The Geneva School, founded upon the truths of historic Christian faith and tradition, is committed not merely to informing the minds of students, but to forming students as human beings (body, mind, and spirit) made in God’s image. One of our goals is to encourage our students to live Coram Deo which means “before the face of God,” and suggests that all of life is lived in God’s presence and for his glory.
Daily Bible Readings
With this in mind, The Geneva School seeks to weave into the daily academic life a vital recognition of God’s presence and the need for us all to pursue him in our pursuit of knowledge and wisdom. Each class begins the day with brief readings from the Scriptures and with prayer. Our daily Bible readings for the 2018—2019 school year will focus on the birth, ministry, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We will draw the readings for each week from the four Gospel accounts following a traditional chronological account. Every few years we return to this kind of annual reading since it is good to be reminded regularly of Jesus’ words, teachings, death, and resurrection. We encourage parents to read these books of the Bible as a basis for family discussion and prayer. These basic rhythms of life are the most visible threads in the warp and woof of faith that form the fabric of our academic life at Geneva. The goal is well stated by Solomon who said, “Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart” (Proverbs 3:3).
The Geneva School Chapel
Kindergartners find chapel to be an engaging, interactive experience. During the first semester, students act out various roles from Old Testament stories along with singing and memorization of Scripture. K4 students join the kindergartners for chapel in the second semester and the teachers lead the students through The ABCs of God curriculum which uses the framework of the alphabet to help children understand the attributes and character of God. The lessons help children answer the questions of “Who is God?” and “What is he like?” as they work from Almighty (God is all-powerful) to Zealous (God acts with his whole heart). First graders sing, pray, recite Scripture together, and are introduced to the many names of God using the How Majestic Is Your Name curriculum (modified for first graders) as their focus. Each lesson presents glorious truths about God and encourages students to see and rejoice in his goodness and greatness.
The theme for the grammar school chapels at the main campus (grades 2–6) during the 2018–2019 school year is that of “Redemption.” During the twenty-three times this year that the grammar school chapels meet, the homilies will be taken from both the Old and New Testament.
In addition to these grammar school chapels, the upper school students (grades 7–12) join with them for all-school chapels on another nine occasions. These joint chapel services primarily celebrate significant times in the life of the school (opening and closing convocations, SALT Serveathon) as well as those events in the life of Christ (Advent, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, etc.). Parents are always welcome at all chapel services, but especially the joint chapel services that allow everyone at the main campus to come together in worshipful celebration.
We believe that education is formation. That is to say, our mind, will, heart, character, soul, and loves are being formed each and every day by those who teach and the content studied. Through chapel we trust that the life of Christ will happily be more nearly formed in each of us. What greater blessing could we hope for than that?