The School Chapel is located in the centre of the School campus. Regular chapel services are taken by the School Chaplain with considerable contributions from staff, pupils and visiting speakers. The Chapel Choir is very accomplished, singing regularly at Tewkesbury Abbey and St.Paul’s Cathedral and going on tour, most recently to Venice.
Coming together to worship God and to learn more about following him is a key part of what this School is all about, hence the chapel building is right at the heart of the School.
MORNING CHAPEL SERVICES
On Monday and Wednesday mornings the whole School gathers in the chapel for a short service, consisting of a reading, hymn and short Bible based talk from the Chaplain or Christian member of the Common Room. These times can be very special, poignant, challenging and sometimes quite amusing!
Approximately twice a month a short service of Holy Communion happens in chapel, attended by a small group of 20 or so staff and pupils. This is a wonderful quiet time of reflection in the midst of a hectic school schedule.
Singing is hugely popular at Dean Close, and on days where we have Congregational singing practice, it is not an exaggeration to say that both pupils and staff love the time we have practising the hymns for that week’s main service.
The main service of the week is held on a Friday evening at 5.00pm. On these occasions, we often have a visiting speaker who will come and share a word from the Bible with us. The Chapel Choir of over 60 pupils is also a key feature of this service, leading the hymn singing and also performing an anthem. Pupils are often involved in these services, either in taking prayers or in doing the reading.
Once a term, the main chapel service of the week happens in the Bacon Theatre, and provides us with the opportunity to do something completely different.
These services take the form of a presentation using various forms of multi media, the spoken word and drama to make Biblical themes relevant to the present day.
Recent Theatre services have explored ‘Events that changed the world: Facebook’ and ‘Suffering and Forgiveness’.