StreetFest student working with elementary school child

About StreetFest

StreetFest is a one-time service-learning opportunity that occurs during our first-year student orientation program called Quest. During StreetFest, we partner with over 60 community organizations to join them in their work in the city of Grand Rapids. StreetFest will be on Thursday, September 3 this year.

Faithfully Present in [PLACE]

First year students coming to Calvin College are going to be part of an institution whose mission it is to equip “students to think deeply, to act justly, and to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world.” This is a lofty goal to have as a college and to aspire to as students.

StreetFest is an invitation for students to engage in that goal. It is a goal in the context of the hope for a particular future and of the present reality. The hope for the future is Shalom; that all things will be as they should be. The present reality is that things are not as they should be.

John 1:14 reads “And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.” In the same manner, despite our human, imperfect attempts, we can still show up and be faithfully present. In doing so, we are putting ourselves in a position not to be served, but to serve.

We hope that students will practice thinking deeply, acting justly, and living wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the place they go during StreetFest, during the rest of their time at Calvin and beyond. We hope that students will be faithfully present in [PLACE].

Basic Schedule of StreetFest

Time Activity
8:15am Check-In
9:00am Opening Chapel
10:00am Introduction to Grand Rapids
11:00am Pick up Lunches and Transportation to Work Site
11:30am Arrive at Work Site
11:35am Lunch & Agency Orientation
12:00pm Serve and Learn Together
3:00pm Time of Reflection
3:30pm Transportation to Calvin
4:00pm Arrive at Calvin

To learn more about StreetFest including past years' themes, click here for our StreetFest history page.