Chapel Resources

Chapel Resources

Sharing ideas for what has worked and what might work in our chapel services.

Across our schools in Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia, we hold more than 100 chapel services a week, 40 weeks a year. That’s at least 4000 creative, age-appropriate service ideas being generated every year just by our group of schools. It makes sense to share them with each other, for all our sakes! This page has been set up so that anything from single, seed ideas to full liturgies can be sent into the Schools’ Office, in any form from rough notes to detailed instructions or powerpoints, and we will put them up in a usable fashion for others to share.

Beauty will Save the World.

Our Office has had a long connection with the Anglican Schools’ Office in Brisbane Diocese, and in recent months we’ve been sharing many more of our resources in both directions across the Tasman. The Rev’d Richard Browning has recently moved into the role previously held by Stephen Harrison, whom some of you met when he…

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Matariki

Matariki is coming up on July 13th, 2020. There are heaps of excellent resources on the Strandz website to get you started, including this introduction: Matariki is celebrated every winter when the seven-star constellation, ‘Matariki’ (also known as the Pleiades or Seven Sisters) appears in the dawn sky. The dates for Matariki change every year…

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Thanksgiving and Remembrance

At the centre of our Gospel is the news that death has been conquered, that the love of God has reached even into that darkness to bring God’s light. That can never take away the grief of being parted from someone we love, but it can fill that grief with hope. A particular gift we…

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A Garden Paschal Candle Chapel

The years 7 and 8 are moving slowly back into general school life at St Hilda’s College in Dunedin. For two weeks first they are staying at the Theological College wing of Knox College and immersing themselves in learning about WW1, complete with learning a range of skills pertinent to that time: how to cross-stitch,…

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When your chapel is a hall or gym

Our colleagues in Australia have been sharing ideas on their facebook page for how to turn a big space like an assembly hall into a chapel space. I know many of you in A-NZ-P are in the same boat, with chapels which are too small for your school (or no separate chapel building at all).…

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God’s Earth, Our Home

In April this year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. We are all well aware of the importance of our fifth “Mark of Mission” for our world, but also to our students. The Anglican Social Justice commission have re-worked a series of talks from Rowan Williams and study guides put together by a…

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Anzac Day

Over the 35 or so years I remember celebrating Anzac Day, it has gone from being a day young people were a bit embarrassed about and middle-aged people were cynical about, to a day almost universally honoured as a chance to acknowledge the sacrifices thousands of New Zealanders made and continue to make in our…

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Easter Day

The point of it all. The greatest celebration in our Christian year. The day when we remember that the thing that has always haunted humanity – the inevitability of death – has been transformed by Christ into a doorway to Life. This is the ultimate Good News! When we first began thinking about the Middle…

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Palm Sunday and Holy Week

“Engage Worship” is a website worth checking regularly. This year they have a range of resources up for Palm Sunday and Holy Week that could be used in online services, or in the home. They include videos of songs specific to the theme of each day, interactive readings, prayer stations, illustrated or visual readings, and…

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Vote for a Saint

While “Lent Madness” is a USA thing, there’s no reason we can’t do our own versions here. Lent is a great time to let the stories of our ancient and modern saints inspire our students – or, at the very least, interest them! At Samuel Marsden Karori, Sarah is giving the girls 3 saints a…

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Vote for a Saint

While “Lent Madness” is a USA thing, there’s no reason we can’t do our own…

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Lent, Holy Week and Easter

I’m starting this resource in reverse, beginning with Holy Week and moving back to Lent,…

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When your chapel is a hall or gym

Our colleagues in Australia have been sharing ideas on their facebook page for how to…

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A Few Smallish Fish

Many of you will know this blogsite already. It was created in 2012 by the…

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Marianne Williams

A great-great-granddaughter of Henry and Marianne Williams, Caroline Fitzgerald, is putting together a beautiful website…

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Ash Wednesday

One of the strengths of the Anglican Church is that it has never lost its…

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