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Midland Christian Elementary School
1902 Northrup Dr.
Midland, TX 79705
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We are so glad that you have chosen Midland Christian School for your child's education and we are praying that the 2018-2019 school year will be one of the best ever. The purpose of this handbook is to provide you with all the information you need to know about our school's policies and procedures. Please reread it as there are a few changes this year. If you have any questions or concerns, after reading through the handbook, please feel free to come by our office and visit with us. We are always happy to get to know you.
In Christ's Love,
Cristen Coulter, Betty Linthicum, Judy Wallum
Prekindergarten 8:15 - 2:00
Kindergarten 8:15 - 2:30
Primary Grades (1 - 3) 8:15 - 3:15
Intermediate Grades (4 - 6) 8:30 - 3:30
The mission of Midland Christian School is to assist parents in leading students to love God and to seek truth by training them in a Christ-centered environment that emphasizes moral and academic excellence and inspires them to develop their God-given talents for lives of Christian leadership and service.
Midland Christian School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students of the school.
Excused Absences: Regular and punctual attendance is important in maintaining continuity in the learning process. There are times when it is necessary for a student to miss classes due to personal illness, serious illness, death in the family, or school-related events. These absences are considered excused, and the student will be given an opportunity to make up class work missed. Parents need to call the school office (694-4027) no later than 10 a.m. when a child is going to be absent or late. If you wish to pick up make-up work after school is out, please tell the receptionist when you call in the absence.
PLEASE do NOT contact the classroom teacher to ask for work. Make-up work will be placed on the white shelves between the office and the stairs. Students will be allowed two days for the first absence and one day for each successive absence to complete their make-up work.
Unexcused Absences: Absences are considered unexcused when no reason is given or when the reason given is unacceptable (such as: visiting the beauty or barber shop, sleeping late, shopping, studying for tests, preparing for parties, etc.) An Unexcused Absence will be given for five (5) Unexcused Tardies.
All EARLY CHILDHOOD, PRIMARY and INTERMEDIATE students leaving school during the regular school day must be signed out in the office of their building. If a student needs to leave school during the day for an appointment, a note should be given to the teacher in the morning stating the reason and the time the student will be picked up.
A parent/guardian must sign his/her child out on the daily sign-out sheet at the reception desk in the foyer. The student will then come to the desk to meet their parent.
It will be couted as a half-day absence for Early Childhood students who arrive after 9:30 a.m. or leave before 12:30 p.m. Primary students who arrive after 10:00 a.m. or leave before 1:30 p.m. and for Intermediate students who arrive after 10:15 a.m. or leave before 1:45 p.m.
Tardies: The tardy bell rings at 8:15 a.m. for grades PK-3 and 8:30 a.m. for grades 4-6. Students should be in their classrooms when the bell rings. If a student is tardy, the parent should come into the school office to sign in the student and to record the time of arrival or send a note with the child stating the reason for the student's late arrival. Excessive unexcused tardies will reflect on Perfect Attendance awards because five tardies equal an absence for grades K-6th. Please make every effort to be at school on time.
Family Trips: We discourage trips of any kind while school is in session as any absence affects the learning process. This is especially true in the primary and intermediate grades where so many of the activities missed cannot be made up. When trips are necessary, such as for serious family illness or death in the family, we request the following action:
1) Notify each teacher IN WRITING prior to leaving town (at least 24 hours in advance if possible).
2) Make arrangements for make-up work as approved by the teacher or teachers involved.
Arrival at School
Prekindergarten & Kindergarten: If you arrive before 8:15 a.m., go to the designated unloading area at the front of the Early Childhood Building where an aide will be on duty. After 8:15, you will need to park and walk your child to the appropriate classroom.
1st-3rd Grades: Before 8:00, please take students to the Lee Student Life Center. Aides will be on duty at that location at 7:30 each morning. Children should not be in the classroom prior to 8:10 because teachers are taking care of their morning responsibilities. At 8:00 or later, first, second and third grade students may be dropped off in the circle drive at the front of the Elementary building.
PLEASE do not take your children directly to their classroom. They are to wait in the foyer until the bell rings.
