A major emphasis in Middle School at Briarcrest focuses on spiritual life. Weekly Chapel Programs are designed to give our students an opportunity to worship together. Generally, our Middle School Praise Band will lead the student body in 2-3 praise songs prior to the introduction of our weekly speaker. Each year, the Middle School choose a “theme” around which our speakers try to fashion their remarks.
Our Middle School Praise Band, led by Michael Parsons and Justin Pepper, allow students gifted in vocal and instrument music to display their skills in a manner that both glorifies God and helps lead others in worship.
Fall Retreats are designed to give our students opportunities (early in the school year) to meet new friends, to fellowship together with each other and with their teachers, to set goals, and to worship both individually and collectively. These retreats are held each September. The 6th graders travel to The Country Place in Moscow, TN, the 7th Graders travel to “For the Kingdom” in North Memphis, and the 8th grade class travels to Victory Ranch in Bolivar, TN.
See You At The Pole
Each September, our Middle School observes "See You At The Pole", a nationwide effort to have students gather around their local flagpoles to pray for our nation and its leaders. Mentor Groups are designed to provide small group learning and sharing experiences for our middle school students. They meet once monthly in lieu of our formal chapel service. One major undertaking of our mentor groups is participation in "One Great Day of Service."
Great Day of Service
"One Great Day of Service" is a day designated each fall on which each mentor group performs or provides a service to an area charity, program, or individual.
RUSH Week - A few years ago, we called it “Spiritually Emphasis Week.” That’s what RUSH is – one week of our school year particularly set aside to emphasize the spiritual side of our education here at Briarcrest. Of course, we teach Christ and the tenets of the Christian faith every day, but RUSH (R U Seeking Him?) give us an opportunity to add extra emphasis to this vital part of our total curricular program. We attend chapel during this week on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. We hear spirit-filled messages, sing praise music, fellowship together, and have multiple opportunities to respond to Christ.
Aim For Success
The “AIM for Success” Program is a nationally acclaimed educational organization that promotes sexual abstinence until marriage. As the largest provider of sexual abstinence programs in the United States, “Aim for Success” is an independent, non-profit, educational organization that promotes a lifestyle of excellence by encouraging the development of self-control, self-respect and self-discipline.
Bible Classes are required elements in our Middle School Curriculum. Our 6th Graders study the Old Testament while our 7th Graders study the life of Christ and the New Testament. Our 8th Grade curriculum is based upon character studies.
National Day Of Prayer
National Day of Prayer is always observed by our Middle School Students. This year, our 8th grade class was in Washington, D.C. and was able to worship on the steps of the Capital. Each morning, daily prayer is presented over the intercom. Miss Watson, Principal of BCMS leads our student body in a quick devotional thought and prayer.
Not only do our students receive God's Word on a daily basis, our teachers do too. Daily Devotionals are sent by e-mail to each teacher by way of our counselor, Jennifer Graves.