Learning to Relate
This year in Lower and Middle School chapels we are focusing on relationships. When Jesus was asked about what was the greatest commandment, he replied, ”Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. And the second is like it: ’Love your neighbor as yourself.” We believe your relationship with God plays a significant role in your relationships with people.
Students have the opportunity to strengthen their relationship with God and each other through Chapel and Bible Study.
Lower School Chapel
Students meet every Wednesday by grade level with the School Chaplain. Parents are welcome to attend Chapel. During Chapel different students lead the Call to Worship and Benediction. Chapel also offers a wonderful opportunity for to give thanks for students’ birthdays and commendable actions seen around campus. Part of the public recognition and acknowledgement also comes by means of Commendation Forms, which are given to students who exemplify actions reflective of the School’s core values.
Middle School Chapel
All middle school meet together once a rotation 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 Jo Leever. Fifth and 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 or a Youth Staff Director at First Presbyterian Church. This is an optional and completely voluntary activity that students can choose to participate in to further develop their faith.