Chapel at Grace Christian School is designed to provide a time of worship, biblical instruction, and fellowship. Chapel is held once a week for fifty minutes. Chapel speakers are comprised of local ministers from various churches. We believe that corporate worship is an integral part of a believer’s life. Chapel provides an opportunity to corporately meditate on and glorify God. Students are able to participate in worship by singing, praying, and reading God’s Word. We believe that biblical instruction is imperative for a believer to grow in his/her faith and learn to apply the Word of God to their life. As our students listen and interact with chapel speakers, our desire is to see God’s Word change their hearts and minds to a complete understanding of the value of a life-long relationship with God, the Father, and Jesus Christ, the Son. Fellowship among the students, faculty, and parents provides unity and encouragement among the school community. We believe this unity is essential in creating a non-threatening atmosphere that students can thrive in, not only spiritually, but academically as well.


2019-2020 Chapel Schedule

GCS Chapel services are led by student worship team, One True King, and a different youth/senior pastor
each week from a GCS student’s home church. The monthly topic series are inspired from Life.Church.

GCS family members and friends are always welcome to attend.
Chapel is from 9:45 – 10:45 AM.

September

Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World
As you scroll through your phone, does it feel like everyone else has it altogether? 
Someone always has the best group of friends, nicest house, or happiest relationship.
We're pressured to measure up to other people's social media status updates and left feeling empty.
What does it look like to live a Christ-focused life in a selfie-centered world?

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Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year
GCS traditional chapel service will begin September 11.

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Being Content in a Selfie-Centered World
The more we compare ourselves with others, the less satisfied we become. There are differences between comparing yourself to God’s standard and comparing yourself to the world’s standard.

2 Corinthians 10:12 NLT
Oh, don’t worry; we wouldn’t dare say that we are as wonderful as these other men who tell you how important they are! But they are only comparing themselves with each other, using themselves as the standard of measurement. How ignorant!

Heather Ferguson, Compass Church

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Friendships vs. Social Media Followers
Loving people face to face, not just thumb to thumb.

Romans 12:9-10 NLT
Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection and take delight in honoring each other.

Derick Nicksich, Cool Spring Baptist Church

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Authenticity…The REAL You!
You don’t have to show and tell everyone everything, but you do need someone who knows you.

2 Corinthians 3:13-18
13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Shinwoo Chun, New Hope Baptist Church in Herndon, VA

October

At the MOVIES!
At the Movies is a creative, innovative sermon series where biblical principles are extracted
from modern movies and examined for spiritual truths in plot lines, stories, and characters.

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Lion King
God has a plan and purpose for our life, but Satan’s goal is to distract us from that plan. He uses temptation, lies, shame, and fear to keep us from living out the life God has planned for us.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Amy Adams, Mechanicsville Christian Center

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Inside Out
Inside Out is movie about emotions. Often misunderstood, emotions are a great and beneficial resource created by God to be used to build connection and build relationships between ourselves and others, and between ourselves and God

Hebrews 4:15-16  (NIV)
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.  Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Will Panell, Mechanicsville Church of Christ

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Incredibles 2
Incredibles 2 is a movie about working together as a team. In the same way, God has given gifts to His Church and called His Church to work together in making disciples, serving others, and battling against Satan and his forces. We are better together.

1 Corinthians 12:24-27
But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

Mark Coffey, Mechanicsville Church of Christ

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Despicable Me 2
Jesus warns us to beware of false teaching- lies.  They disguise themselves and look good on the outside, but they lead us away from God's plan for our life.  We must choose to believe the truth in God's Word or the lies the world tries to sell us.

Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Amy Adams and Kristy Wade, Mechanicsville Christian Center

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Greatest Showman
The Greatest Showman is a musical about the birth of show business inspired by the life of P.T. Barnum, an American showman and founder of Barnum & Bailey’s Circus. There are so many themes in this movie that could serve as illustrations for biblical truths and vital lessons for us as followers of Jesus Christ. Today we will focus on priorities.

Matthew 6:33
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

 

 

Will Panell, Mechancsville Church of Christ


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