Chapel News - #1
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Welcome to our first Chapel Newsletter. As I look back over the last five 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.
Lent Term Theme, 2019
A story of love and forgiveness….
There are many stories in the Bible which capture our imagination and invite us to reflect upon life and our relationships with others and with God. One of the most powerful and memorable stories is the story of The Prodigal Son as told in Luke’s Gospel. Equally well known is the famous painting centred on this story of homecoming by the Dutch painter Rembrandt.
The story centres around three characters – the younger son, the elder son and the father. This term, we shall explore this story in some detail and Rembrandt’s depiction of it and reflect upon the central and powerful messages of love and forgiveness.
Through an examination of each of the key characters we are invited to consider our own motives.
|Luke 15. 11-32
|The younger son
||– radical rejection and forgiveness
||– radical love
|The elder son
||– accepting that we are forgiven
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
Last 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.
In 2017, it gave me great pleasure to announce a truly exciting new initiative for Brentwood School when the School launched two new choirs for the Chapel: one for girls and the other for boys. In doing so, we gave 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 were officially launched at the Christmas Carol Service and since then we have held daily rehearsals.
Spaces are 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 is also opportunities for tours, concerts and possibly recordings.
For more information about this exciting 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