Lower School Awards Chapel

Lower School Awards Chapel

The end of our journey is now in sight, and we are running full speed towards the finish line! Even though the excitement of a well-deserved break is strong, it doesn’t lessen the emotions that come with change. This change comes in the form of kindergartners who look more like first graders and 6th graders ready to tackle a new adventure! Teachers reflect on those first days of school and just how far each child has come. They know that like years before, the smiling faces that walk through their doors will not be forgotten. 

Today, our FAmily gathered together for the final Chapel of the year. It was a time of celebration and ‘see you laters.’ Chloe F in Mrs. Lewis’s class was the prayer warrior. We learned that she has a kind heart and a love for others. Her prayer helped to start our Chapel and point our focus towards Christ. 

ACSI awards were presented and AR points were added up. Many students received recognition for their accomplishments, and their fellow Lions cheered them on. (For a complete list of recognition for ACSI participants in the Spelling Bee, Math Olympics, Creative Writing Festival, and AR Rewards Trip, please click here!) Our current 6th grade class then passed the baton to our 5th graders and tears were shed as they took their new place in the balcony.

We thanked Will Blaine for simply being our Pastor Will. There will never be another person quite like him and that’s okay! God makes everyone unique and places them in our path for a season. While he will be greatly missed, we know that the next season holds more potential than we can imagine! We hope you enjoy the photos of our celebration below!

Written by Amanda Donaho




Chapel with Tony Brent

This week in our Lower School Chapel, our prayer warrior was Giselle from Mrs. Newman’s 3rd grade class. We learned about Giselle’s kind heart, love for horses, and more importantly her love for God. It was a joy to listen as she prayed for her family and friends!

Chapel brought us a special treat in the form of magic, comedy, and flavored ice! Tony Brent, from the award-winning Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show, amazed the students with his card tricks, ropes and more. Aside from being a wonderful magician, he has a passion for Christ and is actively involved in his church. It was an honor to have Tony with us!

After Chapel, students enjoyed a snack from the Kona Ice truck! They loved sampling the different flavors and spending time with their friends outside.

As the year comes to a close, we are grateful for the students and parents who have helped to make Chapel amazing. From learning about gratitude to patience, we know God planted seeds in each person’s heart throughout the school year and that the seeds will continue to grow for years to come!

Written by Amanda Donaho

Chapel with Pastor Marcio

In our Lower School Chapel this week we celebrated with our sweet fourth grader Lexie as she was baptized. This is an outward symbol of an inward change, and Lexie was so excited to share this with her FA friends. Giving your heart to Christ is the most important decision you can make!

Our drama students led worship and even included an old favorite, “Making Melodies!” We love having an opportunity to worship with our students each week.

This week’s prayer warrior was Travis. We learned that he loves french fries, but loves helping out his friends even more. We enjoyed having him pray and cannot wait to see what the future holds for Travis.

Pastor Marcio from FBC Windermere was our special speaker for the week. He helped the students learn more about patience, which is a hard lesson for us all to grasp! We learned that impatience = selfishness. When you are selfish you hurt God, others, and yourself. Thank you to Pastor Marcio and everyone who came together to create our Chapel time together!

Written by Amanda Donaho

An Easter Chapel

This week in our Lower School Chapel, we celebrated Easter together! Our prayer warrior was Delaney in 4th grade, and we learned that she loves God and others. Thank you, Delaney, for leading us in prayer!

Our drama students then presented an Easter musical under the direction of Cynthia Kime. It was wonderful to hear songs that remind us about Christ’s love and the true meaning of Easter!

Written by Amanda Donaho

The Power of Words

This week in Chapel at the Lower School we had the honor of worshipping with our Upper School Praise Band 1! We are thankful for these amazing students and the talents they shared with us!

Our prayer warrior for the week was Tarique from Mrs. Reynolds’ 5th grade class. We learned that Tarique loves mac and cheese, football, reading, and most of all God.

