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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 Hymn Park. Parents are invited to join chapel and worship with their child(ren).
Chapel Theme 2018-2019 The Lord's Prayer
Chapel Theme 2019-2020 New City Catechism

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.

2021-2022 Hymns of the Month