Currently, Emily Boggess is a junior at Santa Margarita Catholic High School. She is an Academic All American and swims varsity for SM. She holds the 2014 Division 1 CIF record for Girls Varsity 400 Freestyle Relay with Lizzie Devitt, Sydney Franzen and Katie McLaughlin. Mission Hills Christian School is a very special place. It’s a school filled with learning, caring, fun, and the love of Jesus. I could feel it every day I was there. Mission Hills helped to ground me in God’s word and helped to build my faith. It’s a foundation that will be with me for the rest of my life. My education at Mission Hills Christian School was Christ-centered. All the teachers incorporated God’s word into their daily lessons. For example, my math teacher stressed personal integrity every day in her classroom. In history, we learned from Bible-based perspectives. At Mission Hills, I learned the qualities of good character and how to live a truly Christian life. I learned that academic honesty matters more than giving in to the temptation to bring your grade up. I learned to be compassionate to those less fortunate than me. I learned to be forgiving and loving. And I learned that following Jesus means I should try to let His light shine through me in everything I do. My most vivid memory is from my 8th grade religion class. I will never forget my teacher, Pastor Mike Foell, climbing up on the desk and illustrating the baby Jesus in the manger. The informative yet fun atmosphere allowed me to learn so much about the Bible and my faith. In fact, I would constantly amaze my parents with how much scripture I knew from memory. When I started religion classes at Santa Margarita Catholic High School, I had a strong spiritual foundation on which I could rely. I am so thankful that my parents made the decision for me to attend Mission Hills Christian School.
“You shall therefore impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul …. And you shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up.” (Deuteronomy 11:18-19) May 13, 2012, my husband and I were on our 7th move. We had two children, Charlie who had just turned seven and Mya who would be turning five in October. With this move, we had to say goodbye to our kid’s wonderful Christian preschool in Katy, Texas, a school that beautifully planted God in our hearts. I now needed to find a new school that would equip my children to understand the truth about life, the world, and their place in it. I based my search on three pillars I feel shape a child: the home, the church and the school. Deuteronomy 6 tells us that, in all they do, children should be constantly exposed to godly instruction. So, after experiencing public school our first year as California residents, we chose to enroll Charlie and Mya in a faith-based elementary instead. We wanted them to have a setting that offered a safer emotional and spiritual environment, positive influences, a strong curriculum, and the values we taught at home evident at school. Mission Hills Christian School was our first and only choice. When we walked on campus, we clearly observed how the school supplied an education that addressed the whole child: socially, intellectually, emotionally, physically AND spiritually. Children were greeting each other with high-fives, hugs, handshakes, and smiles. Teachers were happy; parents were walking their kids to class and staying after to chat. Volunteers happily gave their time to make sure Mission Hills students reached excellence. It was displayed everywhere! I cannot say enough delightful things about Mission Hills Christian School. The word “mission” describes MHCS perfectly. From faculty to staff, everyone is partnering with us parents on a mission to develop godly children who thrive academically and spiritually. My children are now taught by Christian teachers, and the Bible is one of their textbooks. They will be trained up in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6). And as parents of God’s precious children, we are beyond pleased we chose Mission Hills. When your son gets in the car after school and says right away, “Mom, Please don’t ever take me out of this school. I love it here!” you know you are in the right place. With a smile, I excitedly responded, “Praise God sweet boy. Amen to that!” Charles and Jaema Merrimon
I have the honor of leading the elementary grades in chapel several times a month. I’ve been fortunate enough to lead them for the past 8 years. It’s hard to believe that the kids I led when I first started are now entering college! Most parents I talk to carry a certain amount of anxiety concerning their parenting. It seems like we’re all just trying to mess our kids up less than how our parents messed us up (that might be a over-generalization). Whether that’s true for you or not, one way of helping to point your child towards a bright future is to teach them to be a worshiper. Over the years of leading I’ve learned a few things, sometimes the hard way, on how to lead kids in worship. Below are some practical ideas for leading your kids in worship: