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Friday Night Dinners

Author: Hyabiel Daniel  | Student, Living Education – Charlotte, 2023-24


An LE Friday Tradition

In the majority of places, Fridays are just the end of the week. At Living Education, however, Fridays bring forth a unique tradition that brings students, lecturers and members together. The shared meals to kick off the sabbath are not only a time for bonding but also a hands-on lesson in practical skills for the future

Every Friday the responsibility of preparing the shared meal falls on the female students. This serves as a practical training ground, giving them valuable leadership experience in showing hospitality in the home. 

In the first semester, the second-year girls take on the role of hostesses, setting an example for their first-year girls. These hostesses not only showcase their experience but also guide the first-year students in the art of preparing a well-balanced meal, all within a reasonable budget.

The emphasis on creativity shines as the girls make everything from scratch. This not only allows them to experiment but also fosters the development of new skills. From making unique dishes to mastering the basics, each shared meal becomes a canvas for creativity. One male student takes on the responsibility of a host. His duties include extending invitations, welcoming the guests, as well as supporting the hostess with setup and cleanup. 

This semester, the spotlight is on the first-year girls, with Lexi Mitchell leading the way as the first hostess. The rotation system ensures that each student gets a chance to showcase their talents and hospitality.

Beyond the delightful tastes, the Friday Night Dinners instil valuable skills, creativity, and a strong sense of responsibility among the students.


Hyabiel Daniel is a first year Living Education Student. She is from London, United Kingdom, and typically attends the Seven Oaks Congregation. She enjoys studying social sciences and also loves spending time reading books, baking and spending time with loved ones.

Back to the Books

Author: Hyabiel Daniel  | Student, Living Education – Charlotte, 2023-24


As the winter break draws to a close, the halls of HQ are once again bustling with the energy of students returning to their classrooms. After a week of late mornings, and cosy moments spent with family and friends, it’s time for the familiar routine of textbooks, assignments, and the hum of classroom discussions. Excitement and chatter fill the air as friends reconnect, sharing stories of what they have been up to. Lecturers welcome their students with warm smiles, ready to embark on a new semester of learning and growth. The classrooms, once quiet and empty, are now vibrant with the promise of new knowledge and experiences. As backpacks are unpacked and the rustle of pages turning begins, there’s a collective sense of anticipation for the challenges and triumphs that the upcoming academic journey will bring. The winter break may be over, but the joy of reuniting with friends and the prospect of new units make the return to class an exciting beginning to the rest of the school year.


Hyabiel Daniel is a first year Living Education Student. She is from London, United Kingdom, and typically attends the Seven Oaks Congregation. She enjoys studying social sciences and also loves spending time reading books, baking and spending time with loved ones.

End Of Semester Hustle

Author: Hyabiel Daniel  | Student, Living Education – Charlotte, 2023-24


There are just a handful of weeks left before our Living Education students wrap up the first semester. They are all fully immersed in the final stretch of the semester. Group study sessions and coffee have become steadfast companions to one another. Across various disciplines, individuals are diligently working through textbooks and studying slides. The collective goal is clear: master the material before the final exams. Amidst the hustle, determination is evident as these students navigate toward their academic success. The finish line is approaching, and a shared commitment to putting in the hard work defines their journey toward the semester’s end.


Hyabiel Daniel is a first year Living Education Student. She is from London, United Kingdom, and typically attends the Seven Oaks Congregation. She enjoys studying social sciences and also loves spending time reading books, baking and spending time with loved ones.

Life Roles In The Outdoors

Author: Hyabiel Daniel | Student, Living Education – Charlotte, 2023-24

 

This week during the Men’s life roles class the students were put to the test by applying what they covered in their previous life roles lessons. This Wednesday instead of the usual lecture, the men went out into a practical outdoor setting. 

Trail maps replaced notebooks as the students awaited a day filled with healthy competition, bonding – and life lessons. The Reedy Creek Park was where this event took place. The 10 young men were split into two teams, setting the stage for a friendly yet challenging orienteering competition. 

The students had to race against time. They were equipped with maps, which helped them navigate the twisty trails, searching for hidden markers scattered throughout the nature reserve. The ticking clock added a sense of excitement as well as an element of energy. 

 Navigating a map isn’t just about figuring out and reading symbols, it’s like learning how to navigate through the ups and downs of life. The boys were introduced to the skills of reading maps. It’s more than just about trails; it taught them how to plan, be forward-thinking, and have the ability to adapt to different situations.

The competition wasn’t just about individual achievement, but instead about teamwork. It was a lesson in cooperation, communication, and trust. This was yet another perfect time to foster bonds that extended beyond mere challenges, which echoed the importance of a collective effort in real-world scenarios. 

As the one-hour timer wound down, the competition came to an end. The students left Reedy Creek Park equipped with newfound knowledge. This was an experience that enabled the boys to learn new things beyond the classroom


Hyabiel Daniel is a first year Living Education Student. She is from London, United Kingdom, and typically attends the Seven Oaks Congregation. She enjoys studying social sciences and also loves spending time reading books, baking and spending time with loved ones.

