What Is Chapel?

Ever feel like you need a break to breathe and recenter yourself? At Hillcrest Academy we built a 20 minute chapel into our school day for just that purpose. The entire school meets together to connect with each other and with God. Our daily chapels are something that sets us apart from other schools. Chapels are planned and led by a mix of students and faculty. We worship, 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 9:55 AM in Celebration Hall any Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Tuesdays are when we meet in our small groups.

Our Chapel Theme

This year’s chapel theme is ‘JOY’, which is one of the Fruits of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5. Having joy is not the same as being happy, although there can be an overlap. Happiness is often determined by our circumstances, but the joy that we are emphasizing is the kind of joy that sustains us throughout all of life situations.

The verse we are drawing from is Romans 15:13“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Our chapels will be guided by the theme of Joy. Throughout the year, we will be exploring various stories from the scriptures which illustrate the kind of joy that remains as we experience every part of life. May we all experience the sustaining joy from God each day!

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 are just one more way we’re growing into the people God made us 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.