In the daily hustle and bustle, when tests and homework and extracurricular activities seem to take precedence over everything, students sometimes forget the real reason they are here. Thankfully, Hillcrest has almost weekly chapel services which seek to remind Upper School students that our true priorities in life are to love God and to love others. And when students take on the responsibility of leading worship and sharing the burdens of their heart, it becomes evident that no other school is like Hillcrest. Giving students the freedom — and constant encouragement — to share their faith in a world that seeks to silence Christians more and more is the true mission of our school.
As Thanksgiving approaches, we ask the entire Hillcrest family to remember our school in your prayers: Remember to thank the Lord for the work he is doing on our campus and beyond, and ask him to bless our students, faculty, and staff so that we may continue to “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16
See You at the Pole™, the global day of student prayer, began in 1990 as a grass roots movement with ten students praying at the flagpole in front of their school. More than twenty years later, millions have joined the movement and now pray on their campuses on the fourth Wednesday each September.
See You at the Pole™ is a rally which allows students to meet before school to lift up their friends, families, teachers, school, and nation to God. SYATP brings students in every time zone all around the world together, as they humble themselves before God and commit to unity in Christ and prayer for their generation.
“I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.
Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:20-23 (NIV)
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