Chaplaincy

John Wollaston Anglican Community School is a Christian school in the Anglican tradition and as such, spiritual reflection and worship are an integral part of the life of the School.

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The spiritual programme in the School is varied. As a whole school community, we gather each term for a Eucharist Service. Primary School students attend regular Chapel services in year groups. The Primary RAVE programme is delivered in class by teachers and is complemented by visits to the Chapel. In the Secondary School, Year Group Chapel services, House Group Chapel services, and weekly morning Reflections are offered.

Many of the services and reflections follow the pattern of the Church’s liturgical year such as Easter, Christmas, Advent, Pentecost and other Sundays in between.  In this way, the School is a worshipping community following the themes and patterns of the wider Christian community in general and the Diocese of Perth in particular.

Baptism
Baptism is a sacrament of the Christian church (a physical action with a spiritual meaning). If you wish to be baptised or if you are a parent, and would like your child to be baptised, there is the opportunity to do this in the School Chapel.  Baptism is the way in which the church receives people into the family of God to live life in a new way and with new meaning. In baptism, we make serious promises and a commitment to follow Jesus Christ. This means that we are willing to let go of our old ways of seeing ourselves and others, accept that we have a loving God who wants be part of our lives, and endeavour to live our lives accordingly. Baptism also provides an opportunity for a family to give thanks for the birth of a child and to pray for God's help in the child's care and nurture.

Confirmation
For those who have already been baptised, there is the opportunity for people to ‘confirm’ the promises made on their behalf, usually when they were baptised as a baby.  Confirmation is an important “rite of religious passage” where the person being confirmed takes on responsibility for their own spiritual growth. In the Anglican Church, candidates are usually at least 12 years old. Candidates would attend a series of confirmation classes, which teach them about the faith and Christian responsibilities.

 

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