What Is Chapel?
Ever feel like you need a break to breathe and recenter yourself? Hillcrest Academy builds a 20 minute chapel into its school day for just that purpose. The whole school meets together to connect with each other and with God. Chapels are planned and led by a mix of students and faculty. We sing, listen, laugh, reflect and learn. It’s often a highlight of the day.
Public Is Invited
Wish you could see what chapel is all about? Come join us! All our chapels are open to the public. Join us at 9:45 AM in Celebration Hall any Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Tuesdays are when we meet in our small groups.
Our Chapel Theme
This school year’s theme is CommUNITY: Rooted in Jesus. We recognize there is much polarization in our nation, even in the Church. Our hope is to forge a path together based on Romans 15:5-6, “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
For our chapels, we are utilizing the image of a tree as we reflect on being rooted in Jesus. We will be going through the gospel of John to guide each week of chapels. The gospel of John contains an image that relates to being rooted in Jesus – “I am the vine, you are the branches” 15:5. It is being rooted in Jesus that we are able to live in community in such a way that helps bring God’s healing and hope to others and ourselves.
A group of students guided by chapel coordinators, Lee Ebersole (Bible), Sierra Cheney (Spanish), and Bryn Hovde (Art) are responsible for planning chapels through the year. We invite your prayers as we are on this journey to become more Christ-like, more compassionate people. Small Groups Small groups are just one more way we’re growing into the people we want to be. They’re made up of 6-8 students with one faculty leader. We’re with the same group for the school year, so we get comfortable and close. The purpose of the groups is to strengthen our spiritual walks with each other through accountability, support, topic discussion, mixing of ages and ideas. Of course, a whole lot of fun mixes in too! Whether it’s eating, playing sports, praying, discussing, planning parties and service projects, or enjoying a sleepover together, chapel small groups help build community.