Faith is the foundation of Riverdale Baptist School. It molds every decision we make. It guides us as we educate the next generation and gives us hope for future. RBS integrates our Christian faith into all activities of the school day. Classes are opened in prayer. Students attend weekly chapel services and Bible is taught daily. Throughout the year we also have events that are designed to refresh the spirit and mind and help our students grow in their personal walk with Christ.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9, NKJV
Each week on Thursday, RBS students gather together for chapel. Split into elementary, middle and high school, chapel offers each age group a chance to worship, learn and grow in their walk with the Lord. In addition, chapel gives students a chance to experience faculty and staff in an environment outside of the classroom. High school chapel starts at 9 am, elementary at 10:45 am and middle school chapel at 12:15 pm. Parents are welcome to attend but must sign in with the main school office as a campus guest unless it’s a special service (awards, National Day of Prayer, etc.).
If you would like to get involved helping with Chapel services (setup, breakdown, worship, preaching, etc.), please contact Rev. Darius Merritt.
Spiritual Emphasis Week takes place each fall as school gets started. Its a week of daily chapel services for middle and high school students that is designed to set the spiritual tone for the school year. Featuring guest speakers from around the community, Spiritual Emphasis Week is always a highlight of the school year.
SEE YOU AT
See You at the Pole is a student-led meeting that takes place at 7am in September each year. Intended to be an organic gathering of students, parents, faculty and staff joined together at the flag pole in front of the school, praying for our nation. For more information, please visit www.syatp.com.
DAY OF PRAYER
Because of the faith of many of our founding fathers, public prayer and national days of prayer have a long-standing and significant history in American tradition. The Supreme Court affirmed the right of state legislatures to open their sessions with prayer in Marsh vs. Chambers (1983).
The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our heritage. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863. In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Last year, all 50 state governors plus the governors of several U.S. territories signed similar proclamations.
“Fasting and prayer are religious exercises; the enjoining them an act of discipline. Every religious society has a right to determine for itself the time for these exercises, and the objects proper for them, according to their own particular tenets; and right can never be safer than in their hands, where the Constitution has deposited it.”
—Thomas Jefferson, 1808