The Goal of the Spiritual Life Department
Weekly Chapel Services
Every week, all ECS students attend a chapel service where guest speakers, school personnel, or fellow students lead a time of teaching, which is both educational and engaging. Our Chapel service is a time we set aside each week to intentionally connect with God through worship and to be challenged to explore the depths of God’s truth and love.
Student attendance in chapel is required, as we see this as an important part of developing students with a heart for God. We believe that all teaching must be built on a foundation of God’s truth.
The worship time during our Jr High and High School Chapel Services is led by our Worship Band, which is completely student led. The Worship Band has brought a new level of excellence to the Jr High and High School Chapel experiences. The Spirit moves in a mighty way during these weekly sessions together.
Another backbone of spiritual growth at the high school level is our Discipleship Groups. Discipleship Groups are led by students who have gone through an extensive interview process and have been prayerfully chosen by a committee of the Spiritual Life Team. Discipleship Groups offer students the chance to grow in community with other students. It lets iron sharpen iron, while also growing leadership roles for upperclass students.
We’ve also incorporated intentional time into our Elementary and Jr High Bible Classes to have discipleship opportunities, prayer partners, and Christian leadership building, among other similar spiritual life growth experiences.
The Bible is foundational at ECS. Elyria Christian School gives intentional time to biblical literacy through daily Bible classes. The Bible is weaved through every subject at every level.
In elementary, our teachers help children understand that God is the center of our life, that all the things we do should glorify Him, and that all the things we learn should be from the perspective of God’s Word.
Jr High and High School students have daily Bible classes which develop a student’s ability to interpret scripture and understand how the Bible shapes our beliefs and worldview. An ECS teachers’ goal is to ignite in each student a love of scripture.
Jr High & High School Retreats
A favorite among the students, Jr High & High School Retreats, are also a staple of the spiritual life of the school. To begin the year, we take an overnight retreat with our High School students and a day trip with our Jr High students. This serves as an amazing catalyst for the year, blending a perfect combination of chapel, small groups, student responsibility, relationship building, and the freedom of the students to be themselves. Retreat is absolutely a highlight of every school year.
Senior Mission Trip
At ECS, we instill in our students a desire to engage God’s world and fulfill the Great Commission. Therefore, our seniors have the unique opportunity to go on a senior mission trip as a part of their discipleship experience. ECS has a rich history of missional outreach. Our students have participated in many life-changing mission trips throughout the history of the school.
“Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.” – Psalm 96:3 NKJV
This trip is designed to be a combination of mission and ministry experience, as well as times for group building and fellowship. The Senior Mission Trip is often a life-changing experience for the students, as they see first-hand the deep needs which exist for missions and ministry.