Worship Resources

Worship 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.

Advent Resources

September may seem early to be thinking of Advent, but once Term 4 starts it will arrive fast! Here are a selection of resources, shared by chaplains here and in Australia, to help you get started. An advent wreath is a beautiful, symbolic way of developing the sense of waiting and expectation. Gillian Townsley has…

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Lament

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…

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The Golden Rule

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…

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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…

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What are we waiting for?

We all know that even something as straightforward as Christmas can be hard to explain…

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Signs and Symbols

In our document, “A Whole Community”, which attempts to give some guidelines as to what…

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Assemblies and short Chapels

This is a great easy-to use website for Assembly and/or Chapel  Services. Each topic has…

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