At our Meeting for Worship, the third graders share their joy as they 'pass the peace' with their classmates.
An important part of the Episcopal school tradition is weekly or in some schools, daily chapel. The purpose of chapel is to set intentions for our life together, connect to God, and be together as a community. Another important part of the Episcopal school tradition is the way we value diversity. A fellow chaplain once said that we are really not Episcopal school chaplains; we are multi-faith chaplains because our students come from different ways of connecting to God.
Our founding Head of School, Harvey Zendt, came from the Quaker tradition and brought with him Meeting for Worship. Quakers believe that each of us has the light of God within ourselves. By entering into silence and reflection, we give ourselves the chance to listen to the light. Sometimes the light compels us to speak. Meeting for Worship provides that opportunity for us to enter into the silence and listen and perhaps share what the light is saying.
On October 18th, the 2nd-8th grade journeyed to Old St. Anne’s Church, a colonial church a short 15 minute walk away from our school. We entered the silence after a song from Mrs. DeLong, Come and Find the Quiet Center, and a scripture reading. Here are some of the student reflections that came out of the silence:
- I’m grateful for my sister
- I hope we have a good rest of the school year.
- I wish for world peace everywhere out there
- I’m thankful for my cat
- I’m thankful for my school
- I want to pray for all the people who have had accidents and been hurt by Hurricane Michael
- I believe in friendship
- I am thankful for friends and family
- I pray for people who aren’t as privileged as we are that their lives get better.
- I am thankful for my family
- I pray for my aunt who is going to work in the hospital, and that all the nurses and doctors were able to help the patients
- I am thankful for my little brother
- I am thankful for my great great grandfather
- I am thankful for my parents
- I am thankful for this school and everyone in it
- I am thankful for the doctors and the nurses who took care of me.
- I am thankful for the world
- I am thankful for my puppy
- I am thankful for 8th graders and hope they have a good last year at St. Anne’s and a good start in high school (from a 4th Grader)
- I am thankful for my sports
- I am thankful for this meditation
- I am thankful for Julia- Pray that Julia is well soon.
It is truly a joy to be in the midst of this thoughtful and compassionate community. Parents, grandparents, and special friends of St. Anne’s students are welcome to join us for chapel on Thursdays; please check our school calendar and plan to join us!