A time for commitment, challenge, community and celebration
At Hershey, chapels are our secondary family time to collectively respond to the mercy, grace and love Jesus Christ lavishes on us. Our chapel time comprises of student-led worship, including singing with our Student Worship Band. We bring in a variety of speakers such as youth pastors, representatives of colleges and camps, musical groups, and our own current students and alumni. Chapel has proven to be the best time of each week.
Faith and LM core values are infused into the total program, along with separate Bible lessons. Chapels add an extra dimension of group worship, as well as input from local pastors, inspirational speakers, singing groups and other resources that broaden the students’ awareness of the broader Church.
The purpose is to call the school to commitment, challenge, community and celebration. This time of worship and cultural events invites students to personal faith, Christ-like love, peacemaking, and service.
Why do we have chapels?
- Offer teaching that is warmly ecumenical from an Anabaptist perspective that speaks to heart and mind.
- Provide biblical teaching that integrates faith with current issues relevant to our faith journeys.
- Create a climate that disciples Christians as well as invites seekers to faith.
- Make time for worship, prayer, and reflection in the school day.
- Foster awareness of being God’s missional people in the world.
- Highlight special callings in the church and the world, as a way to nurture each student’s calling.
- Develop worship leading, performance, and technical abilities among students, as well as model adult leadership.
- Build community by gathering together the whole student body and faculty.
What is in chapel?
- Balance worship and faith-focused chapels with occasional assemblies that, while not worship, build and celebrate community.
- Attend to school life, while at the same time developing awareness of the wider world and the global church.
Who speaks in chapel?
- Faculty and students.
- Local pastors and representatives of church-related institutions from the USA and around the world.
- Guest speakers who know and respect the mission of the school.
What music do we sing and hear?
- We celebrate with a balanced selection of Christian music.
- Music groups from within the school regularly lead worship and perform.