After School Care: If After School Care is needed, you will need to make arrangements with the Director of the After School Care Program. Enrollment is required and is billed at a flat monthly rate. Drop ins are NOT accepted.
4th-6th Grades: These students are not allowed upstairs before 8:20 each morning. Before 8:20 a.m., the students need to go to the Student Life Center. Students are not to wait in the stairwells or outside by the benches. After 8:10 a.m., Intermediate students may be dropped off in the DRIVE THROUGH at the SOUTH END of the Elementary building. They may then wait in the foyer until time to go upstaairs. Please drop off your children at the propper locations and at the proper time so that they will be supervised at all times while they are at school.
All primary students (grades 1-3) receive an award at the award ceremony. This ceremony is held at the end of the year. Intermediate students (grades 4-6) receive awards based on their grades (All A and A-B Honor Roll) and achievements, so not all receive an award.
Textbooks are issued to all students, and it is their responsibility to properly care for these materials. Any student who loses or abuses a textbook will be required to pay for its replacement. All textbooks must be covered. Please do not damage textbooks by using contact paper, duct tape or self-stick covers.
Bringing Items to School
Extra money, cell phones, ipods, mp3 players, hand-held games or items of extreme value, such as expensive jewelry and watches, should not be worn or brought to school at any time. Non-educational items such as cell phones or toys (i.e. Game Boys, CD players) detract from the planned activities during class and can cause disruption before and after school. PLEASE do NOT allow your child to bring any item of this type.
All students in grades PK-6 will eat lunch in the Student Life Center. Students must either bring a sack lunch or purchase the meal served in the cafeteria. Students in grades 4-6 may only microwave food that is in a microwavable container and takes two minutes or less to warm. The younger students are NOT allowed to use the microwaves. Students must order a lunch if they do not bring a lunch from home or plan to eat with their parents on or off campus. Skipping lunch is NOT an option. We want all of our students to eat lunch every day to ensure better learning.
There will be NO Fast Food Day in the Student Life Center. Parents may take students out for lunch any day. Students may leave campus during lunch WITH THEIR parent AFTER that parent has signed them out in the office of the Elementary building (first through sixth grades) or the office in the Early Childhood Building. (PreK and Kindergarten.) Please notify the teacher ahead of time, if at all possible. You must sign your child back in when you return. Parents may eat in their cars or outside on the picnic tables with their children ONLY. Please do NOT take your child to lunch before their scheduled time. If a group is going to lunch together, each child must be signed out by his/her parent. Notes are not sufficient.
Lunch charges are:
All Elementary trays are $ 3.75 per meal
Milk and Ice Cream cost $1.25 per item
Chick-fil-a costs $5.00 per box meal
MCS has lunch accounts online. New parents will need to create an account so money can be added to your child's account. You will need to go to K12paymentcenter.com to set up lunch accounts and to add money. You may still send checks or cash for lunches to the High School office, or Elementary Office but to keep accounting entries to a minimum, payments must be $20 or more. It really helps us when you are sending the correct amounts and checking on your child's account regularly.
Lunch times are:
PK - 10:45 - 11:10 Kinder 11:25 - 11:50
1st Grade 11:05 - 11:30 2nd Grade 10:55 - 11:20 3rd Grade 11:15 - 11:40
4th Grade - 11:55 - 12:20 5th Grade 11:35 - 12:00 6th Grade 11:45 - 12:10
Please check your child's balance every week.
Early childhood, Primary and Intermediate students will NOT be permitted to buy drinks, chips or other items from the vending machines during lunch time. Students may not bring soft drinks from home. Lunchables with cola drinks should not be brought to school unless the colas ahve been removed. NO DRINKS WITH HIGH SUGAR OR HIGH CAFFEINE CONTENT OR DRINKS IN GLASS CONTAINERS ARE NOT ALLOWED.
PLEASE DO NOT BUY FOOD FOR OTHER STUDENTS.
