Meet Our School Partners

Faith Bowory

Faith Bowory

Intern with Kristie Hayes, School Partners Coordinator

Summer is now in full-swing; our kids are thrilled (or bored) with vacation, and we’re all glad this unpredictable and ever-changing school year has ended. We’re always grateful for the teachers, administration, and social workers in our local schools, and this year more than ever before.

They Are Major World-Changers!

Our internship season has also come to a close, and former intern, Faith Borowy, put together this story about our School Partners before completing her internship, “The zoom [meetings] I had with our school partners were incredible! Much of our congregation knows that we have School Partners, but I want to highlight the people who are within the schools and their stories because they are major world-changers!”

A True Privilege

Our partnership with local schools is a true privilege. It is an honor to be in community with so many incredible people. Although we are only highlighting three women, they represent all the remarkable people who have invested in the students. The value of school has become clear this year, and as it draws to a close, we want to celebrate those who have been on the front lines and behind the scenes.

A Beautiful Friendship Began To Form

Charita Jackson, secretary at Pontiac High School, is one of the first smiling faces to greet students each morning. As has been the case for many years, her love for Pontiac extends beyond the school walls. Charita started a chain reaction of giving when she began to adopt students for Christmas. Over time, families and other staff members became involved resulting in the year when every student left for Christmas break with a wrapped gift.

“It’s not just me. I am simply one of the vessels God is using,” Jackson said.

In addition to the Christmas gifts, Charita organizes an annual coat drive. This event originated with a call from Wanda, a member of a nearby church. The moment Charita answered the phone, a beautiful friendship began to form. For years, the church partnered with the school by way of a coat drive, and when Wanda, now 91 years old, was no longer able to continue, Charita took the leadership role. She has received a grant to purchase the coats and is thus able to offer this as a beautiful example of loving her community.

“I want for your kids the same that I want for mine,” stated Jackson.

Impacting Even Just One Child

Emily Martin, a recent graduate, is a social worker at Seminole Elementary. During the pandemic, her days were often spent connecting with students and families via phone calls. As students began to return to the building, she was able to form relationships and be a constant presence for children during an uncertain year.

“I never expected to feel so much pride and love for Mount Clemens families so soon,” said Martin.

When asked about her biggest dream, Emily said she knows her purpose is to love these children. Therefore, if she can impact even just one child, her dream will have been fulfilled.

Little Things Make The Biggest Difference

Shirley Monk, a native of the Mount Clemens area, is the social worker for the rest of the district. Shirley is deeply rooted in and loves her community. Her own adoption as a child sparked her twenty-one-year career as a social worker.

Shirley desires a healthy life – emotionally, mentally, and physically – for each student. Stocked with school supplies, clothing, food, and toiletries for the students, her office is a safe space for connection and conversation.

“It’s the little things that make the biggest difference,” Monk stated.

Shirley says her greatest joy is listening to her students’ life stories. As she is a frequent presence in the cafeteria and classrooms, she is able to form trusting relationships with the children. Some of these even last well beyond their time in school. She was recently contacted by a former student, now an adult, to thank her for her kindness. Shirley’s work has been a blessing to many lives.

Charita, Emily, and Shirley are just a few examples of the many people who have made a difference over the past year. We are grateful for every person who invested in the next generation this year – whether it was a teacher who revised countless lesson plans to make them work virtually, a cafeteria worker who provided healthy meals, or a custodial staff who kept the buildings clean and safe, THANK YOU!

Under our Move Out Network, Kensington Church partners with nine local schools to support staff and students and show them the love of Jesus in practical ways, like academic support, guest readers, encouragement for staff, and assembling enrichment materials, and more. At the end of every summer, we also collect donations for school supplies for local students so that every child can start strong in the fall. Find out more at kensingtonchurch.org/schoolpartners.

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Birmingham Campus

We are offering a time for our congregation to gather after the 10am service for prayer in the Groves Auditorium, 20500 W 13 Mile Rd, Beverly Hills, MI 48025.

On Sunday evening, Dec 5, parents of high school and middle school students are invited to the second half of our Edge gathering at Genesis Church, 309 N Main St, Royal Oak, MI 48067, at 6:15pm. We will have a breakout to equip parents in caring for themselves and processing pain with their children in times of tragedy.

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Parents – self care is critical. It’s important to do your own processing with another adult so that you can be more present as your child processes. Here are tools that you can use to get you started.

