If you walk into Grace Presbyterian Church on a weekday morning, you will find a handful of students in their late teens (some who live in apartments above the sanctuary) furiously taking notes at long tables in the fellowship hall. They face a smart board, and there will likely be a pastor standing in front of it, lecturing. What is going on? Gillespie Academy is in session.
The academy is a one year, post-secondary programme of study “designed to prepare students for university, future employment, or the building of a Christian home”. Typically, students attend in the year after high school in order to build and buttress a solid intellectual and spiritual framework that many Christian young people lack when heading to university or a secular workplace. Continue reading