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Spiritual Life

"You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates." Deuteronomy 11:20-22

When God's people in the Old Testament were led out of slavery and on the brink of receiving a land all their own, Moses preached a sermon and that sermon is now what we refer to as the book of Deuteronomy. In this farewell sermon by Moses, he instructs the people of God to remember where they came from, precisely the grace God had shown them, and to pass on the knowledge of such grace to their children. In other words, the people under the leadership of Moses were being called to educate their children in the grace and salvation of God.

As Christians, we are in continuity with the Old Testament people of God. The people of old who had been delivered from slavery, would look forward in faith to the day when God would ultimately deliver his people from slavery—not slavery to another nation, but slavery to sin and death—by sending his son, Jesus Christ to save us by his life, death, and resurrection. What the people of God in the Old Testament looked forward to in faith, we now look back to in faith that saving work of God on a cross, two thousand years ago. And, like the people of old, we are tasked with the same calling: to educate our children in the grace and salvation of God and to call one another to remember and rehearse his mighty acts of love.

At Westminster Academy, we have the unique and unspeakable privilege of educating your child wholly. Academically, they are taught with the highest standard of excellence that all truth is God's truth. Socially, they grow in a community of like-minded Christian peers. Spiritually, they grow in the calling of Deuteronomy above as they are taught about the God who loves them, who created them, and when they sinned (and continue to sin!) sent Jesus Christ to set them free and pave the way for a relationship with Him forever.

We take this calling of educating your whole child seriously and yet pursue it with great joy as we see their spiritual lives cultivated. This cultivation happens through an integrated Bible curriculum in grades PK-5, and dedicated Bible classes in grades 6-12. Additionally, the school community worships in age-specific, weekly chapel services (lower, middle, high school) that begins in the fall at each level's spiritual retreat and culminates in Spiritual Emphasis Week in February where added focus is placed, and a guest pastor comes to encourage the students in the love and grace of Jesus Christ.

Most importantly, the thread that connects all of these avenues and that works to ensure the cultivation of your child's spiritual life is the faith in Jesus Christ and reliance upon His gospel of grace that all our faculty and staff profess. As people themselves saved by God's amazing grace, our faculty and staff take great delight in seeing that same testimony take shape and flourish in the lives of all students called to be under their instruction and care.