Spiritual Life Moments...
In the next edition of the Chronicle, you'll find an article describing Family Chapel at CCS Elementary campuses. In the meantime, here's what Frederickson/Tacoma Principal Tina deVries says about this valuable program:
"The greatest effect of family chapel doesn’t actually happen in the FC moments, though they are wonderful. The greatest part is the bi-product of the relationships that are established and fostered during that time that pour over into our day to day activity. You see older students nurturing younger ones in chapel, at recess, during passing, at morning drop off and more. You see younger students with a sound sense of connectedness and belonging that increases their individual success because they know they are loved and safe. You see our older students organically stepping into leadership moments with little to no encouragement because they know the impact it makes and are empowered to do so. Family chapel is not just chapel, it is the building of a family that undergirds everything else we do."
I often say, there are many great teachers and schools; however, what we do at Cascade CHRISTIAN Schools is distinct in that we get to teach from a biblical worldview. This is why we do what we do.
In case you haven’t noticed, we have the most amazing music teacher ever! Mrs. Sievers recently shared of an experience she had with her 4th–6th grade students in music class. She said that they finished class time with the worship song “We Believe.” This was a very sincere time. Afterward, several students commented on how awesome that was and how it felt. Mrs. Sievers took a moment to explain that the Bible tells us that “God abides in the praises of His people.” When we worship Him, His presence is with us and that this is what they were feeling. Shortly after, they returned to class and the 1st grade group entered. Immediately upon entering, a 1st grade student exclaimed, “Oh, it smells like Jesus in here! I smell Jesus!”
Matthew 19:14 (NIV) tells us, “Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me,
and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’ ”
God’s presence resides within children and is released through them because the kingdom of heaven belongs to them, which is righteousness, peace, and JOY in the Holy Spirit. I believe this is because of their childlike faith. We have much to learn from them, don’t we?