Respecting the faith of all families is a core value of our program. We purposefully include stories, music and celebrations from the faiths of all of the children in our school. This ensures that the children are exposed to a wide variety of ideas and have the opportunity to learn to respect those with differing beliefs and opinions from their own. St. Mark Lutheran Preschool is a ministry of St. Mark Lutheran Church, ELCA, Charlottesville, VA and as such we are called to share the love of God with each of the little children in our care. We pray a simple prayer before meals (It is a call and response song, sung to the tune of Frere Jacques) “Loving God, Loving God, Once Again, Once Again., We thank you for our blessings, We thank you for our blessings, Amen. Amen.” Bible stories are introduced in Chapel and at times, when appropriate and connected, as part of our daily curriculum. Our intention is always to be inclusive.