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Faith

Supporting and
nurturing a
life of faith.

Mustard Seed School is a Christian elementary school.

Faith is woven into the school day through scripture readings, songs, and stories of the Christian faith. By integrating academics with faith-based learning, our students learn themes of forgiveness, peace, and joy, and that they are loved by God. As an interdenominational school, we welcome students and families from all faith backgrounds and denominations. We also welcome students and families with no faith background.

Worshipping together as a community.

Through daily worship, our students learn about generosity, compassion, and grace together. We want students to know their identity in this world as a beloved child of God, and see others as the same. By incorporating worship into our curriculum, we help students to know their purpose and see their life and work with meaning. Time in worship forms the basis for social-emotional learning.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to be a Christian to attend Mustard Seed School?

No, you do not have to be a Christian to attend MSS. We welcome students of other faith backgrounds. At the same time, Mustard Seed is very clearly a Christian school. We are interdenominational; we welcome families from all denominations. We also welcome families of no faith backgrounds. All students attend worship every day. Families are welcome to attend.

What is the faith background of your staff?

Everyone on staff is a Christian, worshipping Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Our staff come from many different denominations and Christian traditions. This brings a richness to our life together, worship, and understanding of faith.

Is the school affiliated with a particular church?

Mustard Seed is not affiliated with a church or denomination. We are an interdenominational school and have families who attend many different churches or no church at all.

Who can attend worship?

Worship is open to all families and members of the community. We have three worship services every day. Preschool and Lower School worship are at 8:30 a.m. Middle School worship is at 2:40 p.m. Occasionally, when we have a school celebration, K-8 worship meets at 8:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. Check the school calendar for more information.

Why does a Christian school celebrate Jewish holidays like Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, and Passover?
  • Mustard Seed School celebrates Jewish holidays as part of our Christian heritage. Jesus was Jewish and participated in the Jewish celebrations. These celebrations give us a window into the history of Christianity and the culture in which it grew.
  • For example, in the Gospel, Jesus made an aliya to Jerusalem for Sukkot (The Festival of the Booths). On “the last and greatest day of the feast [of Sukkot],” it says, Jesus stood and proclaimed, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (John 7:37)
  • On Simchat Torah, Jesus was closing the fall celebrations: giving praise to God who tabernacles with his people in the wilderness, for the water that was provided in the wilderness and the living water that quenches our spiritual thirst, for the manna that was provided and for the bread of life that nourishes our souls, and for the living Word that never ends.
Is attendance at worship required?

Attendance at daily worship is required for students, faculty, and staff. We find many families want to join as they are able. This is where we come together daily as a community to be inspired, to share our joys and sorrows, to be reminded that God loves each and every one of us. Through song, drama, story, dance, many languages, and the visual arts, we experience together the goodness of knowing we belong to each other and God.

What do I do if my child comes home with faith questions and I don’t know how to answer them?

You do not need to answer every faith question your child has. You just need to honor the question, without having an answer. Faith is a mystery and one worth exploring. You can refer your child to their teacher if that would be helpful to you. Teachers are aware of what children can understand at particular ages. The important concept all children need to know is that God loves them.

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