“Christian school is not to be confused with a Sunday School, or with any other institution that exists to give children instruction in the Bible. The Christian school is an institution that has the function of instructing children in the various departments of knowledge that also constitute the curriculum of the public school: reading, history, science, math, and the other subjects. It does this seven hours a day, five days a week, throughout the school year. This raises the question: What is the distinctive feature of the Christian school that warrants its existence as a separate educational institution? The Christian school certainly does begin each day’s classes with prayer to God and with the reading of the Bible. It does this under the conviction that nothing that man does is profitable, unless God blesses it. Everything must be “sanctified by the word of God and prayer” (I Tim. 4:5). However, these activities of prayer and Bible-reading, although they are important, are not the main reasons for the existence of the Christian school. The distinctive feature of the Christian school is expressed in the word Christian. It is a school that is Christian throughout. It has a Christian foundation; it has Christian teacher; it gives Christian instruction; it provides a Christian moral environment; it has a Christian goal. All of this must be briefly explained.
The starting point is our firm faith that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. The Bible itself teaches this: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God…” (II Tim. 3:16). As the Word of God written, the Bible is the authority for our faith and our life. To believe and live according to God’s Word is the mark of a Christian. A Christian school, therefore, is a school that is founded upon and in every respect in harmony with the Scriptures, the written Word of God.”
Excerpt from “The Christian School: Why?” by David J. Engelsma.
“The Christian school is no new thing. It has a long and honorable tradition. What is new is the willingness of parents who confess Christ to have their children educated in schools from which God’s Word is rigorously banned. During the centuries before the birth of Jesus Christ, the Word of God was central in the instruction that the people of God gave to their children, a God Himself commanded in Deuteronomy 6:6-9. The education provided for the children of the church during the 1,400 years between the time of the apostles and the time of the Reformation of the church in A.D. 1517 was permeated with the Word of God. In this period, the schools were closely connected with the church. After 1517, the Reformers, notable among whom were Martin Luther and John Calvin, were agreed in their zeal for the establishment of schools in which all the children might receive an education. Their concern for schools was only surpassed by their concern for the church herself. But they were also one in their insistence that these schools be founded upon and ruled by the Word of God, the Bible. Those early citizens of our own country who set up schools and universities that were intended to be Christian continued the long tradition of the Christian school.”
(An excerpt from “The Christian School: Why?” by David J. Engelsma . Originally published in the 1960s by the Protestant Reformed Christian School Society in Loveland, Colorado.)
Since we opened our cause with Easyfundraising, we have gained 80 supporters. The total sum that we raised together through this simple method since starting out is a smashing £789.52!
Our goal this year is to raise this total to £1500. How can we achieve that? Let’s do simple maths.
In the last 30 days our cause has raised £43.66. To reach our goal of £1500, £710.48 is still to raise before December is finished. That is 7 months to go! It will take about £100 a month to reach our target. Continue reading Easyfundraising update May 2017
Statements regarding Christian education vs. secular schools by Dr Roy Zuck (faculty of Dallas Theological Seminary):
“Is there really a “Christian view” of science, literature, and history? Aren’t the facts of science, literature, and history the same no matter where they are taught? Yes, the facts are the same. If it’s mathematics, it’s mathematics. If it’s history, it’s history. But it’s the interpretation of the facts that makes the difference. Whether my children attend a secular or a public school, they’ll learn basically the same facts, but in a Christian school they’ll learn to understand, interpret, and analyse those facts from a biblical perspective. The secular vs. Christian school issue is really a question of whether a child will learn to view life from man’s perspective or God’s perspective. From man’s viewpoint, history is purposeless; from God’s viewpoint, history has meaning. From man’s viewpoint, science is the laws of “nature” at work; from God’s viewpoint, science is the outworking of His laws. Continue reading Christian School: why it is right for your child
The following quotes are from Biblical teachers who were equally outspoken on the necessity of Christian education.
J. Gresham Machen (1881-1937)
“Education, Christianity, and the State”
“What has Christianity to do with education: What is there about Christianity which makes it necessary that there should be Christian schools? Very little, some people say. Christianity, they say, is a life, a temper of soul, not a doctrine or a system of truth; it can provide its sweet aroma, therefore, for any system which secular education may provide; its function is merely to evaluate whatever may be presented to it by the school of thought dominant at any particular time. This view of the Christian religion…is radically false. Christianity is, indeed, a way of life; but it is a way of life founded upon a system of truth. That system of truth is of the most comprehensive kind; it clashes with opposing systems at a thousand points. The Christian life cannot be lived on the basis of anti-Christian thought. Hence the necessity of the Christian school” (142,143).” Continue reading Some thoughts about Christian education
This Thursday afternoon, 30th March, a farewell party was held at the school for our head teacher, Mr Stephen McCollum and his wife Brenda and to everyone’s delight their daughter, baby Zoe was also in attendance!
Parents, children, all staff and members of the school board gathered to express thanks and celebrate Mr McCollum’s hard work and dedication to the school over the past two years. Continue reading Farewell to Mr McCollum
Our teacher and his wife recently went to the Netherlands to meet supporters of our School. This first blog post will introduce you to what our teacher did in the Netherlands. You will be able to see just how much Dutch Reformed Christians are doing for us. A second post will follow which will look at the vibrant culture of Reformed Education in the Netherlands.
Continue reading Dank je wel!
“Christian education is as big as God and his revelation. It goes beyond parenting and teachers and classroom instruction to infuse every aspect of the Christian life. It involves not merely donning gospel-centered glasses when we study “spiritual” subjects, but being filled by the very presence of almighty God as we seek by his Spirit to interpret all of reality in light of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (Justin Taylor @ desiringgod.org)
This article is taken from the website www.ayrfreechurchcontinuing.co.uk and is the work of Rev. Gavin Beers. It is the final part of a three part series. Rev. Beers is a member of our School Board.
In our previous articles we have approached the issue of Christian Education by first introducing the concept we are arguing for and then establishing that Christian Education is commanded in Scripture. The implication of both Old and New Testaments for us today is that God requires His people to give their children a Christian Education in all things. The third area that we wish to look in this article is ‘the Conflict’ of Christian Education. Continue reading Christian Education – The Conflict
This article is taken from the website www.ayrfreechurchcontinuing.co.uk and is the work of Rev. Gavin Beers. It is part two of a three part series. Rev. Beers is a member of our School Board.
In the last article we introduced the Concept of Christian Education by looking at a variety of definitions that established the principle end of education as something moral and spiritual. Then we traced how this was the stated philosophy of education for schools, colleges and Universities that were established by the Reformers and which grew out of the Puritan era. It is vital however that we understand that this concept of Christian Education is founded on Scripture. Then men who held it believed in the Reformed Principle – Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone) and endeavoured to make the will of God revealed in the Bible to be their rule for the whole of life. So they asked the question, what does the Bible say about the education? This seems a very obvious thing to do, not at all profound yet it is a question the Church and Christian families have not asked for a long time in UK. Continue reading Christian Education – The Command