This morning GCA’s lower school held a fruitful, combined chapel service where they ranked and sang the top nine hymns of the year! Listed here are the top nine songs of the year:
8- “Lord, I Need You”
6- “Tis’ So Sweet”
5- “Drops in the Ocean”
4- “He Who is Mighty”
2- “This is Amazing Grace”
1- “Soul on Fire”
With help from the student body, everyone joined in fellowship while Mrs. Cox took the time to explain each song’s biblical meaning and applications as they counted down to the number one song of the year! They ended their time together by inviting a student up to the stage to lead everyone in reciting the chapel theme verse of the year that they have all worked so diligently to hide in their hearts!
Key Passages: Colossians 2:6-7
Mark Turner, Family Ministries Pastor at Nansemond River Baptist Church, shared with the students a prayer that the Apostle Paul prayed for the Church in Phillipi. He shared that as Christians first learn to pray that many times they are praying for themselves. He told the students that he wanted to share Paul's prayer and explain how he faithfully prayed for others. Pastor Turner taught the students that they can be confident that God will finish what he started and that they should be patient and trust him and know that it is always going to work out.
Key Passage: Philippians 1:3-11
In this morning’s chapel service, Mrs. Cox laid the foundation for the final month’s theme of the year, “Walking in Him means I will want His will to be done.” She asked the students about things that they wish they were better at. After receiving answers such as gymnastics, karate, and academics, she asked the students who they might go to in order to improve these skills. Likewise, Mrs. Cox taught, the disciples followed Jesus Christ because they wanted to be like Him in every way. One of those ways was through prayer. The disciples asked Jesus to teach them how they should pray. In His answer, Jesus laid out what is now called the “Lord’s Prayer,” in which He prays for God’s will to be done on the earth, as it is in Heaven. Mrs. Cox explained Christ’s prayer while He was in the Garden of Gethsemane, before His crucifixion. In His prayer, He states, “not my will, but your will be done.” Jesus Christ submitted to His Heavenly Father and willingly died for the sake of all mankind. Applying this to students, Mrs. Cox reminded them that they should willingly submit and surrender to His will for their lives because His will for them is so much better than anything they could ever dream up for themselves.
Month Theme: “Walking in Him means I will want His Will to be done.”
Theme Verse: Luke 22:42
Shaun Noble, the Preschool and Children's Minister of Great Bridge Baptist Church, led a chapel this morning on facing fears. He talked with the students about what things they were afraid of and listed children's most common fears. He acknowledged the fact that sometimes in life people face dark and lonely times that are scary. Nevertheless, the Bible speaks of a light that drives out fear. Pastor Noble reminded the students of the story of Jesus calming the storm. While the disciples were afraid, Jesus was sleeping. When they were panicked and asked for Jesus to help, He calmed the storm with his voice. Pastor Noble encouraged the students to remember that in the dark and stormy days, Jesus is with them and they do not need to be afraid.
Mrs. Megan Perry led chapel this morning utilizing the theme, “Kids with Character”, honing in on the trait of generosity. She opened chapel by having the students look at three "tricky pictures" and directed them to describe what they saw. Next, she taught the students that things are not always what they appear to be, but that God always knows the truth. In light of this reality, Mrs. Perry then taught the students the story of the “Widow’s Mite.” She had one of her students dress up as the rich man and walk in very proudly to a container, where he put his offering. He took his time and was quite loud about it to bring as much attention to himself as possible because he wanted everyone to know how "generous" he was being. She explained to the students that even though he gave a lot of money, it was money he had left over after he had paid his servants, land, family, etc. Next a widow came in very quietly. She slipped her two coins in the offering very quickly and went on her way. For her, she didn't have a lot and gave sacrificially. Finishing the story, Mrs. Perry asked the students to share how they could be generous. Giving an array of answers, the students shared that they could donate toys, be generous with their words in order to be an encouragement to others, make something to give to someone else, donate clothes they've outgrown and give their time by spending it with others.
Key Passage: Mark 12:41-44
After a quick review of the monthly themes for the year, Mrs. Cox introduced the theme for the month of April: “Walking in Him means I will make time to spend with him.” She led the students in a “time of honesty” where she asked everyone a series of questions about what things get in the way of spending time with God. The students responded with things such as video games, sports, television, money, obsessing over academics, and worry. After this time, Mrs. Cox read a story titled “Children of the King.” Throughout the story, five orphans attempt to use their talents to impress the king in order to be adopted into his family. Though they all are very talented, only one orphan is willing to give her time and energy to the king. Because the king is not looking to be impressed, he adopts her into his family due to the simple fact that she was willing to spend time with him. This story paralleled the Gospel; while we can get wrapped up in trying to “impress” God through accomplishing many tasks and using our gifts, the one thing that God wants most is for us to spend time with Him. After reading this story to the students, Mrs. Cox explained the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42, emphasizing even more the importance of spending time with God. Along with this, she established the theme verse of the month of April found in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Bible Story of the Month: Luke 10:38-42
Verse of the Month: Matthew 6:33