Chapel & Service Learning
Chapel and service learning
At Good Shepherd, we live by the five tenets that frame our Episcopal identity:
- Common Prayer
- Intellectual Discipline
- Welcoming Community
- Respect for Others
- Compassionate Service
It takes an intentional focus on these tenets in all aspects of what we do. Chapel and ongoing service learning opportunities are two of the ways we bring these tenets to life for students.
Good Shepherd Episcopal School is an outreach of The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd and enjoys a healthy and fruitful relationship with the church. As an Episcopal School, we have a reverence for faith and reason, along with a sense of duty to serve others. This is rooted in the Episcopalian tenets, but is inclusive of all beliefs and backgrounds.
The connection of our spirituality is Chapel, a place, a program, and a sanctuary for students, faculty, and staff of all beliefs and backgrounds. Chapel is where our entire community comes together to nurture the spiritual beings we are and to encourage one another on our journeys of faith. Our chaplains regularly go into classrooms and explore the messages more deeply with smaller groups.
Early Childhood - Tuesday and Thursday
Lower School - Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
Middle School - Monday through Thursday
2nd-8th grades - Monthly Eucharist
(Birthday Blessings are held each day for Early Childhood students, and on Thursdays for Lower and Middle School students.)
We seek to foster a giving spirit with our students, so we are very intentional in how we help them serve their world. To do so, we embrace service learning in two ways:
- An annual project that the whole Good Shepherd community supports. We rotate these projects between a global focus, a national focus, and a local focus. These projects are typically chosen by the chaplain team.
- Ongoing community giving, driven by a grade level or class and often led by students and teachers. Our middle school Service Leadership club takes on additional giving projects and initiatives.
Our focus is on service learning rather than community service. Here at Good Shepherd, service learning embodies a broader process that involves students more deeply. Through this process, GSES students learn to identify service needs and become empathic, create a purpose and goal for the service, work for the good of others, and then reflect on the experience. This deeper and broader experience of service learning equips our students to make a real impact on the world.