The Chaplain's Column - February 2021

The Chaplain's Column - February 2021

The Chaplain’s Column – February 2021

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The Chaplain’s Column

A new year and a new start with a prayer that the year will be as unlike 2020 as possible (apart from the excellent ATAR results).

There are still some COVID-19 restrictions to observe as regards worshipping but it will be refreshing and exciting to have chapel services in the Chapel with the girls in actual attendance! The girls will find that there has been some work completed in the Chapel with a new carpet and sound system. They will not see but it is also true that guttering, down pipes and fascia boards were also replaced in the Christmas holidays.

Apart from the services held in the Chapel we will also be having special services to mark Ash Wednesday, ANZAC Day and Easter this term. In the Senior School, we will be holding at least one House Eucharist during the term and as usual the girls will be organising and leading these with the help of visiting clergy. The themes for the Junior School Chapels will be based on the topics of leadership, resilience, gratefulness, kindness and, of course, Easter at the end of term.

The Boarders’ Chapels will be once again held on a Thursday afternoon at 5.30pm. However, the first such chapel will be Thursday 4 February at 5.00pm so that members of the School Council meeting that evening may attend. Being the initial chapel for the year for the Boarders, I will introduce the service with a short explanation of what we do in Chapel and why we do it so that everyone knows what to expect. Every Tuesday morning before school, the staff gather in the Chapel for a short briefing session. Last Tuesday, they went to their places of work with the words of this prayer:

“Loving God, the light of the minds that know you, the life of the souls that love you, and the strength of the hearts that serve you: help us so to know you, that we may truly love you, and so to love you that we may faithfully serve you, whose service is perfect freedom; through Jesus our Lord we pray. Amen”

Fr Patrick Duckworth
School Chaplain

Love, Compassion, Forgiveness, Hope, Grace