Our Episcopal Identity
At the center of our Episcopal Identity is our Chapel Program. In Chapel, we affirm that all students are beloved of God, and, as our School Prayer suggests, we challenge students to realize this more fully in themselves and to acknowledge it in others.
Chapel is a time for the school community to come together to practice being the community God calls us to be. Parents are always welcome to attend our chapel services.
Daily chapel includes the singing of a hymn, a short reading form the Old or New Testament, a homily, speech, offering, or meditation from someone in our community, and prayers of thanksgiving and intercession for ourselves, those who are dear to us, for our community and the world. Our Middle and Upper School Chapel program includes homilies from the chaplain, Senior Chapel Talks, chapel talks from faculty members, reflections from students and offering from our fine arts departments.
We also engage in the study of religion in the classroom in both the Middle and Upper Schools. In grade 6, students spend a quarter studying the Hebrew Scriptures. In grade 7, students take a semester-long course in the New Testament. In the Upper School, students take a semester-long Religion course in a variety of topics.
In the Lower School, students begin their day with a devotion time lead by their home room teachers. All students attend Chapel once a week; grade level Chapel times are spread throughout Wednesday morning. All students also have religion instruction once a week in their classrooms. In this class, students are introduced to the stories of the Bible through the Godly Play curriculum.
Almighty God, be with the Episcopal Collegiate community as we begin this new day of teaching and learning. Keep us ever mindful of the honor of our callings so that we act with integrity. Turn our eyes inward to focus on the spirit and outward to see our obligations in the world. And bring us to the end of this day with a sense of fulfillment in our tasks well done. Amen.
May God's blessings be with you,
Father Rob Leacock and Mother Sandra Curtis