Ministrations of the Church
The major sacraments of Baptism and the Eucharist, and the lesser sacraments of Confirmation, Marriage, Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick are available to students, family, staff, and Old Guildfordians.
Each year a cohort of students, normally Year 10 and above, are provided with confirmation instruction, including a camp, and are then presented to the Bishop. All Year 4 students receive specific instruction in the nature and significance of the Holy Communion. At completion of this course students, with the permission of their parents, may choose to be baptised and/or Welcomed to Holy Communion. In the Senior School such instruction is offered to interested students in Years 7, 8 and 9.
Baptism is the occasion when a person, child or adult, becomes a member of the Church. Members of the wider Guildford Grammar School community; be they students of the School, parents or other family members, Old Guildfordians or their children may be baptised in the Chapel. As Baptism is one of the two great sacraments of the Church such a ceremony takes place within the context of a School Eucharist; one service a Term is set aside for the Sacrament of Baptism to be administered. To that end those seeking to have their child or themselves baptised should be aware that the School does not allow or conduct what might be described as “private baptisms”. If you would like to discuss Baptism further please contact the Chaplain.
WELCOME TO THE HOLY COMMUNION OR THE EUCHARIST
In Year 4 our Preparatory School students commence attending the Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion) which is the normal form of Anglican worship. As such, all Year 4 students as part of the School’s ongoing Christian Education program undertake the course “Going to the Lord’s Supper” which introduces them to the significance, nature and outline of the Eucharist or Holy Communion. Upon completion of the course, which is conducted over Terms Two and Three, parents of the students are invited to consider whether they would wish their child to be baptised and/or welcomed to Holy Communion. A special Service is set aside for these significant moments in a child’s life.
In the Senior School in Term One it is possible for students of Years 7, 8 and 9 to undertake a similar course. The course is a series of meetings which take place in the Chaplain’s Office at lunch time or after school during the week. If parents wish for their sons to participate in the Holy Communion they should contact the Chaplain.
Confirmation classes usually commence in Term Two for students of Years 12, 11 and 10. Confirmation is the occasion when an older person publicly declares their commitment to their Faith. The Confirmation Service normally takes place towards the end of Term Two or early in Term Three. Confirmation meetings take place in the Chaplain’s Office on Tuesdays at lunch time or at a mutually agreeable after school time. Members of staff and parents as well as Old Guildfordians may also be prepared for confirmation and their meetings take place at a mutually agreed time in the evening or at weekends. Contact the Chaplain for further information.
Any couple wishing to marry in the Chapel should contact Ms Peta Matthews (email@example.com), Personal Assistant to the Headmaster, for further details. To be married in the Chapel you will need to be either an Old Guildfordian or have some appropriate and substantial association with the School. The decision as to permission to be married in the Chapel rests with the Headmaster
From time to time the School may be asked if the Funeral Service or Memorial Service of a loved one can take place in the Chapel of St Mary & St George. Such a request should be made to the Headmaster through his Personal Assistant, Ms Peta Matthews (firstname.lastname@example.org) While at a time of loss and grief in a family the School is pleased to be able to assist by offering the School Chapel of St Mary and St George as a sacred space fitting for a Funeral Service the School asks that the integrity and innate beauty of the interior of the Chapel, and thus its real sense of awe and wonder, is not compromised by the moving of furniture, the cluttering of audio-visual aids or the use of taped music.
Orders of Services used in the Chapel must be those approved by the Archbishop of Perth and therefore any Funeral Service in the Chapel must follow a service as contained in the Book of Common Prayer, An Australian Prayer Book or A Prayer Book for Australia. Similarly the Service is to be conducted by a Anglican Priest or an authorised Anglican layperson; they must be in good standing with the Archbishop of Perth.
The School has a policy of live music only in the Chapel; this will be provided normally by the School Organist to whom all enquiries as to music should be made. Hymn books are available in the Chapel.
While the School has concerns as to the use of audio-visual displays it recognises that these are a popular means by which tribute is paid to the deceased. If such equipment is to be used then it must be placed discreetly and should in no way distract from the view to the Sanctuary, Pulpit and Reredos .
Any enquiries as to the appropriateness of the Order of Service and its conduct in the Chapel should be directed to the School Chaplain. As to matters of parking, opening of gates etc these should be directed to the Headmaster’s Personal Assistant.