Chapel stands at the centre of the College community. In December 2005 the Warden & Fellows included the following paragraph in their statement of the College's aims:
Moral and Spiritual Formation
"We will cultivate a strong sense of community, personal reflectiveness and responsibility in all our pupils, regardless of their religious background. We will assist boys from non-Christian cultures to study and understand their religious inheritance. We will nourish our identity as a Christian foundation, where God revealed in the person of Jesus Christ is confidently and intelligently proclaimed. We will commend an understanding of the human person as a moral, spiritual and physical unity, in which each dimension is equally important and interdependent. The life and worship of the Chapel will develop, through instruction, exposition and imaginative appeal, a sense of the beauty of holiness."
The basic pattern each Half is X & Y Sundays alternating.
On X Sundays all boys (except those groups specified below) attend Chapel or St Michael's at 1030, in Houses, as designated. Boys who wish to attend Holy Communion as well may do so at 0830.
On Y Sundays all boys other than those in Junior Part (and excepting those in groups specified below) attend one of the services held at 0830, 1030 or 2015. Boys in Junior Part must attend either the 0830 or the 1030 service.
Roman Catholic boys attend Mass at 0900 every Sunday in St Michael's Church. Catholic parents support their sons through the Society of Our Lady at Winton. The current Chairman is Rebecca Maciejewski, who can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boys from non-Christian cultural backgrounds attend Faith Circles at 1030 on X Sundays and 2015 on Y Sundays.
All boys in Junior & Middle Parts attend Chapel on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 0840. All boys in Fifth Book & Sixth Book II attend Chapel on Wednesdays at 0840. A congregational hymn practice for the whole School is held from time to time on a Friday at 0840
Services in the Cathedral
The School Observes the Founder's Obit in the Cathedral annually in September
A weekly meeting for Bible study, prayer and song is led by the lay Chaplain.
The Dean of Chapel: The Rev Dr Simon Thorn (from January 2015)
Chaplain to Roman Catholics: The Right Revd Geoffrey Scott OSB, Abbot of Douai (email@example.com)
There are in addition eleven Chaplains, each assigned to a boarding House.
Director of Chapel Music
Malcolm Archer MA FRCO FGCM FNMSM ARCM
Two College choirs lead the worship. Chapel Choir exists in a form virtually unchanged since the College's foundation and includes 16 Quiristers (choristers); the adult voices are drawn from senior boys and dons. Chapel Choir leads the worship on Sundays and at other services which include Choral Evensong at 17.30 each Tuesday evening during term. Chapel Choir and the Quiristers give regular recitals and broadcasts, make recordings and undertake tours abroad. St Michael's Choir consists mostly of boys in their first two years in the School. This choir also leads worship on Sundays and weekdays, performs concerts and goes on tour.
For details of the latest choir recording and Malcolm Archer's organ recital click here.
Information about recordings of the Chapel Choir and the Organ may be found here.
An introduction to the College's three sculptures of the Virgin & Child by Peter Eugene Ball can be found here. An additional sculpture, also by Peter Eugene Ball, of the Crucified Christ can be found here. Photographs of the candleholders designed by Charles Normandale to accompany the sculptures of the Virgin & Child in Chapel and St Michael's can be found here.