Fun Day At The Faire!

Author: Hyabiel Daniel | Student, Living Education – Charlotte, 2023-24


A group of enthusiastic LE students decided to organize a memorable day out. Their destination? The Renaissance Faire. It was a vibrant and immersive event that transported attendees back in time to the days of knights, royalty, and merry festivities.

With anticipation, the students gathered early in the morning, wearing their chosen attire inspired by the Renaissance era. Laughter and excitement filled the air as they got into their cars. Upon arrival, the students were greeted by a marketplace adorned with colorful tents and lively performers. The fairgrounds had lively music, accompanied by mouth-watering delicacies and the sight of skilled craftsmen showcasing their crafts. It was a true escape from the demands of their academic lives.

The group wandered through the fair, exploring various attractions and indulging their curiosity at every turn. One of the highlights of the day was the jousting tournament. The students cheered and gasped in awe as knights on horseback clashed in a display of chivalry and bravery. The dedication and skill of the performers left a great impression, breathing life into an incredible era of history.

On the journey back to the dorms, the students reflected on the profound impact of their day at the Renaissance Faire. They realized that venturing outside their comfort zones and embracing new activities had enriched their lives.

With hearts filled with gratitude and a renewed sense of connection, the students bid farewell to the Renaissance Faire, carrying with them treasured memories and a reminder to seek out moments of joy and fellowship amidst the demands of their academic pursuits.


Hyabiel Daniel is a first year Living Education Student. She is from London, United Kingdom, and typically attends the Seven Oaks Congregation. She enjoys studying social sciences and also loves spending time reading books, baking and spending time with loved ones.

Family Picnic

Author: Hyabiel Daniel | Student, Living Education – Charlotte, 2023-24


On a sunny Sunday, the Charlotte congregation’s annual fall picnic took place at Cane Creek Park. The day was filled with laughter, bright smiles, and the warmth of friendship. Each family brought homemade dishes, adding to the feeling of unity at the event.

The dedicated LE students also joined in, ready for a fun-filled day and the chance to make new friends. This was a welcome break from their usual routine of studying! The picnic kicked off at 9:30 in the morning and ran until late evening. Thanks to everyone’s generosity, there was plenty of food to go around.

Lunchtime brought a wave of togetherness. Everyone shared stories over their meals, creating a comfortable and connected atmosphere.

At 13:00, when lunch ended, everyone split up to take part in different activities. Volleyball was a favorite among the crowd. The kids, full of energy, claimed the nearby playground, while some chose a peaceful walk on the beautiful nature trail.

As the sun started setting, the activities slowly wrapped up. Everyone left with joy in their hearts and stronger connections with one another. It was certainly a day that will be remembered fondly.


Hyabiel Daniel is a first year Living Education Student. She is from London, United Kingdom, and typically attends the Seven Oaks Congregation. She enjoys studying social sciences and also loves spending time reading books, baking and spending time with loved ones.

Student Life: Beach Day

Author: Hyabiel Daniel  | Student, Living Education – Charlotte, 2023-24


This past Sunday was nothing short of fantastic as a group of Living Education students decided to soak up the sun and sea. They traded their textbooks for swimsuits and embarked on an unforgettable beach adventure that left them with a treasure trove of memories. The day began with an air of anticipation as they gathered at the crack of dawn, armed with sunscreen, beach towels, and, of course, our adventurous spirits. The sun was peeking over the horizon as they arrived at the sandy oasis. The beauty of the beach in the early morning was breathtaking, and it set the tone for the exciting day ahead. The first step onto the warm, sandy shore starkly contrasted with the usual classroom, reminding them that the day’s purpose was to break free from the academic routine and embrace the simple joys of life. The calming symphony of ocean waves provided a natural backdrop to their day. They unfurled beach blankets, set up colorful umbrellas, and divided into groups, each choosing their path to enjoyment. Some even took an immediate plunge into the refreshing ocean. As the morning gracefully transformed into the afternoon, they assembled for a communal beachfront picnic, which consisted of homemade sandwiches, fruits, and chips. Post-lunch activities included seashell hunting, ocean exploration, and the construction of intricate sandcastles. Reluctantly leaving the beach that evening, their hearts were full enjoying the ride back home. They returned to their studies the following day, brimming with memories and the joy of shared experiences.


Hyabiel Daniel is a first year Living Education Student. She is from London, United Kingdom, and typically attends the Seven Oaks Congregation. She enjoys studying social sciences and also loves spending time reading books, baking and spending time with loved ones.

Student Life: Start of LE!

Author: Hyabiel Daniel  | Student, Living Education – Charlotte, 2023-24


Living Education Program: A Thrilling Start to a Journey of Connections

The first two weeks of the Living Education Program have been a whirlwind of introductions, orientations, and building connections. New friendships are forming, and the campus is buzzing with the excitement of fresh beginnings. Students have been busy settling into the different classes,  adjusting to the rhythm of their daily routines, and setting the tone for the coming months. Lectures, workshops, and team-building activities have paved the way for a strong sense of community, setting the stage for what promises to be an enriching journey.

