As a Christ-centered school founded on the historic orthodox Christian faith in the Episcopal tradition, St. David’s School is dedicated to welcoming people of all faith backgrounds.
A vital part of the St. David’s experience is exposure to a robust and vibrant Christian life. Realizing that faith and learning are inseparable, we provide students with many opportunities to discover and cultivate their faith during their years at St. David’s.
One of the most important aspects of our Christian Life is when students and faculty gather for regular worship services throughout the week. Our worship services roughly follow the pattern of worship set in the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer, are gospel-centered, and seek above all to honor and glorify the triune God of scripture. Each division gathers once a week for an age-appropriate chapel service, often featuring guest speakers from the local community. Middle and Upper School students also meet once a week for Morning Prayer.
In addition to our formal worship services, there are numerous opportunities for Christian fellowship throughout the week, as well as on- and off-campus Bible studies. Students are also encouraged to pray together, discuss their faith, and study scripture within their assigned advisories throughout the week.
Another important part of Christian Life is missional service. Students are reminded of the opportunity that Christ affords His followers by involving them in His redemptive work. The school’s local Service Day and other service projects are tied to the biblical principal of loving our neighbors, while annual mission trips to Guatemala and Kenya highlight the Christian’s call to fulfill the great commission and our global responsibilities.
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes meets bi-weekly on Wednesday nights for Upper School. Students do not have to be "athletes" to attend.
- Middle School Fellowship of Christian Athletes meets once a month during lunch for Middle School. Students do not have to be "athletes" to attend.
- Both Student-led and faculty-led Bible Studies are offered at various times throughout the week.
Leading in Faith
As students grow in their faith, there are numerous opportunities to take on leadership roles. Older students are encouraged to speak or lead worship during Chapel services, and they may be called to start and lead Bible studies or take on leadership responsibilities within the various fellowship groups that meet on campus. Students who take an especially active role in the Christian life of the school may apply to be a part of a student-run Christian Life Council that coordinates all student-led activity and advises the Chaplain on how Christian life at the school might be improved.
All of these components flow together to create an environment where students are engaged with the gospel of Christ Jesus, have the regular opportunity to apply it to their lives, and are nurtured by a loving, yet challenging community as they grow toward maturity.
In my three short years at St. David's, I was given countless opportunities to lead in significant ways at the school. My time as spiritual life prefect taught me invaluable ministry skills so that I could let the Lord work through me while also helping me grow in my faith.
Jack Tanner '17