Students are not allowed to use or visibly possess a cell phone during school hours. If a cell phone is seen or heard or reported to a staff member, it will be taken up and not returned for 3 days. At that point a parent may pick up the phone in the elementary office by paying a fine of $25. Repeated violations of the personal cell phone policy will result in additional disciplinary action.
All MCS students will attend daily Chapel. Students in grades Prekindergarten through Six (PK-6) will attend Chapel in the Student Life Center 8:40-9:00 on Tuesdays through Fridays. An all school Chapel will be held on Mondays in the Thomason Gym from 9:20-9:40. Parents are invited to participate with us in these periods of devotion, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEIR CHILDREN ARE ACTIVELY PRESENTING THE PROGRAM OR RECEIVING RECOGNITION.
Every Friday we recognize students who have a birthday that week. Every Friday we recognize students who have birthdays that week. Your child's teacher will let you know when your child is being honored.
Communication with Parents Living in Separate Households:
In the case of divorce or separation, the school needs a copy of the necessary court papers and will communicate with the parent or guardian who has legal or primary custody of a student. Arrangements can be made through the school office for non-custodial parents to receive school information.
MCS exists primarily for the purpose of making Christ and Christian principles the dominating influences in the lives of its students. Disciplinary guidelines are deemed necessary by the Administration of Midland Christian for the orderly operation of the school, for physical safety, for the establishment of an atmosphere conducive to learning, and for the accomplishment of our stated purposes. Disciplinary action will be administered as uniformly and consistently as possible, while at the same time recognizing that each student and each incident must be assessed individually in regard to background, attitude, and habitual occurrence.
Disciplinary action can include a verbal or written warning, notification of parents, After-School Detention, corporal punishment, suspension (ISS-in school or at home), disciplinary probation, or expulsion. It should be noted that several offenses are considered to be of such serious nature as to warrant suspension or expulsion following the first incident.
DRESS CODE FOR PK—6TH GRADE:
1. Radical hairstyles are not appropriate (i.e. shaved areas on head, mohawks). Boys’ bangs must NOT touch the eyebrows. Girls are not to color their hair an unnatural color.
2. Young men should keep their hair clean and well groomed at all times. The hair should not be longer in the back than the bottom of the collar on a regular dress shirt, nor be longer than the bottom of the ear on the sides. Boys are not to wear headbands and permed hair must be neat and well-groomed.
1. No piercings except girls’ ear lobes.
2. NO TATOOS except MCS Cheek Cheers sold by cheerleaders.
3. Jewelry or bracelets with inappropriate or suggestive language are not to be worn by boys or girls.
1. Shirts cannot be too tight or low cut in front or back . No spaghetti strap blouses. NO TANK TOPS or racer-back shirts. Shirts/blouses are to have regular cut armholes.
2. Straps and any other part of underwear are not to show at any time. Undergarments should NOT be visible through clothing. 3. Skin around the midriff should not be visible.
3.Skin around the midriff must not be visible.
4.NO skulls, crossbones, or insulting wording on clothing.
1. Pants should not be too low (no sagging pants) or too tight. Do not wear oversized, baggy or skin-tight pants and pants with words printed across the bottom are not allowed.
2. Ragged, holey or distressed jeans with worn spots (fake or real) are not to be worn.
3. All shorts, skirts, or dresses (including slits in skirts or dresses) must touch the top of the knee cap. Girls MUST wear shorts or leggings under their skirts/dresses.
1. Leggings will be allowed but should not be TOO tight and cannot have any mesh or see-through sections.
2. When wearing leggings, the top/shirt worn must be finger-tip length or longer. (When the child's hands are placed at her side, the top must come to the bottom of the longest finger.)
Students are not allowed to use or visibly possess cell phones, iPod/MP3 players, CD players, games, etc., or to wear earphones at any time during school hours. If a cell phone is seen, heard, or reported, it will be taken for 3 days and the parent will have to come to the office and pay $25 to pick up the phone.
Drills for fire, tornado, and unexpected situations requiring a lock down will be practiced periodically during the school year. Please talk to your children about the reasons for these drills so they will not be anxious when they occur.
