- October 28, 2017 at 10:18 PM #39582
What are some school chapel ideas or themes that have been meaningful and encouraged student growth? How do you use chapels to develop student leadership or how have you included the church, community or parents in school chapels?
- November 2, 2017 at 10:05 AM #39612
At the beginning of each term, a schedule is made up for a weekly all-school chapel, usually following a theme or other unifying pattern. This year, each week’s speaker chooses a whole book of the Bible to feature in some way. Speakers include students’ fathers and also other men who do not have children enrolled in the school–ministers, older fathers, and single brethren.
- November 4, 2017 at 2:54 PM #39743
We used to assign a chapel to each student’s father. This has the potential to encourage good parental involvement, but in our case I think it got stale after a while. Lately our administrator has been doing most chapels himself and using them to highlight issues (such as respect, for example) that he sees as areas of needed growth among our students. I’ve seen positive effects.
We sometimes have people from missions and other ministries come for chapel, and these tend to be especially worthwhile times. Recent guests have included representatives from the Gideons and a pastor from Ghana.
- November 4, 2017 at 2:59 PM #39744
A note to add to the above: Our administrator has a shepherd’s heart, and an excellent way of addressing issues such as respect in an encouraging way that points students to Jesus rather than sending them down a spiral of guilt and works righteousness. This is a big part of what makes his chapels effective.
- November 6, 2017 at 9:45 PM #39762
At the beginning of the year fathers either sign up or are assigned a Monday morning when they come to speak to grades 1-6 students. Ministers take turns to come in once a week to speak to grades 7-12. We don’t have a theme assigned.
Perhaps the part of the question on how we work to develop student leadership would go more with how we do our smaller groups made up of individuals from grades 1-12. Each senior has a group of 6-7 younger students from various grades assigned to him/her. We call them our LION groups — standing for Lead, Inspire, Optimize, Nurture. These senior (and a few junior) leaders meet periodically with our principal to be mentored on how to lead well. They then eat with their group once a month and also play together at that recess with the seniors leading out. Intentional interaction (outside of these scheduled times) with the younger members of their group is strongly encouraged. Those in the same group from grades 1-8 play together once a week. At these weekly recesses, the junior leaders (from grades 7-8) are responsible to lead out. This has seemed to work well for our school and the older ones do very well at leading out.
- November 11, 2017 at 1:30 PM #39961
In our small school the upper grade room (grades 5-10) has student devotions once a week. Each week one student is responsible to lead the singing that morning and another is responsible for presenting a bible meditation and prayer. The girls came to my room (the lower grades) when it was their turn to lead singing or have devotions. The teacher has a rubric for giving feedback on the quality of their song leading and devotion preparation and presentation. For our whole school chapel the ninth and tenth grade boys take turns leading the singing. It gives them lots of practice before they are expected to lead out in a church service.
- April 6, 2019 at 9:24 AM #56192
These comments are intended for daily classroom devotionals rather than all-school chapels:
Students from middle grades and above can plan and lead classroom morning devotions occasionally. The teacher can appoint groups of 2 or 3 students to plan each one. Standard components can include a scripture reading, song and leading in prayer. Resources are made available for students to include additional components such as a story, poem, object lesson, Bible quiz, hymn story… Each student leads/presents a part of the devotional. I will post a list of Planning Devotions for the Year that includes ideas for both teacher-planned and student-planned devotionals.
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