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Spiritual Emphasis Week For Upper School

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Spiritual growth is a fundamental part of the educational experience at Palmetto Christian Academy, and there is no better testament to this commitment than Spiritual Emphasis Week. This special week is a time dedicated to prayer, worship, and reflection for upper school students (grades 6-12) and their parents. It's a time to come together, share, and strengthen their faith. 

This year’s Spiritual Emphasis Week was packed with various activities that allowed students to connect with each other and God in meaningful ways. A new addition this year was the "prayer walk" each morning in different areas of the school, followed by a time of praise and worship. Then during chapel services Wednesday through Friday, students had the privilege of hearing from faculty members, Dr. Jason Hauffe, Mrs. Marcia Siebert, and from a panel of seven high school students on the topics of being godly men and women.

Thank you to all who prayed for God to be at work in our students’ lives this past week! This was a week that deeply resonated with students and faculty:

As Bella De Los Reyes put it, "It was very impactful hearing from the students during Friday's Chapel. It gave us a deeper connection and taught me I am not the only one struggling with things."

Dr. Ryan Parker echoed this sentiment, "I loved having the combined chapel with middle and high school and hearing the different students' struggles and how to overcome them." These shared experiences and stories serve as a source of strength and guidance for all of our students.

George Greene highlighted the importance of the morning worship, stating, "I really enjoyed the morning worship. It was a great addition to this year's Spiritual Emphasis Week. I got to start out my week in a positive way." The power of beginning the day focused on Christ set the tone for the rest of the day.

 Dr. Hauffe, Upper School Bible Teacher, captured the essence of the week's impact, "I was overjoyed by the students, Mrs. Siebert, by the worship and by the conversations students are still having. Every step that is taken towards Christ is a place of great joy." These moments of spiritual growth and connection leave a lasting imprint on the hearts and minds of the Upper School. We are continuing to pray for revival at PCA and the hearts of our students, faculty and staff. Would you continue to partner with us in prayer for God to be at work?

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Upper School Small Groups: Building Community & Connections

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Our middle and high school small groups have officially kicked off here at PCA! The team of small group leaders could not be more excited about being a part of students’ lives and about what the Lord will do this year. Small groups are more than just gatherings; in many ways they are the heartbeat of our school community.

Sophomore Sienna Amos emphasized the transformative power of small groups for students, “Small groups are important for christian teens because it gives you a chance to be vulnerable in front of others who you trust. To share whatever is going on in your life without the fear of being judged.”

At PCA, we are passionate about nurturing not just academic growth but also passionate love for Jesus. Small groups play a pivotal role in seeing this transformation take place. 

These groups provide a place for our upper school students to come together, share their experiences, and apply gospel-centered chapel messages in real life with other students and caring small group leaders. It’s already been a memorable start to this year’s small groups as laughter filled the air and hearts connected through prayer and biblical discussions. We ask that you join us in prayer for our small groups this year as we learn what it looks like to be Set Apart.

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