Learning to Relate
This year in Early Childhood, Lower School and Middle School chapels we are focusing on gratitude. Scripture reminds us to “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:18).” One way in which we keep gratitude on the forefront of our mind is to begin chapel with reciting Psalm 118:24, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” We believe focusing on gratitude plays a significant role in our relationship with God and others.
Students have the opportunity to strengthen their relationship with God and each other through Chapel and Bible Study.
Early Childhood Chapel
Each grade-level will meet weekly with Brenton Smith, Early Childhood Chaplain. Parents are welcome to attend chapel once a month to witness the celebration of that month’s birthdays and worship alongside their children. During EC Chapel, students enter into God’s ongoing story through songs and learning about people who have loved God.
Lower School Chapel
Students meet weekly by grade level with the School Chaplain, Brenton Smith. In chapel, students dialogue with God, explore God's story, and personalize scripture. Monthly, we honor birthdays to recognize God's continuous presence with us in each age. Parents are welcome to attend Chapel.
Middle School Chapel
All middle school students meet together once a week for Chapel. The Chapels are led by the students in the Chapel Planning class. These students help the School Chaplain create the focus for chapel each year. During planning the students find bible verses that apply to the theme, share scripture that is very important to them, and invite guest speakers to speak. They also lead the Call to Worship, Birthday Celebration, and Benediction during chapel. The students write prayers each week for the School, the city/country, and the world. Chapel music is provided by a Chapel Band made up of 7th and 8th grade students.
Middle School Bible Classes
Outside of Chapel, Middle School students participate in a Bible rotation class led by the School Chaplain. Sixth grade students study the Old Testament, seventh grade students study the New Testament and eighth grade students study Worldviews, which encourages them to reflect on their own spiritual and ethical decision making.
Lunchtime Bible Study
Each middle school grade has a gender specific Bible Study at lunch lead by a Presbyterian School teacher. This is an optional and completely voluntary activity that students can choose to participate in to further develop their faith.