Chapel Audio

9/5/18 - Mrs. Melissa Wetzel

10/3/18 - Mrs. Chesnee Bresnahan


Chapel Reflection

10/3/18 - Mr. David Colonna

This week our high school and middle school students had their first separate chapels of the year.  While there is great benefit to being all together as an Upper School to worship and hear God’s Word, by having separate chapels for both the Middle School and High School students, our speakers are able to specifically deliver their message to their intended audience.  This week our speaker was Mrs. Chesnee Bresnahan, the Director of Counseling Services for Norfolk Christian. She spoke on the topic of mental health and the mental health issues that so commonly impact the lives of our Upper School students. The two specific mental health issues addressed were anxiety disorders and depression.  Mrs. Bresnahan shared some of the signs of someone struggling with these disorders and also spoke about how the gospel impacts how we view these issues in our lives. The primary message was twofold: first, if you find that you identify with some of the described symptoms, then please speak up and tell someone you trust. Do not suffer in silence, but allow those around you to help. Second, even if you personally don’t struggle with mental health issues, God calls us to empathize with those around us who do and to put their needs above our own and love them, even when it may be difficult in that time. During this chapel, the student-led worship band led the students in songs that reinforced the truth that God is our shelter in times of trouble. Also, the high school drama students performed a brief skit to demonstrate to our students what students with mental health issues often feel and deal with each day.


Looking Forward:

There will be no chapel next Wednesday, October 10th due to the Juniors taking the PSAT that day.  Our next chapel will be held on Wednesday, October 17th, which will be our first fine-arts chapel of the year where our various fine arts departments use their giftings to lead our students into a beautiful time of worship. 


9/26/18 - Mr. David Colonna

This week’s chapel was our annual missions chapel.  Every year Norfolk Christian sends groups of students to different countries around the world to serve alongside full time missionaries in those areas.  This annual chapel is to give our students and team leaders an opportunity to share about the ministry of those trips. This summer we had a team who went to South Africa and another team went to Vietnam. We also had a large group of students who were planning to go Nicaragua, but were unable to go due to the unrest in that country at the time of the trip. However, the leaders of that trip were still able to share how the container we sent down as a school filled with mattresses, clothes, washing machines, and toys was still able to bless the people of Nicaragua despite our not being able to go in person.  After each team shared, the students were told what trips we will be taking this upcoming summer and the students were challenged to prayerfully consider going this summer to South Africa, China, Vietnam, or Israel. Applications for those trips will be available from Mrs. Lori Jo Lister on Monday, October 1st. It is such a blessing to be a part of a school where our students are given opportunities to share the gospel around the world!

Looking Forward:  Our next chapel on Wednesday, October 3rd will feature Mrs. Chesnee Bresnahan, a member of our guidance and counseling department at the NCS Upper School.   She will be speaking to the High School and Middle School students separately about Mental Health Awareness. The following week, there will not be chapel, due to PSAT testing.

9/5/18 - Mr. David Colonna
On September 5th we had our first official chapel time of the school year.  This was a combined chapel including all Middle School and High School students and it was a tremendous way to start off this extremely important part of life at Norfolk Christian.  Every Wednesday our students gather to pause from their studies and class routines and come together to worship God through song, through the reading of God’s Word, and through hearing a message about the Lord.  This week the praise band, which consists of Norfolk Christian students, led the Upper School in a sweet time of worship. Following that worship time, Mrs. Melissa Wetzel, the head of the Bible Department at Norfolk Christian, spoke on the book of Philippians and how Philippians chapter 2 provides all of us with a model of what our relationships should look like - a reflection of Christ.  This was a powerful message as it was so practical for our students who are in relationships with their peers, their teammates, and family members and are called to live like Christ in each and every one of those relationships on a daily basis. Also, since Philippians 2:5 is our theme verse at Norfolk Christian this year, the message was a very fitting way to kick off the year. 

Tyler Ashworth, M. A.
Darla Edwards, M.Ed.
Katie Boyd
Norfolk Campus
Wanda King
Beach Campus