Chaplaincy and Worship

ETHOS

We actively foster genuine respect for all world faiths, many of which are represented in College, and welcome girls from all religious backgrounds. Our aim is to encourage girls to consider and explore beliefs, values, spirituality and moral principles in an open climate of tolerance and respect.

We support individual journeys of faith and nurture spiritual wellbeing through many different activities and reflections. Academic study of the world’s religions is undertaken by the Religious Studies Department.

THE QUIET ROOM

This room is located at the heart of College and is a place where girls (and staff) of all faiths and none can go for quiet reflection at any free time. Prayer requests can be entered on the cards on the table in the Quiet Room and posted confidentially into a box.

There is a voluntary service of Holy Communion at 9.00am each Sunday, and Morning Prayer is said here every day by the chaplains as well as other occasional services. 

COLLEGE PRAYERS

Christian principles provide the foundation for College life, and the long-standing tradition of College Prayers takes place most days, bringing together the whole community of staff and girls. This assembly encompasses a wide variety of contributions, the aim of which is to encourage girls to think and reflect.

As we are an inclusive community where different faiths are represented and fostered, this diversity is reflected in the breadth of topics, reading and prayers. 

SUNDAY SERVICES

There is typically a morning or evening main act of worship for all Junior boarders, to which Sixth Form boarders are also always welcome. There is a variety of styles of worship, from Sung Eucharist and Morning Prayer, to Taize Services and informal acts of worship in the houses led by the girls and staff. The long-standing relationship College has enjoyed with several local churches over many years is maintained by joining their congregations each term.

GROUPS FOR GIRLS

There are spirituality groups for Juniors ('Charis') and Seniors ('Crossfire'), as well as 'The Hub' which is open to all ages and meets over supper in one of the Houses. This is an opportunity for girls who are confident in faith to meet and share in Bible discussion and prayer.

CONFIRMATION

Many girls wish to find out more about the Christian faith during their time at College, and to decide whether to be confirmed. During the first half of the Spring Term, groups are held in each of the junior houses which girls may attend without commitment, leading on to confirmation groups in the second half of term if they wish.

The Anglican confirmation service is held at the beginning of the Summer Term. Roman Catholic girls are prepared for the sacrament of confirmation at a local parish church.

PRAYER SUPPORT GROUP FOR PARENTS AND STAFF  

For those who would like to be part of a larger network of prayer for College life, there are meetings at half terms and exeats for parents and staff.