The weekly Chapel service at Advent Episcopal School gives our students a time for reflection, support, and reaffirmation that they are truly loved and cherished. Students are full participants in the service, which reinforces leadership skills and bolsters their public speaking ability. Parents are always welcome, and are encouraged to attend and sit with their child.
The service, which is every Wednesday at 8:15 (unless noted), begins with a processional with music sung by the entire school. A student gives a reading, the Ensemble performs an anthem, the School Chaplain gives a homily and a short service, and then all of the children with birthdays are recognized. Finally, all students who have won awards and competitions are honored. Here is a Chapel service recording.
Students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade are allowed to participate in being a uniformed acolyte during the weekly Chapel service. Students walk in procession with the Ensemble carrying flags, banners, crosses, and altar candles.
Ensemble choir members are selected by audition each year from rising fourth through eighth grade students. The group performs at school and civic functions throughout the year and weekly at the school’s Chapel service.
Before each service, the choir and the acolytes gather together to pray and have time together in a circle to listen to Mr. Rick explain about the forthcoming service. We follow the lectionary, which is a three-year cycle in the life of the church. Each week every hymn, anthem, prayer, homily, organ music (before and after the service) has to do with that particular story that is being told in the scripture lesson for the day. We also learn about the stories told through our stained-glass windows in our church. The symbolism all around us comes alive for us and our eyes are opened to the mysteries of God. What a magical and spiritual time for all who are involved! We are so blessed to be a part of this ministry of our school.
*To learn more about Advent Episcopal School, please visit our website: http://www.adventepiscopalschool.org