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.
There will be times in every school life when lament is the right and appropriate way to approach God, in prayer and in worship. Below, Malcolm Gordon helps us to understand what Lament is, and provides us with a kete of resources to explore it ourselves. “Lament is actually already part of your life. It…Read More
One verse in the Bible which is still widely known (even if it is often misquoted) is our “Golden Rule”: “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you.” Richard Browning, from the Schools’ Office in Brisbane, has put together a full term of chapel services exploring this “Rule” from numerous…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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,…Read More
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).…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More