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.
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…Read More
The Diocese of Dunedin has put together a handy little page of karakia for those who are wanting to start with the basics. Each karakia is written out, with links to audio files where you can hear it read aloud. There are karakia for starting a lesson or hui; karakia of blessing; the sign of…Read More
I’m starting this resource in reverse, beginning with Holy Week and moving back to Lent, because I want to highlight the wonderful set of liturgies Ben Truman has shared with us. At St Mark’s they have a short service every day of Holy Week, and Ben has sent the complete set as a powerpoint for…Read More
A great-great-granddaughter of Henry and Marianne Williams, Caroline Fitzgerald, is putting together a beautiful website of information particularly on Marianne. Although she’s designing it to supplement the NZ history curriculum, there is much on it which could be used in chapel services (and RE/RI lessons). Caroline explains: The focus of Admiral’s Dog is to produce…Read More
While you’re not going to want to use videos instead of messages on a regular basis in chapel, there are a number that can be used to complement a message or give stimulus for discussion and feedback during a service. One that would work well in that way is this: What did they get right?…Read More
If you’re looking for an unusual way of celebrating Lent and helping students learn about saints at the same time, have a look at Lent Madness. Started in 2010, this is a slightly crazy, sports-competition-inspired annual journey to voting a saint in to win the Golden Halo for the year. In the organisers’ words: The…Read More
Fr Richard Peers suggests ways in which our apparently common human response to candles can be drawn into our annual celebration of Candlemas. He provides an outline for a service suitable for schools, complete with suggested sung response. Find the full blog post here. Richard writes: Prayer or reflection corners are nearly universal in church…Read More
Because Stations of the Cross traditionally involve moving around, it may not be the first thing we think of for a chapel service. But Teresa (Cathedral Grammar) enjoyed doing it in a primary school chapel last year, and has recommended a resource you can find here. The potential for Stations in schools is huge! Ask…Read More
In our document, “A Whole Community”, which attempts to give some guidelines as to what makes an Anglican school “Anglican”, the 7th mark is “Signs and Symbols”. Expanding on that, we say: Anyone entering our school, or reviewing its online presence, will know that we are a Christian school which places a high value on…Read More
One of the strengths of the Anglican Church is that it has never lost its awareness of the power of using ritual and the full range of our senses in worship. Ash Wednesday is a good example of this. Watching last year’s palm crosses burning to make this year’s ashes; connecting ashes with our own…Read More