Field trips may be scheduled throughout the year to supplement areas of study. Occasionally, students may be asked to pay an admission fee; however, no student will be excluded from attending because he is unable to pay. A "Permission for Field Trips" form, signed by the parent or legal guardian, must be on file at the school in order for a student to participate in field trips. The permission form needs to be filled out online at the beginning of the school year. Parents will be notified in advance of scheduled field trips.
Food and Treats / Water
MCS encourages all parents to bring HEALTHY treats for snacks instead of sweets such as cookies and candy. Teachers must be consulted regarding occasional treats brought to school for special events, such as birthdays. For safety and health reasons, such as severe allergies, please check with the teacher prior to the event. GUM IS NOT ALLOWED AT ANY TIME.
ONLY PLAIN WATER is allowed in water bottles used in the classrooms.
Inclement Weather Procedures
In the event of severe weather (especially snow storms), MCS will follow the same school closig procedures as public schools. Please listen to the local media for this information. However, please not that when MISD has early dismissals, MCS does not, although parents may pick their children up early.
At MCS, we ask students to participate in two (2) fundraising activities each year: the Magazine Sale and the Mustang Run. We encourage your support of these important activities. These fundraisers directly support student activities, instructional and athletic programs.
The Midland Christian School Grading Scale is as follows:
A = 90 - 100 B = 80 - 89 C = 70 - 79 F = 69 and below
The Grading Scale for Kindergarten is:
E = Excellent S = Satisfactory N = Needs Improvement U = Unsatisfactory
The Grading Scale for Pre-Kindergarten has only two levels:
S = Satisfactory N = Needs Improvement
Students in classes that are upstairs are assigned lockers. These lockers may NOT be decorated on the outside of the locker but pictures, mirrors, etc. may be put on the inside of the lockers. Parents and students are NOT to use the lockers for party invitations or special treats for selected students because it hurts feelings of those not included. Lockers may be decorated for birthdays but must be taken down the following day.
Lost and Found
Please mark all items of clothing (especially MCS shirts) and supplies with your child's first and last names. Items properly labeled will be returned to the child. Other student property will be placed in the Lost and Found. You may check with office personnel about lost articles at any time. Jewelry, money, glasses, and watches are placed in the office. Items not claimed will be given to a charitable organization at the end of the year.
The School Nurses is on duty from 8:00 - 4:00 each day. If it is necessary for a parent to be contacted concerning an illness or injury at school, the nurse will make the call, not the student. All medications are administered by clinic staff and must comply with the following guidelines.
1. All medication, prescription or over-the-counter medicine to be given must be in the original container and be accompanied by a dated permission slip signed by the parent/legal guardian along with instructions for any over the counter medication. Prescription drugs will be given as indicated on the label. No medications will be supplied by MCS.
2. ANY STUDENT WITH A FEVER OF 100.5 OR ABOVE WILL BE SENT HOME. ALL CHILDREN SHOULD BE FEVER FREE FOR 24 HOURS BEFORE THEY RETURN TO SCHOOL
Memos and Notes
Memos and notes are sent home periodically to notify parents of upcoming events, school news and other important information. The only way the school has to send these notes home is with the students. Please urge your children to bring all communication home. It is helpful if you make a habit of looking through all folders and backpacks for any information or memos that your child might have forgotten to give you. Notes and information will also be sent through our BlackBaud email so please be sure your email information is entered and updated as needed.
Parking and Traffic Regulations
When visiting the campus, please park in the lots across from the school or on the curb. Please note that there is NO parking in the pull-through lanes in front of each building - ESPECIALLY at each entrance or during school hours. PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN FRONT OR AT THE SIDE OF OUR NEIGHBORS' HOUSES!
As the safety of our children is our top priority, please slow down and drive carefully on Sinclair and Northrup, especially during peak traffic times beginning at 7:30.
After School Pick-up
To lessen our traffic problems, we need your help. First, common courtesy and patience will make the pick-up time less stressful. Second, please do not visit with your child's teacher or your friends in the pick-up lines as this can cause unnecessary delays for other parents. PLEASE BE PROMPT in picking up your children. AFTER SCHOOL CARE IS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE STUDENTS WHO CANNOT BE PICKED UP WITHIN 15 MINUTES AFTER DISMISSAL.
