As we approach the halfway point of the first term of a new school year, it is helpful to remember that while Hillcrest prepares our students academically for success in college, above all, this school is committed to being Christ-centered, rooted in unchanging Biblical truths, and to leading students to view life from a Christian perspective. To this end, chapel services are an essential element of the overall education of all young people who attend HCS, beginning in the lowest levels of the elementary school and extending through their high school graduation.
Growth in character and conduct, rooted in Christian values, are fundamental to the mission of our school; therefore, spiritual life at HCS carries through the classrooms, the playing fields, and the halls every day. In order to ensure this occurs, God’s Word is introduced at the Lower School level, with an emphasis on living by the behavior principles promoted in the Bible. This lays the foundation for understanding the Biblical concepts which are taught when our students reach Upper School: discipleship, godly discretion, wisdom and discernment. However, the ultimate focus of chapel in Upper School is to encourage each student’s personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Upper School chapel programs typically include devotions and teachings given by faculty or guest speakers, but some of the most meaningful and memorable experiences come from our students themselves. When their peers share how God is working in their lives, young people feel a greater connection to one another, helping them to realize that they are not alone.
Upper School students are encouraged, if you feel the Lord’s leading, to share your faith during this year’s chapel assemblies. If you would like to lead in worship, or to pray, or to give your testimony, please talk to Coach Horner. “Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.” – 1 Timothy 4:12