What is Treasure?
Treasure Home Educators' Association (THEA) is a non-denominational, non-profit Christian home school cooperative which strives to glorify God by providing a safe, supportive, encouraging and enriching environment for home school families.
An Introduction to Treasure
We would like to take an opportunity to introduce you to TREASURE. If you are considering membership, we want you to be sure that Treasure is a good fit for your family.
While you do not have to be a Christian in order to be a member, TREASURE is a Christian organization. This means we believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible word of God and we strive to follow its principles. Everyone in leadership positions must sign a fundamental beliefs statement acknowledging this, and all members are expected to adhere to conduct consistent with biblical principles.
TREASURE was established in 1987 as a support network for families in the Western Tidewater area who were exercising their God-given right and responsibility to decide on the best form of education for their children. This created an environment for like-minded people with similar values to come together for support, encouragement, and fellowship. The enrichment classes met a need for elective-type classes for the children. The primary purpose; however, was and is, support, encouragement, and fellowship for the families on their homeschooling journey.
Our focus is community. Our desire for TREASURE is to have a group where all members are engaged and invested in the other members and the group as a whole. There is a Mom’s Meeting every TREASURE day from 11am-12pm. The remainder of the day, the Mom’s Meeting room is open as a common area for fellowship, which we strongly encourage. TREASURE is unlike other groups in its focus, as we are not driven by academia. We want to foster an environment that is much more about relationships. We want to be salt and light to all who come in contact with our group.
Also, we want to have an appeal that can come only through extending the love of Christ to one another in tangible ways. As a co-op, everyone has a role and is expected to contribute and serve in various capacities. Every member MUST teach, assist, or help cover other areas, such as nursery or study hall, and every member must assume a Sparkle duty*.
If academics are your primary reason for seeking a group, TREASURE is probably not the best fit for your family. We will gladly give you information on other groups in our area that are more academically driven.
The TREASURE guidelines give more detailed information about our organization, roles, responsibilities, and expectations. Please ask for a copy of the guidelines if you do not already have one. Be sure you have read them thoroughly and talked with a board member prior to making a commitment to TREASURE.
We ask that every member come each week seeking to be a blessing to others. In so doing, you will, in turn, be richly blessed!
*Sparkle duties include morning set-up, lunch and end of day clean-up duties.
Below are some Scripture verses that speak to the heart of Treasure:
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another....And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:12-14
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus...” Romans 15:5
“Everyone should use whatever gifts he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1Peter 4:10
“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men.” Ephesians 6:7
“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” Proverbs 15:22