search process resulted in thirteen candidates applying for the position. Those candidates drew from not only New York, but also other states and even internationally. Following an initial screening process, two candidates were invited to interview as finalists. Principal Britton was one of them.

“With strong recommendations from members of our faculty, as well as our families, it became abundantly clear that Vicky Britton was God’s choice for this season of the school’s ministry,” said Tony LaBarca, pastor of Crossroads Church and an LCS Board Member.

“When I started out as a basketball scorekeeper at Lima Christian, I dreamed of one day working at place like LCS, but I never imagined that I would be given the privilege of serving as the school’s principal. My husband and many members of our family are LCS alumni. I’m passionate about Christian education and humbled that the Lord would allow me to step into this role,” concluded Principal Britton.

“As an internal hire, Mrs. Britton understands the Lima Christian culture. She’ll keep the school rooted in its nearly fifty-year heritage of integrating Christian worldview into every discipline studied. While her strength in administration and heart for ministering to the mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of modern students will serve the school well,” concluded Jason J. McGuire, Chairman of the Board.

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Lima Christian School is a private, faith-based, Pre-K through 12th grade day school located where Livingston, Monroe and Ontario Counties meet in Lima, NY. LCS is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International. It provides academic excellence, a nurturing environment, and strong community to help students discover their God-given talents and prepare them for a life honoring Jesus Christ. LCS is a ministry of Crossroads Church.

Lima Christian Holds Second Annual “LCS Strong” Day

Lima, NY—Coinciding with Mental Health Awareness Month, today Lima Christian School is holding its second annual “LCS Strong” Day. Beginning at 4:00 PM this evening, members of the Lima Christian community are gathering on the school’s campus (1574 Rochester St., Lima, NY 14485) to hear from speakers emphasizing mental health awareness. Additionally, there is music, games, a food, and ice cream truck, as well as a bonfire.

Stacy Tripp, Lima Christian’s Guidance Counselor, explained, “Last May, Lima Christian School held its first annual LCS Strong Day to shed light on the important topic of mental health awareness, as well as to foster a stronger sense of community within our walls. We were still in a pandemic, and on the heels of spending a good portion of the year apart, our theme was ‘Better Together.’ This year’s theme is ‘Speak Life!’”

In 1 Thessalonians 5:11, the Bible teaches, “encourage one another and build each other up.” Accordingly, throughout the week of May 23-26, students wrote notes of encouragement to each other. They placed these notes on school lockers, desks, and classroom doors—anywhere students felt led to spread a kind word.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, “a mental illness is a condition that affects a person’s thinking, feeling, behavior, or mood.” Things like depression, anxiety, ADHD, and eating disorders are among the most recognized mental illnesses today.

  • 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year.
  • 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14.

Principal Vicky Britton says, “On the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic, like many other schools across the country, we have seen a rise in students struggling with their mental health. Our small-class size and emphasis on the whole person, allows Lima Christian to support our students in a personalized way. This led us to start this now annual tradition.”

“In a dark world, the body of Christ must come together in support of one another, speaking life into each other,” concluded Tripp.

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Lima Christian School is a private, faith-based, Pre-K through 12th grade day school located where Livingston, Monroe and Ontario Counties meet in Lima, NY. LCS is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International. It provides academic excellence, a nurturing environment, and strong community to help students discover their God-given talents and prepare them for a life honoring Jesus Christ. LCS is a ministry of Crossroads Church.

LCS emphasizes mental health awareness with LCS Strong Day

Last year, Lima Christian School implemented the first annual LCS Strong Day to shed light on mental illness, as well as to foster and grow our school community. As we were still in the midst of the pandemic last year, the first theme was “Better Together.” This year’s theme is “Speak Life!”

LCS Strong Day 2022 will be held on Thursday, May 26th, beginning at 4pm. We will have speakers and music, a bonfire, games, food available, and an ice cream truck. Our goal is to provide insight into mental illness, remember God’s love for us, and promote fellowship among the LCS community.

What is mental illness and why are we talking about it? According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, “a mental illness is a condition that affects a person’s thinking, feeling, behavior, or mood.” Things like depression, anxiety, ADHD, and eating disorders are among the most recognized mental illnesses today.

  • 1 in 6 US youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year
  • 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14

On the heels of the Covid-19 pandemic, like many other schools across the country, we have seen a rise in students struggling with mental illness. Here at LCS, we are in a unique position to be able to give attention to each and every student. Our small, tight-knit community allows us to support our students in important ways, and we love our students dearly! This is why LCS Strong Day was born.

Our goal is to have as many students participate in LCS Strong Day as possible! During the week leading up to the event, we will come together as a school and wear matching colors to show our unity! Psalm 133:1 says, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.” To promote unity, the students will be encouraged to wear the following colors:

  • Monday, May 23: Red
  • Tuesday, May 24: Yellow
  • Wednesday, May 25: Green
  • Thursday, May 26: Blue & White or LCS gear!

In classes, students will also be writing notes of encouragement and kind words on Post-It Notes to build each other up (1Thessalonians 5:11)! They will place their Post-Its on each other’s lockers, desks, and classroom doors. Our prayer is that by Thursday, May 26th, the school is covered in encouraging notes and kindness. In a dark world, the body of Christ must come together in support of one another, speaking life into each other.

We would love to have as much participation as possible! If you have any questions or would like to help out with LCS strong day, please feel free to contact school counselor Stacy Tripp. We look forward to a fun week!

Lima Christian Drama Club to Present Sherlock Holmes Whodunit

Lima, NY— Lima Christian School is pleased to present the play, Sherlock Holmes: the Baker Street Irregulars on Friday, November 19, and Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 7:00 pm. The play will take place at the Honeoye Falls-Lima high school auditorium in Honeoye Falls, NY.

