Students participate in weekly worship through Praise and Worship and Chapels. We begin our week with a praise and worship time together in the sanctuary. This is a time to focus on the Lord, commit our week to Him, pray together, and magnify His name. In addition to this, each class has the opportunity to lead chapel and share all that they are learning throughout the year. Chapels are held weekly and, most often, are student-led. The students present a program including scripture memory work, singing, skits, and other material to inspire, edify, and challenge the body of Christ. This is also a time when guests may be invited to encourage our Body.
Teachers pray with students on a regular basis. Students are asked to listen to the teacher as they pray in order to get an idea of what a mature prayer is like. The children will also be guided through prayers of their own. Students are taught that prayer is a privilege because prayer is talking to God. When a child discovers prayer, he/she discovers that he/she has a Friend Who will listen at any hour of the day.
Sample of Prayers
The Lord is good to me, and so I thank the Lord, for giving me the things I need, the sun and the rain and the apple seeds. The Lord is good to me. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
God is great. God is good. Let us thank Him for our food. By His hands we all are fed, give us Lord our daily bread. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Heavenly Father ever so sweet, thank you for the food we eat. Thank you for the birds that sing. Thank you God for everything! In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Ps. 119:11)
It is not hard for a child to remember and quote a Bible verse or passage if he/she is taught correctly. A child is in his/her peak ability to memorize. Henry Halley (Halley, page 809) describes beautifully the value of Scripture memorization as a way to focus our minds on God’s thoughts:
“To run God’s thoughts through our mind often will make our mind grow like God’s mind; and as our mind grows like God’s mind, our whole life will be transformed into His image. It is one of the very best spiritual helps we can have.”