Upper School

Chapel & Community Service

We guide and challenge all who attend our schools to build lives of genuine meaning, purpose, and service in the world they will inherit.

Why Daily Chapel?

Daily chapel is at the center of our shared life together.  It is in this sacred time and space that members of the community gather to lift our hearts in prayer and praise to God.  The daily ritual of chapel gently cultivates spiritual disciplines such as silence and gratitude, and sets aside a space in the midst of our often busy and fast-paced lives to reflect on our lives and who God is calling us to be. 

What Happens in Chapel?

In chapel students might hear a homily from the chaplain, their teachers, or their classmates, they might enjoy a musical or artistic offering, they might celebrate the life of a saint, they might engage in a time of quiet contemplation, or they might have an opportunity to learn about and experience another faith tradition.  Students are given the opportunity to serve as acolytes, readers, and chapel musicians, and in the Middle and Upper Schools they may serve on leadership teams that help shape the chapel program.  In addition to daily chapel, special days in the Christian calendar such as Ash Wednesday, All Saints’ Day, and Easter are celebrated with services of Holy Communion.

How Are Other Faiths Included?

Worship at St. Andrew’s is rooted in the liturgical tradition of the Episcopal Church and the Christian story of God’s love and grace, but is also welcoming and inclusive of those who do not identify as Episcopalian.  Holy days from a variety of religious traditions are celebrated in chapel, and students from diverse faith backgrounds are encouraged to share about the rituals, prayers, and practices that they hold dear.  All students and staff attend daily chapel, and are invited to participate as they feel comfortable.

Community Service

St. Andrew's sees chapel and community service as two inextricably linked pieces of our Episcopal identity. As one faculty member said, "Chapel is where we learn to love each other." Community service, then, is where we learn to love those outside our school community.

In the Upper School, service is a part of our daily life. Service is also a part of our Episcopal Identity. We encourage our students to develop the habit of service because we believe its one of the ways in which we make the world a better place. By meeting and serving those who are less fortunate than ourselves, we better understand the world around us.
 
We require all our graduates to complete at least 40 hours of approved community service between freshman year and May 1 of senior year.
 
Students who go above and beyond the minimum service requirements are honored with the "Servant" distinction at graduation. In order to receive this honor, a student must complete 100 hours of approved service over four years (grades 9-12). The 40 hours required for graduation can be counted toward the 100 hours for the Servant distinction. The President's Volunteer Service Award is also a way we recognize our devoted students; it's awarded at the Student Recognition Ceremony each spring.

For more information about community service opportunities at the Upper School, contact Community Service Coordinator Laura Milton.
 

Daily Worship

Daily Chapel - 1:05-1:35 pm, Monday-Friday. Parents welcome!

Holy Eucharist – We celebrate the Eucharist (Communion, The Lord’s Supper) on various Feast Days and important occasions during the year.

Prayer Requests

We offer thanksgivings and prayers for those in need daily in chapel. Prayer requests can be emailed to Rev. Whitney Kirby

Need More Info?

-Contact US Chaplain Rev. Whitney Kirby
-Contact Director of Diversity Kendall Evans
-Contact US Community Service Coordinator Laura Milton

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Located in Austin, Texas, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a private co-ed elementary, middle and high school for grades K-12. Students benefit from dedicated faculty, a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.