Adapted by Eric Coble, Sherlock Holmes: the Baker Street Irregulars is a play based on a series of graphic novels by Tony Lee and Dan Boultwood. In the show, Sherlock Holmes has gone missing, and crime floods the streets of London. Enter the Baker Street Irregulars, a group of street children hired occasionally by Sherlock to assist with cases. The group bands together not only to prove that Sherlock is still alive, but also to find the mayor’s missing daughter, untangle a murder mystery from their own past, and face the masked criminal mastermind behind it all—a bandit who just may be the brilliant but evil Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes’ archnemesis.

The group of street children that Sherlock Holmes himself termed “the Baker Street irregulars” appear in two of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s books, A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of the Four. Led by a boy named Wiggins, the children collect information that Holmes himself cannot. The name “Baker Street Irregulars” was also used by a Holmes literary society founded in 1934 by journalist Christopher Morley. In addition, the group has been the focus of various televisions shows, films, radio dramas, video games, board games, graphic novels, and stage plays such as the one Lima Christian School is producing.

“As theatre comes back from the Covid-19 pandemic, we wanted to produce a show that would appeal to young and older audiences,” explained director Bethany Warsaw. “This play has everything – iconic characters, mysteries, fight scenes on top of a train, even a little bit of romance. It’s a wonderful way to escape real life for a little while.”

The students and directors at Lima Christian School have been working hard to continue to create theatre despite the Covid-19 pandemic. The Baker Street Irregulars marks Lima Christian School’s third play since Covid canceled their planned production of Mary Poppins in March of 2020. In December 2020 they live-streamed a production of Barbara Robinson’s famous children’s book The Best Christmas Pageant Ever for a virtual audience. In May 2021 they performed Pat Cook’s Barbecuing Hamlet, a farce about a community theatre group, for a socially distanced live audience. The students are thrilled to join together again for this production despite the Covid precautions.

“There’s nothing like live theatre,” said Warsaw. “This past year we’ve discovered that you can watch theatrical productions online, but there’s nothing that compares to sitting in a dark theatre and experiencing a story with other people. I think we need the arts more now than ever to help us connect with each other, to share stories and experiences, especially as we begin to move past the pandemic and start focusing on healing and recovery.”

Masks will be required at the performances, regardless of vaccination status. Some rows of the auditorium will be sectioned off for guests wishing to maintain additional social distance.

For more information, call Lima Christian School at (585) 624-3841 or email Interim Principal Vicky Britton at vbritton@limachristian.org. Tickets are available at the school office, at the door, or online at www.seatyourself.biz/limachristian.

Save the Date for the Auction

It has not been easy, but together we have kept our doors open to in-person instruction throughout the pandemic. We are so happy that Lima Christian continues to provide  a place for students that is academically, mentally, socially, and spiritually better than many of their counterparts in public schools today. We give God the glory for all that has been accomplished during this period in our school’s history and we are excited about the plans the Lord has for LCS!

We would like to invite you to join us for our live and silent benefit auction at Lima Christian School on Saturday, November 6, at 5:30 p.m. Childcare for children under 12 will be offered when the silent auction closes at 6:45 p.m. so everyone can attend the live auction at 7:15 p.m

For those who may be new to our school, the auction is our school’s largest fundraiser of the year. It’s also a terrific time of community as we come together to meet the school’s financial needs. This year’s event will support two of our priorities—keeping tuition affordable and increasing teacher salaries. You may recall that for the 2021-22 Academic Year, the Board instituted a tuition freeze to help our families during a challenging economic time. However, you may not be aware that we were also able to offer a much-needed salary increase to our faculty and staff. Do you know what? God honored our efforts to remember our families and our faculty by bringing 50 new students to Lima Christian this year!

Your support of our annual auction helps keep our tuition increases minimal. To be blunt, the better auction we have now, the less of a tuition increase we face next year. The participation of school families is key to the success of this fundraising event. There are four key ways your can help assure a successful event.

Donate An Item
The Board is requesting that each of our families donate one new item for the silent or live auction. Alternatively, families could make a monetary donation that will be used to purchase auction items. Please return this acquisition form with your item to the school office by Friday, October 29.

Examples of popular items needed for the auctions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Current tech items (Bluetooth or smart speakers, video games, earbuds, etc.)
  • Small kitchen appliances (expresso machine, panini maker, air fryer, etc.)
  • Time at personal vacation homes
  • Sports or movie tickets
  • Handmade items
  • Legos
  • Gift cards or certificates (local attractions, dining, and entertainment, etc.)
  • Baked goods

Spread The Word

Invite friends and family to the auction—and spread the word on social media and in your other circles of influence. A Facebook event has been created for the auction on the school’s Facebook page.

Serve As A Volunteer
Third, we will be looking for volunteers. If you are interested in helping collect items, set up, tear down, or in some other auction-related capacity, please simply email our School Board chair indicating your interest. A volunteer coordinator will follow up and get you plugged in.

Become A Sponsor
Finally, you can be an auction sponsor or distribute this letter to someone who might be interested in helping sponsor the event. Supporting the auction provides a powerful way for you to express your support for the students and faculty of Lima Christian School and the importance of Christian education. A sponsorship form is available here.

Thank you for your consideration. Please feel free to mail or drop off donations directly to the school, or we can also arrange for a donated item to be picked up at your convenience. If you have any questions about the annual benefit auction, please do not hesitate to contact our School Board at Board@LimaChristian.org.

Thank you for praying and working toward a prosperous event! We look forward to seeing you there.