Over recent weeks we have been busy transforming a previously unused storage area into a place for collective worship, liturgy and just a place to sit a take a breath.
Our new school chapel is sited at the very centre of our school, midway between our Reception and Year 1 classes. The chapel overlooks what will shortly become our prayer garden and has easy access for classes, children and individuals.
We have deliberately chosen to keep the chapel as plain and blank as possible, focussing instead on the words and actions of the liturgy - siting just one short quote from Matthew's Gospel (18:20) above the door that can only be seen once you've entered the chapel!
Seating consists of 12 simple wooden benches that easily accommodate a class or large group and are easily moved to form a variety of seating plans. From more formal 'pew/aisle' arrangements to flexible 'circle' time forms for child-led collective worship, our chapel is now used by most year groups each week.
At the front of our chapel is a striking window that shows a contemporary crucifix set against an abstract background, the shadows that the window casts in the chapel on a sunny day form a stunning backdrop for worship and liturgy.
To compliment liturgy and collective worship in our new chapel, a simple audio system has been installed that plays a variety of liturgical and contemplative music throughout the day.
Our chapel playlist now includes: Steffany Gretzinger, Fischy Music, Wayne Gratz, Taize, The Benedictine Nuns of Avignon with more music uploaded to compliment collective worship each week.