Services and Service Times
All students attend weekly Chapel Services. In the Preparatory School these are rotated through a three weekly cycle of Years 1 to 6, Kindergarten to Year 3, and Years 4 to 6. Twice a term the Year 4 to 6 students have a Eucharist while once a Semester a service conducted in the Chapel of St Mary and St George. The theme or focus of each service reflects and adds to the work being conducted in the students’ Christian Education classes.
Weekly services for the Senior School are conducted along House lines; the addresses usually analyse contemporary political, social and cultural affairs in the context of the liturgical season being observed: Term 1 – Epiphany and Lent; Term 2 – Easter, Term 4 - Advent and Christmas. Weekly Eucharists and Term Eucharists are conducted. All members of the School community are welcome at any of these services; boarders and staff resident on the School grounds are required to attend the weekly Eucharists.
Special services throughout the year include: Welcome to New Students, Lady Day (The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary), ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day, Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Pentecost, Holy Cross, NAIDOC Week, Grandparents’ Day, Old Guildfordians’, Valedictory and Boarders’ Farewell, Christingle, and the Annual Service of Readings and Carols for Advent and Christmas.
Weekday Eucharists are celebrated each week of term on Thursday at 7.40 a.m. Services in association with the various support groups of the School are arranged as are special House Services. In 2012 it is anticipated that there will be an occasional late evening Compline Service for Boarders while during the Season of Lent a special extra weekly Eucharist will be celebrated while the opportunity to undertake a Lenten Study will be offered.
The Chaplain is assisted in the conduct of Services by the Senior School Chapel Servers’ Guild led by the Sacristan; the School Chapel Choir, Preparatory School Choirs and the Preparatory School Chapel Captain and Chapel Assistants. Students are encouraged and welcome to join any of these groups which provide students with a lively liturgical, cultural and social life.
The Chaplain welcomes offers to preach from members of staff and students.
All boys at the Senior School attend the Chapel and congregational singing practice (known as Congo) once a week. In addition, boarders attend a service every weekend. Throughout a term, the Preparatory School holds a variety of services for students in K-7.
Visitors are most welcome to attend Sunday and weekday Holy Communion Services, and also the various Carol Services at Easter, Trinity and Advent. Regular collections are taken to forward the work of the Church and to support charitable bodies at the discretion of the Headmaster and the Chaplain.
Each semester a special Preparatory School Service is held in the School Chapel for pupils, parents and friends.