Merry Christmas! We have so much to be thankful for in the Middle School this time of year. Amazing teachers, wonderful families, encouraging chapel speakers, fun events and, most importantly, the wonderful news of God coming to this earth to rescue sinners and provide a way back to God. As stated in our mission statement, we want everything we do at this school to point back to Jesus Christ and we are so thankful that this season provides countless opportunities to do just that.
We have had some incredible chapel speakers over the past couple of months that I would like to highlight. Kenney Bahr, youth pastor at North Church, came in October and spoke to our students about how a relationship with Christ is essential before you can be rooted in him. John Kershinar, associate pastor at Grace Christian Fellowship Church, visited in November and talked about finding rest in Jesus and that being rooted in Jesus means resting in the work that Jesus has done for them. Finally, Paul Funchess, family pastor at Faith Bible Church, came for our most recent chapel and taught the students three truths about God that make his incarnation incredible. We are so thankful that each of these godly men took time out of their busy schedules to come encourage our students and point them back to Christ.
A new tradition that we have started in our Middle School is something called “Chapel Groups”. We end each chapel with application questions the students answer in small groups. In order to promote unity in our Middle School, the groups are made up of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. It has been awesome to see our students branch out and connect with students who are not in their immediate friend circles. It has also been a great opportunity for our 8th grade students to demonstrate leadership as they lead the groups through the discussion questions.
We have been blessed with the opportunity to run two spirit days over the past month. Our first spirit day was our annual “Turkey Bowl” which is exactly what it sounds like – Middle School students bowling with frozen turkeys!
Our other spirit day was our Christmas Spirit Day where the students dressed up in their best Christmas attire and spent the afternoon in different Christmas-themed stations – playing games, completing Christmas outreach activities, making gingerbread houses, etc. We are so thankful for our wonderful staff and parent volunteers who make these spirit days possible!
We are all very excited about the break coming up and pray that it will be restful for both our staff and our school families. Merry Christmas!
Northwest Chrstian Schools
Middle School Principal