Prekindergarten: (2:00) loads at the south drive-through at the end of the Early Childhood building. Please enter the drive-through off of Sinclair in front of the Secondary Building and drive around to the front of the building.
Kindergarten: (2:30) loads at the south drive-through at the end of the Early Childhood building. Mrs. Warpula's and Mrs. Sosa's classes load at the small drive-through at the end of the Elementary Building.
1st grade: (3:15) loads at the southeast corner of the Elementary building.
2nd grade: (3:15) loads at the front drive-through of the Elementary building.
3rd grade: (3:10) Some classes load at the McGraw Gym, unless an event is there, then they will load at the horse by the football field
4th grade: (3:30) loads at the southeast end of the Elementary building. Please turn off Gulf and drive through the parking lot at the east side of the High School until you get to the area between the Early Childhood Building and the Elementary.
5th grade: (3:30) loads at the Student Life Center by the horse at the football field. Please do NOT arrive early because if events are in the McGraw Gym, 3rd grade has to load there at 3:10.
6th grade: (3:30) loads at the front drive-through of the Elementary building. Please do NOT arrive early because 2nd grade loads there at 3:15.
Prekindergarten, Kindergarten and After School Care: Please enter the drive-through off of Sinclair in front of the Secondary Building and drive around to the front of the Early Childhood Building. PLEASE STAY IN YOUR CAR, Afterschool Care students must be signed out by a parent.
1st—6th grade: You may come through the pickup lines and let the teachers load your child, or you may park on the curb in the area that is adjacent to the school (not in front of our neighbors' homes) to come get your child.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT SIGNS ARE POSTED FOR NO PARKING IN SOME AREAS. If you park on the curb and want to visit with other moms, please take your child and move away from the loading area. If you have gotten one child and are waiting for another, please supervise the first child by keeping him/her with you.
PLEASE FOLLOW MAP DIRECTIONS!!
ALL GRADES: Please do not wait inside the building or immediately outside the exit doors if you are waiting for your child. Please allow the teacher to get all of her class outside before picking up your child. This helps her to keep track of all of her students during this busy time of the day.
If you have children in both the Primary and Intermediate departments, your younger child may go to the older child's pick up area ONLY AFTER HIS/HER GRADE LEVEL IS FINISHED LOADING AND RETURNS TO THE FOYER. Please let your child's teacher know if you want to pick up at one place.
Regardless of where you pick up, PLEASE BE SURE THE TEACHER KNOWS THAT YOU HAVE YOUR CHILD
Pick-up and Drop-off Maps
Parties may be held in the classroom if the teacher is agreeable. If the teacher approves a pizza party that is just for one class, it must be in the classroom, NOT the Student Life Center. PLEASE use discretion when choosing treats. (No red drinks, gooey cake, etc.) Also, PLEASE do not serve anything with bright-colored icing.
Invitations for birthday or other parties that are passed out at school must be given to every child in the class. If only a few are invited, the invitations need to be mailed directly to those students. Please do NOT put invitations in cubbies or lockers. Birthday treats may be shared in the classroom if the teacher is agreeable or in the lunchroom, if the parent passes them out. Aides do NOT have time to pass out treats.
Every child is expected to participate every day. If your child is not able to participate, we must have a note from the parent. After 3 days of not participating, a doctor's excuse must be brought to the office. All students are required to wear tennis shoes in P. E. class. If your child does not want to wear tennis shoes to school, he/she can bring a pair to change into for P. E.
SCHOOL PICTURES are made each fall and spring. Purchase is elective. All students will have their pictures taken for the yearbook.
Progress Reports / Report Cards
Every effort will be made to communicate with parents concerning academic performance. In addition to report cards (issued each six weeks), teachers will communicate with parents by sending Progress Reports, as necessary. BlackBaud may also be utilized by parents to check grades.
It is vital that the school has the most recent information about every student. If there are any changes during the year, such as address, phone, cell phone numbers, or medical information, please inform the teacher and the Main Office so we can make the appropriate changes.
