Christian Formation is a central component of the Cross Schools experience. All students, preschoolers through High School, 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 K-6th grade, Cross Schools uses DeepRoots Bible Curriculum. This curriculum incorporates classroom learning and take-home units to encourage parental engagement in their children’s spiritual formation. This curriculum places a special emphasis on instilling a Biblical worldview while encouraging love for Jesus and forming a faith that transforms the students’ lives.
In 7th grade, students dive into the world of critical thinking where they are prepared to form thoughtful opinions and to become discerners of truth. The Gospel of John serves as a foundational text for Bible study and life application.
In 8th grade, our emphasis shifts to serving the world. Students learn about missions and our call as Christians to serve the world and reach the lost. The highlight of this year is our annual trip to the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Processing center in Charlotte, NC where students prepare gifts to be sent to children in need around the world.
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.
Cross Schools offers an Anglican Eucharist Chapel service every Wednesday as a regular part of the student experience. Services include student-led worship music, prayers, scripture readings, and a relevant message. Families are invited to join their students in worshiping God once a month at our regular Family Chapels.
Prayer and Care
Father Nathan Weaver, Director of Spiritual Life, is available for pastoral care, visitation, counseling, and prayer appointments with all members of the Cross Schools’ community (staff, students, and families).
Missions and Service
At Cross Schools, missions are 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. In the spring of 2024, we will be taking our first graduating class to Costa Rica where they will be serving as short-term missionaries helping with community relief and children’s ministry. This will become an annual capstone experience for all of our graduating seniors.
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.