Lower School Chapel
Chapel services are held every Friday morning at 8:15 a.m. Students participate in the procession, reading of Scripture, prayer, commentary and music, all based on the liturgy of the Episcopal Church. Fourth graders serve as acolytes and ensemble. Additionally, classes meet informally with the Chaplain or the Chaplaincy staff throughout the week for instruction.
Exceptions: On the week of Ash Wednesday, Friday Chapel is not held. When events or school holidays prevent a Friday service, Chapel will be held on Thursday.
Each week, classes meet in the Lower School Atrium, adjacent to the Jean Jones-Downey Chapel for "Little Chapel" Class. Modeled after our weekly "Big Chapel" service held every Friday, Little Chapel is a chance for the individual classrooms to learn, discuss, and share in a communial environment. We are always full of music and song, color and laughter. We are blessed to have each other.
This year, we are focusing on the Fruits of the Spirit, as given to us in Gallatians 5:22-24
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."
We "pick a fruit" each month.
- In our first class meeting, we ask questions and share our thoughts on that virtue in gerneral, everyday terms (e.g. "Where do you see "patience" during your day?", "How can you grow "generosity" in your thoughts or actions today? Tomorrow?).
- Our next meeting may have us reading and acting out a Scripture passage that highlights our fruit, or some other hands-on activity.
- Our third meeting typically finds us praying with our hands and eyes, rather than our words. This is when we complete visual art that incorporates our fruit, usually within another bit of Scripture.
- Our fourth meeting of the month is dedicated to the ocassion of the month (e.g. All Saints Day, The Feast Day of St. Andrew, The Feast Day of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., etc.). These "free floating" lessons may not always occur during the last week of the calendar month, but move to reflect the occasion they instruct us on.