Christian Formation is a pivotal component of the Cross Schools experience. Beginning in preschool and continuing through high school, students engage in Christian Formation through weekly Chapel services, classes, daily devotionals, prayer, and service.
In preschool, weekly classes are offered where students learn Bible stories and children’s songs.
In the K-4 Lower School, students begin using the Positive Action for Christ curriculum for daily devotionals. Weekly Christian Formation classes consist of Bible memory verses, learning about Christian beliefs, and the practices of the Church.
In Middle School, students begin studying the Bible itself, going through an overview of the Old and New Testaments in 5th and 6th grade. In 7th-8th grade, students then learn about living out their faith in real-life circumstances.
In High School, students begin to critically engage Scripture and reflect on theological and ethical issues from a Christian worldview. They will broaden their understanding of what it means to be a Christian leader as they prepare to leave Cross Schools. Finally, in 12th grade, Seniors will have a capstone class and project designed to help them discern their purpose and calling moving forward into adulthood.
Cross Schools offers Chapel services every Tuesday and Wednesday as a regular part of the student experience. Both the Preschool and the K-4 Lower School chapels are held in the gymnasium and led by Ms. Elisabeth Markle. The Middle and High School chapels are held in The Chapel on campus and are led by Pastor Kevin. Both services include worship music, prayers, scripture readings, and a dynamic message geared toward the appropriate age groups.
As part of his role as Chaplain, Pastor Kevin is available for pastoral counseling, pastoral care and visitation, and prayer appointments with all members of the Cross Schools’ community (staff, students, and families). If someone in the Cross community is struggling with social, emotional, spiritual, or ethical issues, whether in or outside school, Pastor Kevin is available to meet with them for spiritual counseling and guidance. Likewise, if a member of the Cross Schools community is in a crisis situation, Pastor Kevin is able to come alongside those involved with spiritual care and guidance.
Pastor Kevin and others are also available by appointment for individual or group prayer. There are a number of reasons someone might consider scheduling a prayer appointment:
At Cross Schools, missions is not just something we do; it’s part of who we are. Cross Schools offers a number of opportunities for students to be involved in local mission projects and service opportunities. One of the largest of these is our annual participation in Operation Christmas Child, which includes an 8th-grade service trip to the regional facility. Additionally, our Micro-Missions Program connects each lower school classroom with a local mission project to serve the community in a variety of ways throughout the school year.
Cross Schools also partners with The Church of the Cross in its local ministry through the God’s Goods Thrift Store and Food Bank. In addition to coordinating the Micro-Missions Program and Operation Christmas Child, Mrs. Leslie Albert also coordinates other various service opportunities throughout the year as they come up.
In-person service opportunities have been limited since March 2000 due to COVID-19.