The spiritual development of BCS students is addressed in several ways. First and foremost spiritually mature and caring teachers are our “living epistles” giving daily modeling and counseling. Just as important are Bible lessons and class discussions along with a fully Christ-based curriculum. In addition, we provide opportunities for growth weekly in our Chapel Program and in our annual Spiritual Emphasis Week.
K-12 students attend Chapel each Wednesday morning, joining together for the worship portion and splitting into two age appropriate groups (K-6th and 7th-12th) for Bible teaching. Over the past few years we have been privileged to have Nick Winnard, Assistant Pastor of Worship at New Life Community Fellowship, leading the worship portion of our chapel, accompanied by some of our talented high school students. Weekly chapel speakers include area pastors, youth leaders, parents, missionaries, and other special guests. Also, each BCS class is asked to prepare a chapel presentation at least once a year. Themes vary but the emphasis is always application of spiritual truths.
Spiritual Emphasis Week
In addition, one of our most popular events every year is Spiritual Emphasis Week. Led by a team from Coastlands Consultants, this is a week during which the the Coastlands missionary team unites with our school family to corporately seek the Lord. Coastlands provides a team of two or more people who function as full-time missionaries to BCS for the week. They help our students grow in their passion for God and help them to walk closer with Him.
In addition to normal academic activities, each day of Spiritual Emphasis Week consists of:
Each morning the team presents an age-appropriate chapel focused on the week’s theme. Praise and worship are a vital part of the chapel!
Each day after chapel, middle schoolers (grade 5-8) spend approximately 20 minutes journaling to the Coastlands team, and they spend their afternoons and evenings writing back to each of them. The students’ journals remain confidential with three exceptions: threats of violence against themselves, threats of violence against others, and situations of abuse. The confidentiality of journaling has been key in confession and repentance for many students. It is extremely valuable for the students to be able to share with an adult who is not a parent or teacher but who is a committed believer who is willing to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15a).
Team members spend the rest of the day building relationships with our students by attending their classes, eating lunch with them, playing at recess, and attending after- school activities. Team members are also available to spend additional time with individual classes as requested by the teachers.