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The greatest priority in the children’s education is for them to be given the opportunity to know the Lord.  As they grow older, they come to know Him more fully as Saviour and Lord; Guide and Counsellor, Advocate, Protector and Friend.  Each day begins with prayer, praise and a feeding on God’s Word.  In particular, the children’s attention is drawn to the life and example of our Lord Jesus Christ and to the progressive revelation of who He is.  From these times, as in indeed through all that is taught and ‘caught’ at school, the children are given a clear framework of morals by which to order their lives.  They also learn about other religions within the context of the Word of God and prayer.

School History | Christ-centred education | Basis of Faith

School History

In the late 1960’s, the Lord spoke to Mrs Betty Gross, then Mrs Harris.  He said clearly, “I want a Christ-centred, Biblically based school in Rochester.”  He spoke through many scriptures of the responsibility given to Christian parents to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).       

In 1969, after the exercise of much faith and patience, the Lord graciously gave the finance to buy the first of the buildings in which the school was housed.

Three years later another house nearby was given and in 1980, five buildings opposite the first one were put up for auction together.  Nine years before this the Holy Spirit had made it clear that these former council offices would be added to the school.  He spoke to the late Arthur Harris (Betty’s first husband) the night before the auction and said, ‘You are to buy the buildings whatever the cost.’  A gift came through the letter box that same evening which made up the 10% deposit needed immediately for the £211,000 for which the buildings were sold the next day, and for which God marvellously provided over the next three exciting months.

We have since sold buildings which were no longer required and we have brought the school together on one site.  With the money from the sales we restored the old coach house and extended the house which accommodates staff members who live in community giving us plenty of room for future development as the Lord leads us.  

Christ-centred Education

‘All your sons will be taught by the Lord

and great will be your children’s peace.....

This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord.’

 Isaiah 54:13&17

This is what God wants for His children.  This is His norm.  Nevertheless, over the decades our nation’s Biblical foundations and traditions in education have been stolen away and replaced with secular humanism.  We see the evidence of the spiritual vacuum that now exists in so many young people’s lives all around us as they try to make sense of their world without the light of the world, the Lord Jesus Christ, ‘In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.’ Colossians 2:3

Training the children in the ways of orderliness, obedience, forgiveness, kindness and love, within the context of a reverent fear of the Lord, brings a firm foundation for relationships, characterised by the knowledge and love of God.  Our Lord’s Great Commission (Matthew 28:19&20) to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’ is paramount.

Basis of Faith

We believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth and in the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son through Whom all things were made.  We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity.

We believe in the divine and supreme authority of the Holy Scripture concerning our faith and conduct.

We believe, according to the Scriptures, that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).  We are all guilty before God and because of our sin we are separated from Him.  We are, therefore, condemned and in need of a Saviour.  (The wages of sin is death...  Romans 6:23, 1 Peter 2:24).  We believe that God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) planned for man’s complete restoration to God by the second person of the Godhead (Jesus) coming to take our place and receiving God’s righteous and just wrath against sin.  In other words, Jesus took the place of every sinner when He died on the cross and carried in His body every sin of humanity. (1 Peter 2:24, 2 Corinthians 5:21)

We believe that each person who receives the gift of eternal life through trust in the precious blood of Jesus being shed for us because of our sin, is eternally saved, not through their own goodness but by the free grace of God.

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus from death and that through His death and resurrection and our faith in Him we are now His children.  We have been brought out of darkness into His wonderful light.

We believe in the person of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus said, “You must be born again,” and, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”  When Jesus was baptized in water, the Holy Spirit bore evidence that Jesus was and is the Son of God.  God the Father confirmed the ministry of His Son by saying, “This is my beloved Son, in You I am well pleased”.  The Holy Spirit’s work is to give light and understanding to God’s Word, to empower the believer, to comfort, sustain and purify the life of the believer.

We believe that those who trust in the Lord Jesus for salvation have become one body in Him and are called into unity to proclaim the glorious truth of the gospel throughout the world.

We believe that the Lord Jesus will return in His resurrected body, as He promised, in power and in glory and that those who belong to Him by simple faith in Him will live with God for ever in heaven.   Acts 1:8-11