Spiritual Life

My favorite part of chapel is worship. It is a much needed break in my week to refocus my attention on God and set aside all other worries. ~Kailey, HCA junior

The Spiritual Life Department provides opportunities for our students to Worship, Walk, and Work for Christ at Harvest Christian Academy

Through weekly chapels, conferences, spiritual emphasis weeks, small groups, and personalized counseling, our goal is to see students integrate faith and life both inside and outside the classrooms.

Who speaks in chapel?

We are blessed to have many guests in our weekly chapels. We want our students to be exposed to a variety of teaching and worship styles. Many of our guests are pastors and worship leaders from Harvest Bible Chapels around the Chicagoland area. They all share our passion to see our students develop a dynamic and growing walk with Christ.

What is taught in chapel?

Our spiritual life team meets throughout the summer to prayerfully consider what the Lord would have us teach our students during the year. Some factors that impact the decision-making process may include: teacher and parental input, observed spiritual needs within the student body, and current student ministry teaching themes.

What is worship like?

Our worship very much parallels what students would experience during student ministry or even during the church’s main services. In fact, many of the church’s worship leaders are frequent guests in our chapels. In addition, we incorporate student- led worship teams that regularly lead our three sections of chapel. Our creative worship team helps model this as students experience worship through creative arts, prayer, scripture reading, service, and many other ways during our worship times.

What makes chapel different than an assembly?

Our weekly chapels allow our student body to gather in order to lift high the name of Jesus through worship and teaching. During this time, students take a break from their studies to get spiritually refreshed. This differs from our assemblies which are meant to provide students opportunities to express their school pride and celebrate various school achievements.

School LevelChapel DayChapel Time
Upper SchoolTuesday8:37- 9:22 AM
Middle SchoolTuesday9:26- 10:11 AM
Lower School Wednesday8:45- 9:20 AM

Mentoring

HCA seniors are given the opportunity to mentor a local student one-on-one. Harvest Christian Academy has partnered with Washington Elementary school through Kids Hope USA. This commitment (one hour a week) is made up of academics, character building and developing a caring relationship with an at-risk child. When kids feel loved and valued, they are better able to learn, grow and succeed.

Spiritual Life Week

Students at HCA will be greatly challenged during our Spiritual Life Week. There will be additional worship and chapels, focusing on the students’ walk with Christ. Additional times of prayer and fasting, outside service projects and the National See You at the Pole day will be opportunities for students to focus their heart on the Lord in different ways. Spiritual Life week occurs annually in September.