Led by St. Margaret’s Episcopal School chaplains, Chapel is an integral part of the student experience for every student nurturing character, grace, community fellowship and spiritual wellness. Every student participates in Chapel services weekly as a dedicated time in the school schedule for proclamation, celebration, solace and reflection of God’s goodness and unconditional love, and every person as a unique and special being created by God. Chapel services and the Church campus, including the Fountain Courtyard, meditation labyrinth and garden, are sacred and safe spaces always open to students and members of the St. Margaret’s community.
Chapel also reinforces the sacred in ourselves and everything around us, and encourages taking time to pause, reflect and appreciate personal truth and life’s authentic joys. It develops mindfulness and a deeper connection with individual spirituality and respect and care for others.
The student body, teachers and staff of each division gather as a community for Chapel as a part of the weekly schedule—Preschool gathers weekly, Lower School begins each day, Monday through Thursday with Chapel, Middle School gathers on Monday and Thursday and Upper School on Thursday.
Readings, prayers and homilies are thoughtfully selected and developed by the chaplains to reflect life of the school community as extensions of current and ongoing themes, conversations and lessons. Students have leadership opportunities to serve as acolytes or readers, and offer a homily that reflects upon the reading, and musical or dance performances. Through the ritual of Chapel, students also learn and practice the proper respect and decorum of a sacred space and learn to appreciate its place and value in their lives.
Several all-school Chapels dot the school year as important gatherings for the entire student body, faculty and staff, including Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Fall and Spring All-School Eucharist Services, and St. Margaret’s Day, which celebrates the school’s founding and namesake, St. Margaret’ of Scotland. The Christian holidays of Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Easter and Christmas are celebrated in Chapel as well as the observances and holidays of other faiths to represent our community. School is always closed to observe Christmas and Good Friday.