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Counselors Are Needed After Tragedy

“The aftermath of the Oxford shooting tragedy will undoubtedly result in traumatic symptoms and experiences across our communities for quite some time. Healing the brain through evidence-based therapies is absolutely possible with clinical guidance. There is a valuable village of Trauma Therapists with collective resources standing by for Oxford, for both direct and secondary survivors to engage in therapy. Until then, we honorably hold a sacred space, as students, families, staff and school partners continue to mourn.” -Laura Azoni, LMSW, Founder of Sanctuary Services

Orion Campus

We believe that unity at this time is more important than ever. Several churches in the area are partnering together to offer space for students to begin the process of healing.

We will have several grief and trauma specialists on site this Sunday evening at our Orion Campus (4640 S Lapeer Rd Lake Orion, MI 48359) from 5-6:30pm and will have a night of prayer, worship and an opportunity for students to process with each other.

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Monday, 12.6 Visitation 1 to 8pm
Tuesday, 12.7 Visitation 10-12pm and funeral at Noon

Clinton Township Campus

We will be offering a time for our congregation to gather after each service for a time of corporate prayer in the Greatroom. Prayer will be offered at 10:15 am and 12:15 pm. (25000 Hall Rd, Charter Twp of Clinton, MI 48036)

This Sunday at 3:30 pm as a community we want to gather, pray and mourn together. We are all looking for answers and wondering why tragedy happens but we can find hope and peace in Jesus. 

Troy Campus

Join us Sunday night, December 5th for a Community Prayer Vigil at Kensington Church at 6:00 pm. Invite friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers to come together for a time of hope and prayer. 

Following the Vigil, at 7:00 pm, there will be breakouts for students and for parents to process and be equipped in caring for themselves and those around in times of tragedy.

Marriage Classes

What grows marriages? Focusing on the two of you and being in community!
The Marriage Course includes seven sessions, designed to help couples invest in their relationship and build a strong marriage. Some couples do the course to intentionally invest in their relationship, others are looking to address more specific challenges. Either way, the course offers essential tools and practical ideas to help you build a relationship that lasts a lifetime. The Marriage Course is based on Christian principles but designed for all couples with or without a church background.

Please email marriage@kensingtonchurch.org with any questions.

Financial Peace University (FPU)

Financial Peace University (FPU) is a catalyst to help people live in financial freedom and enable them to have a posture of openhandedness. We have witnessed numerous Kensington families experience life change as a result of applying Biblical truths to their personal finances. The real blessing is seeing people create lives of margin that allow them to hear and respond to the Lord’s calling on their lives.

Please email discipleship@kensingtonchurch.org with any questions.

Bible Basics

Whether you are brand new to the Bible or have been reading it for decades, Bible Basics is a course that will help you understand the overall flow of the Bible. Over the course of several weeks, learn how the Bible came from the original writers to the English versions we have today. We’ll look at the big-picture story of the Bible and how all the individual books add to the whole. We’ll even learn a little about the history of the Jewish nation. But most of all, we’ll grow in our awe of the amazing author of this amazing book!

Please email discipleship@kensingtonchurch.org with any questions.

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What is my purpose? What value does the Bible have in my life? How do I pray? How can I grow in confidence to share my faith? These are the big questions that are at the heart of what it means to have a relationship with God. Alpha is a space to explore life’s big questions, to say what you think and to hear other people’s points of view. Over ten-weeks you will explore and discover while listening to weekly topics, participating in table discussion, and developing community. Alpha courses meeting in-person gather around a meal.

You don’t have to come for the whole series—just check it out for the first session and see what you think. No pressure.

Please email discipleship@kensingtonchurch.org with any questions.

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Together Again

updated June 23, 2021

It’s been life-giving to be in-person for our weekend services since last July when we reopened. If you haven’t yet, we invite you to join us in person sometime soon.

Reservations and ticketing have been discontinued at all our campuses.

Masks are optional at all services, events, and ministry gatherings for kids, students, and adults. We know that everyone needs to make the right health decisions for themselves and their family, so if you feel comfortable removing your mask, you may. And if you’d like to continue wearing a mask or face covering, you may do that as well. This is a personal choice that only you can decide what is best for yourself when attending in person at Kensington.

If you are sick, are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or have possibly been exposed to COVID-19, please plan to stay home and participate in our services via our many online streaming options.

At the start of the pandemic, Kensington’s Executive Team commissioned a group of staff members as a COVID Task Force to establish protocols and procedures for the safety of our church community. Thanks for sticking with us throughout all the changes and adjustments over the past 15 months.

We’re grateful to be together again!