As a Christian school, one of the objectives for our students is to strengthen their relationship with Christ, and in some cases, come to know Christ. It is also our intent to introduce each child to the notion that they are serving God when they are kind and generous to their neighbors. We teach them that our love of Jesus is reflected in our respect for faith, family, others and self.
Chapel worship is held every week, with two services hosted for second through seventh grade students on Mondays and Wednesdays, and a separate service once a week on Wednesdays for preschool through first grade students. Attendance is required of all students. The Reverend Mark D. Story, Rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Edmond, serves as chaplain and oversees all of the worship planning. Parents are cordially invited to attend all chapel services.
The reading or telling of stories from Holy Scripture is a significant part of the Chapel experience.also a tudents actively participate in the service by using their skills in reading, and singing. Students also serve as acolytes and readers as well as participating fully in the praise of God.
Time is given for individual prayers and expressions of concerns about others. The primary purpose of chapel is to hear God's word in Holy Scripture, rehearse the faith of the church in the Creedal Statement of Belief and offer prayers. Chapel is an offering of each child to the Lord - their thoughts, prayers, hopes, beliefs and dreams.
St. Mary’s Episcopal School recognizes the importance of allowing children the opportunity to grow in areas of self-giving and concern for others, as well as the opportunity to know that they can be a part of improving the quality of human life.
Community outreach and helping others is a hallmark of St. Mary’s Episcopal School through our outstanding Service Learning program 1st through 7th graders embrace a variety of service projects throughout the school year. The students and staff of St. Mary’s are committed to go beyond volunteerism to include service learning in the classroom. Our goal is to help lay the foundation for learning civic participation skills and instilling in the students an understanding of the nature and importance of responsible citizenship that will last a lifetime. Through community outreach programs and civic participation our students will learn that helping others is fun and can make a difference in the lives of others as well as their own.
Some of the 2011-2012 projects included:
St. Mary’s Episcopal School is also an active participating school in The American Red Cross Teacher Sponsor Program. This program is an exciting way to incorporate service, community awareness, and service learning into our teaching curriculum.
WORSHIP and SERVICE LEARNING
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