The FCA is a Christian club and organization that takes place in the choir room every Friday morning starting at seven. It is hosted by Jon Cushing, art teacher at HR, for the soul purpose of leading teens through their lives with Jesus Christ.
During the meetings, the club often plays games and worships, and may also send a message through a guest speaker or a student that attends the club, as well as devotionals and Bible studies. This is used to positively influence the rest of the people who attend. “We’re not perfect, we’re not without flaw, we need Christ just as much as a non-believer,” said Cushing.
When asked how he believes the FCA has impacted the rest of HR, he said, “I think that we can all encourage each other in our own walks and be an inspiration to not just the rest of the student body of the school of Highlands Ranch, but also as believers.”
Sidney Smith, junior, was questioned how she feels about the organization. She said, “FCA is great. I mean it’s cool to be able to be a part of something that glorifies God, kind of in a place that isn’t really welcomed a lot.”
Smith also said, “I became a Christian right before freshman year and I immediately got involved in FCA at school, and it just really helps to ground my faith, and it also gave me a community of Christians around me at school which is really good because that’s my support system.”
However, despite their positive influence, Christians often times get a lot of hate. When asked how the club handles that, Cushing said, “Love. We’ve had our posters vandalized that we don’t belong in a public school, and they have a right to their opinion, but we also have a right to sit there and be here and try to influence the school. There’s no reason to deal with it with anything other than like the Bible says, ‘Love thy neighbor.’”
And even when handling some hard comments from the community, Cushing said that overall the relationships that one makes in the club are the best part. “It’s the relationship with my heavenly Father, it’s the relationship with students, and it’s the relationships that have been built.”
Danielle Black, Staff Reporter