Bibles For Grads – H.J. Cody School student Kade Garritty holds up his Bible he received at the Bibles for Grads luncheon Wednesday.

Bibles For Grads – H.J. Cody School student Kade Garritty holds up his Bible he received at the Bibles for Grads luncheon Wednesday.

Bibles given out to graduates of 2016

The annual Bibles for Grads luncheon was held at the Sylvan Lake Community Centre recently.

The annual Bibles for Grads luncheon was held at the Sylvan Lake Community Centre recently.

The luncheon is held and celebrates youth in their graduating year by giving them their own name inscribed Bible.

This year there were 220 New Living Translation Bibles given out.

Inside the Bibles were different coupons to different local businesses that can help the graduates get what they may need for their graduation celebrations.

During the luncheon various prizes were given out to the students.

The students also enjoyed a scrumptious lunch. After filling up on lunch the Burman University acrobatics team performed several dynamic tricks for the graduates’ amusement.

In between tricks some of the performers shared their personal experiences on post secondary life, some of which included not procrastinating when it came to studying and doing assignments.

A few audience members even participated in the acrobatics.

Bibles for Grads is put on every year because the youth are at a point in their lives where they have some decisions to make.

“We love the kids in our community and they are at the time of their life where they are facing the most decisions,” said chair for the Bibles for Grads committee Sharon Nielsen.

“We would like them to maybe get some wisdom from the Bible if they so choose. We want them to have everything at their disposal to make wise decisions,” she added.

She said the luncheon goes well every year with the people in attendance really enjoying it.

The teachers who help the students attend really enjoy it as well.

Nielsen also commented on how supportive the teachers are at H.J. Cody School.

“We are so thankful for the H.J. Cody School staff because without them we couldn’t do this,” she said. “They give the kids time off from classes.”

When it comes to attending the luncheon it does not matter what specific denomination the students are a part of or have been raised in.

There were students from every denomination. All the churches from the Sylvan Lake community helped out with the event.

Nielsen said the luncheon is usually held in June and closer to the grade 12 graduation date.

But this year’s luncheon had to be moved up to accommodate the acrobatics schedule as they are finishing up their year of college earlier.

Out of everything the high school graduates had learned at the luncheon Nielsen said she hopes they learned that the community loves them.

“There is a community who loves them, that’s for them, and a God who loves them and who has good plans for them in their lives, they have a future and a hope,” she said.

reporter@sylvanlakenews.com