Dorm Life: A Challenge and Classroom for Life Skills

There are 22 students this year, 11 girls and 11 boys. Dorm life will surely be a challenge for the students. However, this can also be a learning experience as this is the majority of the students’ first time being independent from their family. Sharing a house with non-family members can teach essential life skills like conflict resolution, responsibility, financial literacy, management, and effective communication skills. They also develop social and cultural sensitivity, and gain practical household skills, while building a network of friendships and gaining a deeper appreciation for home life.

As students transition into the core phase of the program, the campus has become a hub of curiosity and intellectual stimulation. Their unique perspectives and enthusiasm will and have already begun to enrich the classroom experience. The innovative curriculum spans various disciplines, encouraging students to think critically, connect ideas, and approach problem-solving from multiple Biblical angles. But the Living Education Program isn’t confined to traditional classroom settings. With regular field trips, guest lectures, and interactive projects, students are constantly reminded that learning is a dynamic and interconnected experience.

In-Work Study Program: Real-World Experience

One of the highlights of the Living Education Program is undoubtedly the in-work study program, which has now kicked off. Students have seamlessly integrated into professional environments. Headquarters is buzz with conversations about real-world challenges and solutions. This phase is about more than just work experience; it’s about cultivating a sense of responsibility, time management, and adaptability.

As students, we are excited about the opportunities for growth and learning that lie ahead. These upcoming semesters will be memorable and transformational for everyone.


Hyabiel Daniel is a first year Living Education Student. She is from London, United Kingdom, and typically attends the Seven Oaks Congregation. She enjoys studying social sciences and also loves spending time reading books, baking and spending time with loved ones. Hyabiel currently works as a writer and manages the Facebook page for the Living Education department. 

LivingEd-Charlotte and Youth Camps

This year, the Living Education-Charlotte students are doing their part to put into practice what they’ve learned in the classroom! Nine of our Living Youth teen camp staff are from this year’s LivingEd class. In addition, four LivingEd alumni are serving at the camp. Interestingly, six of the staff members have been accepted for the 2023-24 upcoming school year. One more note of interest – three of the staff members took part in the Living University program.

A Ri-disc-ulously Fun Sunday!

Author: Kaleb Johnson | Student, Living Education – Charlotte, 2022-23


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Living Education hosted the second annual Disc Golf Tournament, featuring fantastic food and lots of fun. 

This year, Church families and young adults came out bright and early on a sunny Sunday morning. The Living Education students led the disc golf tournament by organizing teams, helping people to navigate the course, and tallying the final scores. After the tournament, everyone enjoyed a lunch of potato salad, coleslaw, freshly grilled corn on the cob, and chicken legs and thighs.

Disc Golf: A Team Sport?

The disc golf tournament was a team-based event, and the teams were selected in an interesting way. Two Living Education students led each team, making six teams altogether, and then the participants chose which students’ team to join. Thus, the students were encouraged to come up with a fun team name and theme to draw as many people as possible. 

As the game progressed, students tallied their score by recording the number of throws it took each person to get the disc into the basket. Like in regular golf, a low score is a good score. To help their team members navigate the sometimes-confusing disc-golf trail, the students arrived an hour early and walked through the trails. Also, rather than use all 18 holes, the tournament was limited to the first six holes. Each team would start on a hole, and then rotate around, allowing for continuous play. 

All the teams were done after about two hours, and the Director—Mr. Jonathan McNair—announced the winners. The first award was actually a surprise—the award for the team that hit the most trees. That award was won by team 2—Ellie and Kezia’s team—who managed to hit a tree-mendous 60 trees (for context, my team hit 15 trees total). The team with the lowest average score was team 6—Nathan’s team—which scored 28. Par for the six holes was 20, so this team was only eight points over (for context, my team scored 31, and the highest scored 45). Team 6 received their spectacular award of free Living Education pens for all and a single Living Education mug—to be divided amongst the winners, of course. 

An Impeckable Lunch

After announcing the awards, Mr. McNair unveiled the food. During the tournament, he had been was grilling on his charcoal smoker, preparing some egg-straordinary chicken and a-maizing corn on the cob. All of the guests and students flocked through the food line and corn-sumed the provisions. Then, the activity wrapped up, kindly giving the students a free afternoon to do homework. The second annual disc golf tournament was a fantastic event, a total hole-in-one! We look forward to hosting the third annual disc golf tournament next year. 


Just before this, the Living Education students adventured the trails for an exciting mountain biking activity. Read about that here: The Wheel Deal.

Kaleb Johnson is a student in the Living Education-Charlotte Program. He graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in the spring of 2022. In addition, Kaleb enjoys writing, video-making, trying new activities (anything and everything), playing chess, and debating (it’s not arguing!) with people. He currently works in the Living Education department producing written content, videos, and helping with a variety of other projects.