St. Michael’s Chapel is the South Kent School community’s place of worship in the tradition of the Episcopal Church. Chapel services have always been an important part of life at South Kent School, and there is at least one service each day in St. Michael’s Chapel. Students are expected to attend the four all-school services per week, which usually consist of the celebration of the Holy Eucharist on Monday evening and brief services of Midday Prayer on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. In addition, there are voluntary celebrations of the Holy Eucharist on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and a voluntary service of Compline on Wednesday night.
During the academic year, there are special chapel observances and services. These include Founders’ Day recognition, the blessing of the campus animals on the Feast of St. Francis, All Saints Day, Thanksgiving, Lessons and Carols, the Nativity Play, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Holy Week and Easter, Confirmation, Memorial Day, Prize Day, and the Installation of the Sixth Form and Induction of Prefects. The school community also shares in the Adoration Service once a term in lieu of the Monday evening celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
Members of all faiths are expected to attend chapel services and find there some measure of comfort, inspiration and peace. The Chapel is the one place where the whole school can reflect upon our place in the world and pray. No one is expected to abandon his own faith while at South Kent School. Rather, the School, in its faithful adherence to worship in the tradition of the Episcopal Church, provides a stable context for each person to engage with his own spiritual journey.
Any students seeking to observe other non-Episcopal religious services should speak with the school Chaplain to make appropriate arrangements.
The Reverend Stephen B. Klots
South Kent School Chaplain