100 Year Old Chapel Welcomes Creative Expressions of Prayer By The Reverend Sharon Baird, Chaplain The Glennie School, QLD
The Chapel of St Alban has stood at the entrance to The Glennie School since 1917. Built only ten years after the foundation of the school, the Chapel continues to be a source of comfort and inspiration to the community. When you first walk in, every sense absorbs the presence of God, whether it be the sight of the stained glass windows, the smell of the incense which permeates from the pine timber walls or the overwhelming sense of a deep tradition of regular prayer. Being commissioned as Chaplain in February of this year, one of my goals is to find ways to enrich the Anglican ethos of the school, keeping the traditions but bringing fresh ideas to how we might express our Anglican identity. We are building links with the four
local parish churches in Toowoomba, looking into ways to connect our boarding and day girls with Anglicans from across the breadth of the church. The Chapel is now open all day, every day for staff and students to step away from the busyness of the school day and take a moment in the solitude and silence. Glennieâ€™s first prayer space celebrated the season of Pentecost, bringing the Chapel to life with flames of the Spirit. Girls from Prep right through to Year 12 were encouraged to colour and write prayers on flames which were then hung in our Chapel. This melding of old and new gave the girls the opportunity to express their faith in a creative way. Prayers of encouragement, prayers for those who are struggling, prayers for increased faith, as well as prayers for our pets and friends filled our Chapel with the Holy Spirit for over a week as each class took time to participate. I am excited by the challenge of new beginnings and look forward to seeing how other schools are living out their Anglican identity.
PRAYER SPACE: The Pentecost curtains were draped over the entrance to the alter
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