Mission Statement

 

Belleville Mennonite School is an academic community committed to developing minds, building faith,
and making disciples of Jesus Christ.

 
 
Statement of Faith
 

1.   We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

2.   We believe that God is the Creator of all things, a God of providence, and the Author of our salvation through Christ.

3.   We believe in Jesus Christ the divine Son of God, who for our salvation took upon Himself human nature. He was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, and revealed God to the human family, suffered a vicarious death, was resurrected and ascended to the Father, where Vie now appears as our intercessor-. We believe in His personal return to power and glory.

4.   We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, that He was sent by the Father and Christ, that He loves, searches, testifies, guides, empowers, and intercedes for the believers.

5.   We believe the Holy Scriptures are verbally inspired of God and are our only infallible rule of faith and practice.

6.   We believe that man was created holy and that through disobedience fell and therefore is by nature and practice, a sinner separated from God and can become God’s child only by His grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and that from all eternity God knew who would be the believers in Christ, and as such are elected according to the foreknowledge of God.

7.   We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and unsaved; those who are saved unto the resurrection of life, those unsaved unto the resurrection of damnation.

8.   We believe that the Church is the Body of Christ, a brotherhood of redeemed, a disciplined people obedient to the Word of God, who live by the principle of love and who refrain from force and violence in human relations with an inner urge to build and extend the Kingdom of God by the conversion of men to Christ.


 

Below is a “State of the Union” of sorts: a review of highlights from this past school year.  In addition to these positives, we experienced disappointments and challenges.  We lift each day up to God and seek His directives.

Belleville Mennonite School has been educating and enriching the lives of young people since 1945 and although the buildings, teachers, families and students have changed over the years, the mission has remained the same.  BMS remains committed to providing students with the best education in the classroom in an environment that develops the faith of each individual.  Our talented faculty inspire students to not only achieve in the classroom, but to deepen their faith and personal walk with the Lord.

Here’s a glimpse of notable events and achievements from the 2015-2016 school year:

-High School Envirothon team advanced to the state competition at Susquehanna University after defeating area public school teams.
-$60,000 was distributed to BMS families for financial aid; $57,000 of which came from PA businesses through a tax credit program.
-Spiritual Renewal Day ushered in a revival in the hearts of middle and high school students after they experienced a closer connection to our Savior during times of worship lead by KnowMercy and teaching by Jim Kilmartin of Joshua House.       
-Students took part in various activities and participated in clubs, including the newly formed Ski Club
-Students visited the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC; Antietam, MD; Harper’s Ferry, WV; Gettysburg, PA and several other historical locations.
-Middle School students volunteered their time each Monday morning at Valley View Retirement Community.
-Annual Auction and Race & Serve for Education had proceeds accounting for a combined 16% increase over the anticipated goals.  There was a $10,000 jump in profits over the past 4 years with the Race & Serve for Education fundraiser.
-75% of the Renewing the Legacy goal has been raised.
-Several sophomore ladies attended the Junior Achievement Women’s Leadership Symposium in Lewisburg, PA.
-Faculty and staff contributed $4,550 to Faith Promise and $2,990 to the Capital Campaign this year alone
-High school Concert Choir and Art class students developed their skills alongside 40 other schools at the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Fine Arts Festival at Messiah College. The Choir received a Superior rating for their performance.
-High school students participated in a Service Day and ministered to the Kish Library, Big Valley Thrift Shop, Lewistown Daycare and other places throughout the community
-Kelsey Beaston and Nathan Barkett won the ACSI Spelling Bee and advanced to the regional competition
-Twenty elementary students recited scripture and poems at the ACSI Speech Meet in Allentown, PA.
-Elementary Enrichment class students presented a Living Wax Museum featuring Newbery Medal winners.
-Varsity boys basketball team placed 2nd in the Midstate Athletic Conference and advanced to the first round of districts.
-Elementary students and their families collected $1,000 during the Christmas Fund Drive and donated to a local friend, Evan Yoder, who was severely injured in a swimming accident.  The fund drive donations were given in lieu of giving Christmas gifts to teachers
-BMS athletics hosted a summer youth basketball clinic that brought in children from the community.
-BMS hosted a county-wide Christian school Spelling Bee for 4th and 5th graders from Sacred Heart School and Mifflin County Christian Academy.
-Middle school students took part in the ACSI track and field competition.
-High school Junior class members and the Mifflin County organized a 5K Race to benefit junior, Alex Pierce, who is battling cancer.  Over 120 runners and walkers came from across the area to the event which raised $6,000 in support of the Pierce family!
-Ryan and Friends, a ventriloquist who travels the globe, delighted our students during an afternoon of fun.
-Enrollment is holding strong with a 25% enrollment increase in the past 10 years. 
-We are operating on a debt-free basis.

As evidenced in these highlights, God truly has His hand at work at BMS.  It is not the school’s history, the teachers’ work or the administrators’ work that is to be glorified.  Rather, we are only His hands and we work to do His will.


Develop Minds. Build Faith. Make Disciples.