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Spiritual Life
At Wilberforce we are invested not only in what students learn, but in WHO they become. The spiritual formation of students has both explicit as well as implicit expressions at Wilberforce. There is explicit instruction through morning assembly, prayer, learning the hymns of the month, Bible recitations, Bible lessons, and a weekly time of chapel. These are important habits which shape our Lower School culture as distinctively Christian.

In addition to explicit spiritual formation, there is so much that is implicit; "caught and not taught." All of our teachers have a relationship with Jesus and have signed our statement of faith. Our faculty consider teaching at Wilberforce a calling and are committed discipling and nurturing a genuine faith in their students. Students internalize faith through witnessing the lives of their teachers. Discipline, peer relationships, competition, and even classroom excellence are all addressed through a biblical worldview.

Morning Assembly:
Each morning our students gather for morning assembly. Together with teachers, students recite a habit they are learning to grow in, supported by a Bible verse, sing the hymn of the month, pledge allegiance to the flag, and pray before going to class.

Chapel: Wednesday mornings from 8:10-8:40am
Every Wednesday our Lower School gathers together to worship and learn more about God and His word. Each year the Lower School chapel addresses a new theme. Chapel speakers include outside speakers, faculty or staff, parents, and local pastors. To know the chapel speaker for the each week contact Hyme Park. Parents are invited to join chapel and worship with their child(ren).
Chapel Theme 2022-2023-The Lord's Prayer and Philippians 4:8.

Hymn of the Month:
Each year our students memorize nine hymns. Through a student's entire Lower School experience, they will learn 63 hymns by memory. These hymns provide a rich store of theology and comfort for a child's entire life.

2022-2023 Hymns of the Month

September: All Creatures of our God and King—Francis of Assisi
October: I Will Glory in My Redeemer—Sovereign Grace
November: We Gather Together-Anonymous
December: Joy to the World—Watts
January: O God, Our Help in Ages Past
February: My Hope is Built on Nothing Less
March: Great is Thy Faithfulness—Chisholm
April: In Christ Alone—Getty and Townend
May: Praise My Soul the King of Heaven