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Daily Chapel

A time for faith and fellowship
 

St. Luke’s is a learning community in the graceful, inclusive tradition of Episcopal education. Our day begins with daily chapel, a few minutes when St. Luke’s students, faculty, and friends of all faith backgrounds gather together as a community.  As we sit together in the pews, bathed in light pouring through the stained glass windows, chapel offers us time for prayer, song, fellowship, and words of inspiration.  We are reminded that first and foremost - before being teachers and scholars, artists and athletes - we are children of God.  

Chapel at St. Luke’s is also an opportunity for older students to serve our community.  Our Intermediate and Middle level students serve as acolytes and readers.  Our eighth graders prepare and deliver “chapel talks,” a highlight of their final year and a moment of pride for their parents and teachers. Middle schoolers also serve as “chapel buddies” for our youngest students, ensuring their participation in the “big chapel” experience.  This relationship is incredibly important to all the students, remaining a coveted St. Luke's memory for years to come.

Our youngest students (PK3-K) experience daily chapel in the more intimate setting of the Chapel of the Christ Child, where they are introduced to prayer, song and inspiration drawn from biblical stories in an age-appropriate service.  They too have the opportunity to serve as acolytes and revel in the responsibility of leading worship.

 

The current Rector of St. Luke’s Church, Reverend David Read, speaks of daily chapel as “Breakfast for the Soul”: 
“In the house in which I grew up breakfast was very important.  My mother cooked a hot breakfast each morning before my brothers and I headed to school, and my father to work.  Breakfast was one of the traditions that bound my family together as it also fed our bodies.  I am told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Daily chapel at St. Luke’s Episcopal School is breakfast for this community’s soul.  Through participation in the daily rhythm of morning prayer, singing, and chapel talk, a spiritual foundation is formed in the hearts and souls of our students and faculty. "