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 this year will coincide with the chapel theme of the “church.” Therefore the main scripture readings will be consecutive readings of the Book of Acts. In Acts we are given the inspired account of God’s establishment of the church—that is, His “called out people” who by faith have covenanted to love and serve the risen Jesus Christ. The book is a faithful witness of how God began the church in Jerusalem following the resurrection and ascension of Jesus, and how he multiplied it during several generations of believers in the first century. Peter and Paul are featured prominently among many men and women who courageously proclaimed faith in Christ amidst persecution and unbelief. Upon concluding the Book of Acts we will also read I and II Timothy which record the Apostle Paul’s practical encouragements to young Timothy as he pastors one of these newly established churches. We encourage parents to read the same daily passages 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
Kindergarteners will find chapel to be an engaging, interactive experience. It will be the students themselves acting out various roles from Old Testament stories along with singing and memorization of Scripture during the first semester. K4 will join kindergartners for chapel for the second semester and the teachers will 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 with the focus, How Majestic Is Your Name. Each lesson presents glorious truths about God and encourages students to see and rejoice in His goodness and greatness.
The theme for the year with the grammar school chapels at the main campus (grades 2—6) will be that of the “church.” During the 16 times this year that the grammar chapels will meet, the homilies will be taken from the Book of Acts, so as to correspond and reinforce the daily Bible readings that will be read in their classrooms.
In addition to these grammar school chapels, the upper school students (grades 7—12) will be joining them for all-school chapels on another 16 occasions. Once again the homilies will be themed to the church, focusing upon biblical images and metaphors such as the “bride of Christ” and “the body of Christ.” These joint chapel services primarily celebrate significant times in the life of the school (opening and closing convocations, SALT Servathon) as well as those events in the life of Christ (Advent, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, etc.). This year, however, they will also incorporate the theme of the church. 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?