CHAPEL COMMITTEE 2019-20 | Back: Faculty Advisor Lee Ebersole, Sarena Gerber, Meredith Blossom, Aidan Yoder, Jesse Slater, Faculty Advisor Mike Wagner Middle: Elizabeth Slater, Abby Fritz, Sarah Miller, Samara Jimenez Front: Sophie Marshall, Ivana Ebersole, Faculty Advisor Sierra Cheney
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
The theme for this year is “Being Transformed: Open the Eyes of Our Hearts”. This comes from Ephesians 1:17-19 where Paul is praying for the Ephesians. For chapel, we will be working at two questions; what is it that we see within ourselves, our communities, our world that needs to experience transformation? And, what is it that leads to this kind of transformation? Each week or two, we’ll be looking at these different aspects of transformation. We pray that the Hillcrest Community, students, faculty, staff, families, experience transformation as we are able to see God and each other the way that God sees us.
A group of students guided by chapel coordinator Lee Ebersole and two other faculty persons 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.