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CHESS- Christian Home Educators' Support System
Kim Winter
Lansing, MI
Christian Home Educators' Support System (CHESS) was founded in the fall of 1993 as a co-operative effort on the part of a few Lansing-area home educating families who realized that by working together and sharing the load, we could all benefit tremendously! We are currently serving over 200 families from St. Johns to Jackson, Portland to Perry, Charlotte to Howell, and everywhere in between. Once your family has become a part of CHESS, you have an immediate "connection" with other like-minded, uniquely-gifted homeschooling families in mid-Michigan.

C.H.E.S.S. Purpose: To support, encourage, and equip mid-Michigan home educators, by offering information, opportunities, activities, resources, and relationships with other Christian home educating families.
In order to accomplish this purpose CHESS is organized into seven areas, with each team focused on a different aspect of our ministry:

Academic Enrichment Team: To provide supplemental learning opportunities which enrich our children's education, giving them occasions to learn and interact with other home educators.

Communications Team: To facilitate communication and disperse information relevant to our home education efforts, both to C.H.E.S.S. members and those desiring to know more about C.H.E.S.S. or home educating.

Community Service/Public Policy Team: To work together to serve, providing practical help to both C.H.E.S.S. members and others, and in so-doing to be a positive testimony for Christ and home education, building bridges into the greater mid-Michigan community.

Extra-Curricular Activities Team: To expand our children?s horizons byproviding quality opportunities for them to participate in recreational activities, develop skills and talents, grow in character, and build relationships.

Resources Team: To assist in wise stewardship of our resources, both those of individual home educating families and of the C.H.E.S.S. organization.

Special Events Team: To coordinate wholesome family events which will build special memories, strengthen family relationships, provide encouragement, and opportunities to connect with other home educators.

Ministry Support Team: To oversee the ministry of CHESS, encouraging and equipping CHESS members and leaders in their roles as home educating parents and important parts of the mid-Michigan homeschool community.

C.H.E.S.S. Vision:

Impacting our world for Christ through the home education of the next generation.

C.H.E.S.S. Core Values:

1) CHRIST-CENTERED- "One Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all" --Ephesians 4:5&6 Open to all interested mid-Michigan home educators, C.H.E.S.S. specifically ministers to Christian home educating families willing to look beyond our many differences and focus instead on what we have in common: our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

2) COOPERATION- "...serve one another in love." --Galatians 5:13
C.H.E.S.S. operates cooperatively as we all work together, allowing each of the home educating families in our midst to contribute their various skills, talents, insights, and experiences to the benefit of all involved.

3) COMMUNITY- "in Christ we who are many form one body" --Romans 12:5 An interdenominational ministry, C.H.E.S.S. seeks to help home educating families connect and build relationships, thereby bringing unity within the Body of Christ and creating a homeschooling community of Believers.

4) CONTINUATION- "One generation will commend Your works to another..." Psalm 145:4 C.H.E.S.S. desires to see our efforts in assisting Christian home educators have impact until Christ returns, as our children rise up and become the leaders of the next generation, living out their faith and passing along what they have learned-- even training our grandchildren through Christian home education.

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