In our Christian Studies program, we attempt to work with students as their faith develops and grows throughout their time at Westgate. In all of our courses we focus on developing Biblical literacy and spiritual reflection. We recognize the many different Christian traditions in our school, but remain grounded in Anabaptist principles. It is our hope that through the progression in these courses our students acquire a strong academic and spiritual foundation for their faith.
7 Old Testament – The Story of God and God’s People
A chronological survey of Old Testament history from Genesis to Esther with selections from the poetry and prophecy books. The focus will be on stories of God covenanting with His people.
8 Jesus’ Life and Teaching
This course focuses on a study of Jesus: his life and teachings. A deliberate focus on understanding the context into which Jesus came is partnered with an independent reading of the gospel of Luke and a study of the Sermon on the Mount. The course concludes with a basic study of Anabaptist history.
11G Christian Studies: The Church and Faith Today (1.0 cr.)
The Grade 9 course places emphasis on the current Christian church and the living out of faith. Students keep a faith journal and study how churches live out God’s vision for the world. The peace and justice emphasis of our church’s history is explored for relevancy and application to the world today. One major practical component is a community service assignment in which students participate throughout the year.
21G Christian Studies: Christian Response to Religious Plurality (1.0 cr.)
This course will focus on a Christian response to other major world religions: Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. We will also spend time looking at the many faces of Christianity in our world.
31G Christian Studies: Ethics (1.0 cr.)
This course involves a study of Christian ethics, specifically from an Anabaptist perspective. It includes a look at morality and how people make moral decisions, as well as discussions about, and research into, many societal issues facing Christians today.
41G Mennonite History (1.0 cr.)
This course studies basic Anabaptist theology and then uses Mennonite History to examine the attempts of Mennonites to apply their theology to life. The historical focus of the course is mainly on the Russian Mennonite tradition.