Worship services and Christian Education classes provide opportunities for our students to deepen their relationships with God.
River Ranch Campus
Preschool students attend informal chapel services once a week on Wednesdays at 8:45am in the Ark. Regardless of their faith traditions, students are encouraged to participate in prayer and song.
Weekly Christian Education instruction for Preschool students includes Bible story activities, art, music, projects, and outreach opportunities. Knowing a loving God is a major concept that is important to help children develop in early childhood. The “What would Jesus do?” approach is a level of understanding Preschool children can grasp and use in dealing with each other and their families.
Downtown students in grades 1-4 attend chapel every morning at 7:30am. Middle school students in grades 5-7 attend chapel every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 10:00am. All Downtown students celebrate Holy Eucharist bi-weekly on Thursdays. Regardless of their faith traditions, students are encouraged to participate in prayer and song.
Lower school Christian Education classes meet weekly for 1st grade and on a rotating schedule in 2nd-4th Grades. Curriculum focuses on themes of how our actions honor God through appropriate scriptures and stories from both the Old and New Testaments. Students in 3rd grade learn basic Bible applications and how to look up scripture. All lower school students study traditions, the church calendar and colors that are associated with such.
Christian Education classes at the Middle School level takes a deeper look at studying scripture. Fifth and sixth graders focus on the Old Testament,
and seventh graders do an in-depth study of the Holy Land, the Gospel of Mark, and the life of Jesus.
Sugar Mill Pond Campus
The Christian Education curriculum at our Sugar Mill Pond campus builds upon the foundation laid in earlier grade levels at Ascension. After taking a survey course on the New Testament scriptures during their 8th grade year, students examine the Christian faith from several different angles: historically in the 9th grade year, comparatively in the 11th grade year, and personally in the 12th grade year.
SMP’s Christian Education curriculum is augmented through the campus’ Chapel program. With services following The Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer, chapel services occur three times per week and celebrations of the Holy Eucharist occur bi-weekly. Chapel is our SMP community’s time to gather to hear and meditate on Holy Scripture and offer prayers and praise to God as people of faith. The Holy Eucharist, the Church’s principal act of Christian worship, is the sacrament commanded by Christ for the continual remembrance of His life, death, and resurrection until His coming again.
It is through Christian Education, Chapel, and Eucharistic celebrations that Sugar Mill Pond joins with all of Ascension in living out our identity as a Christian school in the Anglican tradition. In all of this, the overall goal is to provide students the opportunity to grow in mind, body, and spirit so they will come to know God as love and also recognize His love for them.