Our lesson was then brought by one of our Pastor Dads who is also the husband of 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Markham! He taught on our words and how they have power. To illustrate his teaching, he had student volunteers squeeze out all of the toothpaste from their tubes. But to get the prize the students then had to get all the toothpaste back into the tubes. Our words are similar–once they come out, the don’t go back in. Remember, words speak life!

Written by Amanda Donaho

A Peace Filled Chapel

We had an amazing time in Chapel at the Lower School this week! The after school drama students led us in a time of worship, and our prayer warrior for the week was Dylan from Ms. Reynolds’ 5th grade class. We learned that Dylan wants a Siberian tiger, loves fettuccine alfredo, and is a true man of God.

Zach Stoner joined us again and spoke on the new March theme of peace. We learned that peace means proving you care more about each other than about winning an argument. Choosing peace is always the best option.

We look forward to learning more about peace together as March continues!

Written by Amanda Donaho

February Chapel at the Lower School

We had an amazing time in Chapel at the Lower School this week! Jarian Felton helped us focus our hearts and minds on God as we worshipped together. And this week’s prayer warrior was Faith–a 6th grade student who loves running and has more cats than she’d like to mention! Most importantly, Faith loves God.

Our special guest was Taylor Tyson, who holds the title of Miss South Florida Fair 2018. It was an honor to hear her play “Mephisto Waltz” on the piano. Taylor will be competing in the Miss Florida pageant in June.

Will Blaine then taught on our February theme of kindness with a wonderful lesson describing the way God refines us everyday. Many times God will use tough situations with friends and family to draw us closer to Him. Special thanks to Nellie in 4th grade for helping to illustrate this through sandpaper and tools!

Monthly Chapel cards went home today! Be sure to work on this as a family and return to school for a chance at a fun prize! This is a great way to review our monthly theme of kindness with your child!

Written by Amanda Donaho

Chapel and Kindness

In today’s Lower School Chapel our Middle School praise team, under the direction of Mark Goff, led worship. Our students loved having them as a part of Chapel! This week’s prayer warrior was 6th grade student Dakota. We learned that she plays tennis, enjoys history, and loves God. Dakota is a new addition to FA this year, and we are so thankful she is here!

Zach Stoner, a former student of Mrs. Douglas, then spoke on kindness. He focused on being kind to people who aren’t kind to you. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Matthew 5:43-44 ESV

We enjoyed our Chapel time together and look forward to next week!

Written by Amanda Donaho

A Valentine’s Chapel

We had a very special Chapel at the Lower School this week, focusing on kindness, love, and even hot sauce! Our drama students started off Chapel with praise and worship, followed by a fun Boosterthon celebration. Students exceeded their Boosterthon goal which meant Will Blaine had to sample several levels of hot sauce! As you can tell, he had a tough time with this challenge! Thankfully, Pastor Tim was there to help with the fire extinguisher!

Our Prayer Warrior for the week was Haley L from our 6th grade class. We learned that Haley plays volleyball, has three pets, and loves God. Our lesson for the week was on loving others just as Christ loves us. Russ Donaho presented today’s lesson and helped remind students that God calls us to love one another. He ended his teaching time by singing “How He Loves.” We are thankful for the opportunity to worship and learn together on this special Valentine’s Day!

Chapel and Kindness

Our drama students led our worship in Lower School Chapel today and did a wonderful job! Ethan from Mrs. Stevenson’s 1st grade class was our prayer warrior, and then Pastor Will pulled out the hot seat to introduce us to Miss Alli Eppl from Winter Garden’s First Baptist Church. We learned all about her, and look forward to getting to know her even better!

During the teaching time, we learned about kindness from Pastor Will. He spoke about how we show others they are valuable by how we treat them. Avery from 5th grade assisted Pastor Will’s teaching on kindness and the Five Love Languages. And we’ll keep learning more about kindness, because this will be our theme throughout the entire month of February!

And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.” Luke 6:31 (ESV)

We are thankful for a great time in Chapel today!

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