Teachers determine what beginning of the year supplies are needed for their students, and those items are purchased by the school. Parents will be billed the supply fee for these supplies prior to the start of school. The parents are then responsible for replenishing supplies as the year progresses.
All students in Grades K-6 will be tested at least two times each year on the NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) computer test. Parents will be notified of the times and the results of the student testing.
Request forms may be available online in the spring of 2019. You will be notified of the exact date. All requests are prayerfully considerred along with teacher input and other factors. PLEASE do NOT tell your child whom you requested because they may not get that teacher. There are many factors that are considered placing a child in a class.
The MCS phone system is for business purposes only. Students are not allowed to use school phones except in emergency situations, such as needing a change of clothes. Students should not be having to call for forgotten homework, lunches or illness. The nurse takes care of all illness calls, so PLEASE do not tell your child to call you if he/she is not feeling well.
To ensure the safety of students, all doors of the Early Childhood and Elementary will be locked at 8:30a.m. each morning. Parents and all other visitors must come to the front doors to be buzzed in by the receptionist. Parents will stop at the reception desk to get a visitors pass (which is to be returned to the receptionist before leaving). We also request that you please leave lunch boxes, money, books, etc.(that students may have forgotten) at the receptionist's desk and an aid will make the delivery.
After-Hour visitors are not allowed to come into the building for items left at school. Custodians are NOT to let anyone in after hours.
Statement of Faith
At Midland Christian School, we believe that the following are longstanding principles of scriptural truth based on the Bible, the constant moral teachings of our forefathers:
WE BELIEVE the Bible, the only infallible, authoritative word of God in all matters of faith and conduct, to be inspired by the Holy Spirit. No one has the authority to add to or take away from the word of God. Deuteronomy 4:2; Psalm 19:7-9; Proverbs 30:5-6; I Corinthians 2:13; Galatians 1:8-9; II Timothy 3:15-17; II Peter 1:20-21; Revelation 22:18-19
WE BELIEVE that there in one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Genesis 1:1-3; Isaiah 44:6-8; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 12:29; John 1:1-4; Acts 5:3-4; II Corinthians 13:14
WE BELIEVE in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit; the creator of all things, visible and invisible, in the heavens and on the earth, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of each person, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He, and only He, saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. Genesis 1, 21:33; Isaiah 40:28; Exodus 33:14; John 4:24; Revelation 4:8; Romans 11:33-34; Jeremiah 32:17; Ephesians 1:19-20, 3:9; Jeremiah 31:3; Romans 5:8; II Samuel 24:14; I John 5:14-15
WE BELIEVE in God the Son, Jesus Christ the Savior, the only begotten Son of God, in His deity, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His substitutionary and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His continuous intercession for His people, and in His personal return in power and glory. John 1:1, 2, 14, 18; John 3:16; Luke 1:34-35 & 24:27; Hebrews 4.-15; Romans 3:23-26 & 8:34; Mark 8:38; Matthew 24:30; I Corinthians 15:3-4
WE BELIEVE in God the Holy Spirit, the Helper and Comforter, in His daily guidance and revelation of truth, in His conviction of sin, righteousness and judgment, and in His indwelling presence at the moment of salvation, enabling believers to live godly lives. John 3:5-8, 14:16-17 & 16:13-14; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 4:30-32 & 5:18
WE BELIEVE we are created in God's image, but because we sin, we become separated from God and in need of salvation. Regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for salvation through the repentance from sin and the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We receive the gift of salvation only by accepting God's invitation to enter into a covenant relationship with Jesus, placing our trust and faith in Him, and obeying His command to be immersed in water, which reflects the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. No one comes to the Father except through Jesus Christ and there is no other name under heaven by which we are saved. Isaiah 59:2; John3:5-8, 16; 5:24; 14:6; Acts 2:21, 37-39, 4:12; Romans 3:10-11, 23; 6:3-4, 23; I Corinthians 15:1-4; Ephesians 1:6-7, 2:1-10; Titus 3:3-8; I Peter 1:23
