Cascade Park Baptist and Wyeast Middle School

on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 Posted in Stories, Happenings, School Partnership Network

A number of years ago, a group of committed believers got together to launch a new church in East Vancouver. Wyeast Middle School provided a central meeting place on the growing edge of East Vancouver. Cascade Baptist Church was formed and met in the school building for several years.

Then, an opportunity sprung up the growing congregation couldn't ignore: the chance to buy the property located directly across the street from the school. With faith and perseverance, the property was acquired and a permanent church building was constructed.

But that wasn't the end of the relationship between Cascade Baptist Church and Wyeast Middle School...... not by any stretch of the imagination.

A partnership between the church and the school took a variety of forms over the years. Six years ago, that partnership bumped into high gear when the church decided to provide backpacks filled with school supplies for needy students. Next, church members decided they could provide oil changes for the many single mothers who had kids in the school. Within a year, it became obvious that many of the students really needed more positive adult relationships. So, the church started an after school tutoring program and partnered with the school to offer a "Back-To-School Community BBQ with more than 800 people in attendance. Students and instructors from Clark County Skills Center were also on hand to give free back to school haircuts.

According to both the Principal of Wyeast, Caroline Garret, and youth pastor Joel Chandler of Cascade Park Baptist, there is a growing appreciation of the value of this type of long term partnership between a local church and a local school. SPN commends both the church and the school for finding ways to work together to make a difference in the lives of the students and their families at Wyeast.