Spirituality and religious concepts are woven throughout the Montessori curriculum. Daily prayer and thanksgiving prior to meals are part of the academic life of St. Christopher’s students. The Wednesday morning chapel service begins with Scripture readings and a brief message that highlights a universal principle of the importance of the spiritual dimension of life. Music taught in class and throughout the curriculum is integrated into chapel service, offering a joyous connection to the Spiritual. After the sermon, the community offers prayers. All members of the community are able to pray for their loved ones and other intentions. After the blessing of birthday children and adults, the community greets each other during the time of the “Peace.” At this time the preschoolers leave to go back to their classrooms. The Elementary School students and faculty stay to participate in a Holy Eucharist service. Students receive a blessing or take Holy Communion depending on what their families have decided.
The Sacred Studies program is taught by the Chaplain who meets with the Upper Elementary Students on a regular basis to discuss Holy Scripture and Christian Morality and Ethics. Each graduating 5th Grader is offered an opportunity to deliver a Senior Sermon, which connects the Gospel to their experiences at St. Christopher’s By-the-Sea. Fifth grade students also attend the yearly Episcopal Diocesan Festival where they meet other students from local Diocesan Schools and share talents and experiences.
Community Service is an integral component in the Sacred Studies program and supported by the efforts of the St. Christopher’s PTO. A yearly Food Drive for Thanksgiving and Toy Drive for Christmas to benefit New Life Ministries, solidifies a partnership with our Church. A fundraiser to assist IPAD’s for Soldiers helps US Troops and a partnership with the local Relay for Life has remained solid for years.