Lower School

Chapel & Community Service

"Chapel gives me time to myself to think." - Third grader

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

Community Service at St. Andrew's is seen as a natural extension of the chapel program. As students hear the spiritual messages of compassion, service, and love, they are compelled to put these lessons into action through working to improve the world around them. Throughout the year students participate in a variety of in-school projects that are accompanied by intentional service learning and education about the social justice issues addressed.

Lower School Chapel + Community Service News

List of 10 news stories.

  • New Tweaks to St. Andrew's Day

    What: St. Andrew's Day
    Who: K-12 students, faculty, parents, alumni, and special guests
    When: Friday, November 30, 2018 *This is an early dismissal day for all K-12 students!
    Time: 9:30 am
    Location: Upper School gymnasium (5901 Southwest Parkway)

    Read More
  • SAS Hosts Interfaith Dinner for Austin Community

    St. Andrew's is proud to host an interfaith dialogue and dinner - free and open to the public - on Sunday, November 11, 6:00 pm at the Upper School's Dell Fine Arts Center. We'll screen the acclaimed documentary "Of Many" featuring Imam Khalid and Rabbi Yehuda. The film will be followed by a light dinner (kosher and halal options available) and a lively discussion about some of the topics explored in the movie. *RSVP here so we can plan dinner

    Read More
  • Blessing of the Pets

    All creatures great and small were gathered on campus on Friday, October 5 for the annual Blessing of the Pets. This favorite school tradition is held each year in honor of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. Students in grades K-2 and their parents gathered on the field with their beloved pets (or pictures of them) to receive a blessing from LS/MS Chaplain Ashley Brandon. Each student also received a certificate for their pet, which reads:
    Read More
  • SAS Hosts "Ready, Set, Go" Resource Fair

    St. Andrew’s hosted Con Mi MADRE’s “Ready, Set, Go” resource fair in August to help local Latina students get ready for their school year. Admissions officer and alumna Jasmin Vara ‘09, who volunteered at the Upper School event, remarked, “I have fond memories of my back-to-school days, and it's great St. Andrew's wants to help other Austin students feel excited and prepared for the next step in their education."
    Read More
  • SAS Community Raises Over $625K for Financial Aid Students

    The numbers are in and what a story they tell: St. Andrew’s parents, faculty, and friends tapped into their generous spirits to raise over $625,000 at the Spring Gala for Financial Aid on April 21. These funds will directly benefit 143 St. Andrew’s students who rely on financial assistance to make their dream of a St. Andrew’s education possible.
    Read More
  • Crusader Magazine - Digital Edition is Here!

    Our Winter 2018 digital edition of Crusader magazine is now available online! Look for hyperlinks to audio clips, online articles, and our SmugMug photo galleries - including Grandparents Day 2018!
    Read More
  • Khizr Khan Visits SAS on "An American Family" Book Tour

    Khizr Khan's sold out event found a home at St. Andrew's Dell Fine Arts Center on Saturday, Dec. 2, with a few seats remaining for some faculty and parents to attend. Read two Austin American-Statesman articles on the event here and here. St. Andrew's Director of Diversity Kendall Evans attended with his daughter, student Camryn Evans '21, who stepped up to introduce Mr. Khan to the full house!
    Read More
  • St. Andrew's Day: A K-12 Celebration of Service

    Our annual St. Andrew’s Day celebration is a great way to begin the holiday season - we gather as a K-12 community to celebrate the blessing of servant leaders in our community, and unite to help others in need.  Our annual tradition supporting El Buen Samaritano continued this year - our students at the Middle and Upper Schools collected and loaded enough Thanksgiving trimmings to feed thousands of hungry Austinites this holiday (Click here to see a clip of the Upper Schoolers). At the Lower School, students wrote thank you cards to faculty/staff, and took time to learn about Kiva entrepreneurs in need.
    Read More
  • The Rev. David Peters

    Marine Veteran, Chaplain Shares His Story at Veterans Day Assembly

    The Lower School gathered together on November 10 to honor our nation’s veterans in the annual Veterans Day Assembly (Watch a clip of the assembly here). The St. Andrew’s Girl Scouts and Daisies marched the U.S. flag in for the pledge of allegiance and national anthem to begin the ceremony, followed by the Boy Scouts, who marched each military branch’s flag in to the tune of their respective anthems.
    Read More
  • A Blessing of the Pets

    All creatures great and small were represented at this morning's Blessing of the Pets chapel service on the field! Stuffed animals (snakes, rabbits, bears) and lots of dogs, some cats, fish, even a guinea pig received a blessing in honor of St. Francis of Assisi feast day, a favorite SAS tradition for grades K-2! See the photo gallery here.
    Read More

Daily Worship

All are welcome and encouraged to attend daily worship. 

11:25-11:55 am - 6th, 7th, 8th grades
12:30-12:55 pm - 3rd, 4th, 5th grades
1:10-1:35 pm - Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd grades

Please submit prayer requests to LS & MS Chaplain Ashley Brandon.

LS & MS Chaplain - Ashley Brandon

Lower School Chapel Elements

List of 4 items.

  • Lessons

    In grades 1-2 the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Bible are taught to students through storytelling. In grades 3-6 students hear lessons from Hebrew Scriptures, the Gospels, and the Epistles, following the Revised Common Lectionary. In addition to lessons from the Bible, students learn about Christian holidays, and the lives of the saints. Students also get the opportunity to learn about other religious traditions, and regularly hear from guest speakers about a variety of relevant topics.
  • Prayer

    Each day personal and community prayers are raised up during chapel time. As a result of this daily practice, students learn about the importance of prayer in response to the concerns and celebrations of life.
  • Music

    As an offering of praise to God, students learn age-appropriate liturgical music using the Hymnal 1982. Chapel music is accompanied by piano on most days and guitar on Tuesdays. On Wednesdays students have "Hymn Practice" with their music teachers, where they learn new songs and practice old ones. Students also get the opportunity throughout the year to hear chapel concerts from their peers and from guest performers.
  • Student Participation

    Beginning in the first grade, students serve as acolytes who are responsible for extinguishing the candles at the end of the service. In the third grade students also have the opportunity to read the Psalm appointed for the day. Students are also encouraged to offer their talents and gifts in chapel, such as reading a favorite book, telling about an important tradition or object, singing a song, etc.
    Students, parents, and faculty are supported in their spiritual and pastoral needs by LS/MS Chaplain Ashley Brandon and Head of School Sean Murphy.

Need More Info?

- LS & MS Chaplain Ashley Brandon
- Director of Diversity Kendall Evans

List of 2 items.

  • Lower & Middle School

    1112 West 31st St.
    Austin, TX 78705
    Lower (512) 299-9800
    Middle (512) 299-9850
  • Upper School

    5901 Southwest Pkwy.
    Austin, TX 78735
    (512) 299-9700

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.