WE BELIEVE in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost—the saved unto the resurrection of eternal life and the lost unto the resurrection of eternal separation from God. Luke 16:19-26; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:11-15
WE BELIEVE in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, all of whom are added by God to the church, which is Christ's body on earth and of which He is head. Just as Christ is not divided, His church should not be subject to human divisions. We are called by God to gather regularly to worship and to be active in participation so that we may be mutually encouraged and so the body will build itself up as each part carries out its particular function. Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:42-47, 20:7; Romans 15:5-6; I Corinthians 1:10-13, 11:23-26, & 12:13; Ephesians 1:22-23, & 4:3-6, 11-16; Colossians 1:18; Hebrews 10:25; I Thessalonians 5:11
WE BELIEVE that we should put away the desires of the sinful nature and, led and empowered by the Spirit, live godly lives worthy of the calling we have received, not for the purpose of earning salvation (which is a gift from God and cannot be earned), but in response to the incomparable riches of God's grace. Galatians 5:16-26; Ephesians 2:4-10, 4:1, 5:1-20; Titus 2:11-14; II Peter3:11
WE BELIEVE that marriage is a permanent, exclusive, comprehensive, and conjugal “one flesh” union of one man and one woman, intrinsically ordered to procreation and biological family, and in furtherance of the moral, spiritual, and public good of binding father, mother and child. Genesis 1:27-28, Genesis 2:18-24, Matthew 19:4-9, Mark 10:5-9, Ephesians 5:31-33
WE BELIEVE that sexual acts outside of marriage are prohibited as sinful, including without limitation, adultery, fornication, incest, zoophilia, pornography, prostitution, masturbation, voyeurism, pedophilia, exhibitionism, sodomy, polygamy, polyamory, sologamy, or same-sex acts. Exodus 20:14, Leviticus 18:7-23, Leviticus 20:10-21, Deuteronomy 5:18, Matthew 15:19, Matthew 5:27-28, Romans 1:26-27, I Corinthians 6:9-13, I Thessalonians 4:3, Hebrews 13:4, Galations 5:19, Ephesians 4:17-19, Colossians 3:5
WE BELIEVE that God created mankind in His image: male (man) and female (woman), sexually different but with equal personal dignity. We also believe that human life begins at the moment of fertilization and that men and women must affirm their physical biological sex given to them by God at the time of conception and refrain from any and all attempts to physically change, alter, or disagree with such physical biological sex, including without limitation elective sex-reassignment, transvestite, transgender or non-binary “genderqueer” acts or conduct. Genesis 1:26-28, Romans 1:26-32, I Corinthians 6:9-11
WE BELIEVE that God created and ordered human sexuality to the permanent, exclusive, comprehensive and conjugal “one flesh” union of a man and a woman, intrinsically ordered to procreation and biological family, and in the furtherance of the moral, spiritual, and public good of binding father, mother and child, and we resist and refrain from any and all same-sex sexual attractions, acts and conduct, which are all intrinsically disordered. Genesis 1:27, Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:4-6, Mark 10:5-9, Romans 1:26-27, I Corinthians 6:9-11, Ephesians 5:25-27, Revelation 19:7-9, Ephesians 5:25-27, Revelation 19:7-9, Revelation 21:2
WE BELIEVE that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and should seek redemption through confession, repentance, baptism, and faith in Jesus Christ, and that we must welcome and treat with respect, compassion and sensitivity all who confess their sin (including sexual immorality) and seek redemption and commit to resisting sinful temptation and refrain from immorality. Matthew 11:28-30, Romans 3:23, Ephesians 2:1-10, I Corinthians 10:13, Hebrews 2:17-18, Hebrews 4:14-16
All persons associated with Midland Christian School (including without limitation all teachers, staff, coaches, students, volunteers, parents and others) must affirm and adhere to this Statement. This is necessary for Midland Christian School to accomplish our religious mission, goals and purpose. Behavior or counter-witnessing that does otherwise will impede and burden our integrity and religious mission. We believe that God’s grace can wipe the slate of guilt and sin, though the consequences are still incurred.
--As adopted by MCS Board of Trustees, May 16, 2017
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