Chapel News - #1
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Welcome to our first Chapel Newsletter. As I look back over the last four years as Chaplain at this school there is much to reflect upon and much to celebrate. This Newsletter will, I hope, become a regular publication keeping you up to date with all the Chapel and Chaplaincy news.
Since 1622, three words have been uniquely connected to this School and form the pillars upon which we continue to build today – Virtue, Learning and Manners. Virtue is a word we hear little of today but we can, perhaps, recognise a virtuous life. Virtue speaks to our inner self.
It is an invitation to cultivate that character and personal integrity that directs our thoughts and underpins our motivations. As our first word, it is a reminder that we shape a school and a society firstly through our personal actions and belief. Brentwood has been a community of learning for many years and whilst educational initiatives and ideas change, learning, at its very heart, seeks to help us grow in wisdom and take delight in that quest for a deeper awareness of ourselves and our gifts which we can use for the greater good. Manners, our third pillar, reminds us of our calling to be a welcoming community that embraces and celebrates diversity and one that shows hospitality to those who visit.
Trinity Term Theme, 2017
We live in a world that is filled with words and images. In our media-driven society, the words and images can be powerful indeed and often they can shape our actions and alter our emotions.
Successful business looks to advertise through word and image and we are all very familiar with many of the world-famous logos and strap-lines which we are often surrounded by.
Jesus spoke to people through stories and in ways that resonated with them in their lives and in the culture of the time. Many of these simple stories and phrases remain powerful and life-changing today.
Throughout the Trinity term 2017, we have taken a closer look at some of the more famous strap-lines in our commercial world and reflected upon how these simple, yet powerful words, can resonate with us at a deeper level.
- Every Little Helps Mark 4. 30-32
- Because You’re Worth It Mark 5. 1-20
- Think Different Mark 8. 31-38
- Connecting People Mark 14. 22-26
- Just Do It Mark 6. 6b-13
In recent months, we have gathered in chapel to celebrate a number of key moments in our school year, most notably -
- March 23rd 6th Form Leavers’ Service
- May 12th 5th Year Celebration
- June 15th Service for New Praes
- June 28th Baptism and Confirmation
This year, we welcomed Bishop Graeme Knowles for the Confirmation Service. In a wonderful service, enriched by our School Chapel Choir, we celebrated the baptism and confirmation of Amelia McLintock together with the confirmation of Toby Kidd, James Willy and Melissa Wallace-Routledge. Please hold each of these in your prayers.
We also celebrated in the last two years, the baptism of Kayden and Megan Bowes, Henry Rockett, Thomas Kerslake, Marissa Higgon, Archie Holtby, Alice Emmerson, Oscar Harlow, Grace and Phoebe Manning, Hugo Barker, Edward Robertson, Olivia Howe, Amelia Bailey and Poppy Freeman.
For your diary…
Throughout the year, there are special chapel services which are open to all those with a connection to Brentwood School. You are most welcome to join us for any of these services – we would love to see you. Please contact the Chaplain if you would like any more details about any of these or other issues to do with chapel life.
- Saturday 16th September, 10.30am – A service to coincide with OB weekend where we celebrate the life of Brentwood School – past and present.
- Sunday 15th October, 10.30am – A service of thanksgiving for Harvest.
- Sunday 3rd December, 4pm – A Candle-lit service where we celebrate the coming of the Christ Light at Advent.
- Christmas Eve, 4pm – An all-age service to celebrate the birth of Christ. Mince pies and mulled wine at Mitre House after the service.
It gives me great pleasure to announce a truly exciting new initiative for Brentwood School. In Michaelmas 2017, the School will launch two new choirs for the Chapel: one for girls and the other for boys. In doing so, we aim to give our girls and boys (aged 8-13) the unique opportunity to experience the benefits and challenges of being part of a collegiate choir much like those in Oxford and Cambridge and the Cathedral network.
The choirs will be launched officially at the Christmas Carol Service on 10th December. Auditions for the choirs will take before half term with daily rehearsals beginning on Monday 6th November.
Spaces will be limited to 20 girls and 20 boys across the age range 8-13. In addition to the musical benefits associated with membership Of the Chapel Choirs there will also be opportunities for tours, concerts and possibly recordings.
For more information about this exciting new initiative, please contact me directly.
Mr. D. Revels, Assistant Director of Music: DAR@brentwood.essex.sch.uk
The Chaplain, Revd. Dr Adrian McConnaughie can be contacted via email: AWM@brentwood.essex.sch.uk