Discipleship in Elementary School
Discipleship in the elementary school takes place in and out of the classroom, beginning with our faculty and staff, all of whom profess faith in Christ. At Heritage Christian, we believe academics and discipleship go hand-in-hand and that students can learn the Bible and biblical principles at a very young age. Because of this, the elementary school integrates the Bible into every facet of education, helping students grow physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually through the truths of the Bible.
Bible Curriculum - In class, students learn Bible stories, biblical principles, and the truths of what it means to follow Christ. As part of the Bible curriculum, students learn how to memorize and recite Scripture every year.
Chapel - Chapel is a sweet time for elementary students to come together, sing their hearts out, and learn God’s word from faculty, staff, and outside Christian leaders and pastors. The primary goal of these chapels is to help students grow in their walk with Jesus and to see the beauty and importance of corporate worship.
Chapel Worship - Elementary music teacher Cathy Bartemus leads the worship portion of chapel, but she makes it a priority to have students assist her.
Each year, elementary teachers make spiritual goals specific to their class. These goals are meant to help them mentor their students on a more personal level. Teachers do things such as pray with and for their students every day, share what it means to be a good friend, and teach the Gospel through discipline.
Some elementary students have high school mentors. Together, they play games, talk about how to deal with difficult things, read Bible verses, and learn how to be a good friend.
My high school mentors have taught me so much and because of the time I have spent with them, I want to be a mentor to someone when I am in high school. I will now be able to teach them godly verses that may help them someday. One of the verses I learned was Romans 15:13 – 'May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.'
- Lilly, 4th Grade Student
Service Opportunities - Students are exposed to local as well as international opportunities to serve while in elementary school. Through care ministries, they collect Coins for the Kingdom to support several orphanages across the globe. As children progress from grade to grade, they are given opportunities to contribute to local ministries by collecting shoes, toothbrushes, and books. Serving within the school is also emphasized through such programs as Reading Buddies, encouragement notes, and random acts of kindness.