Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy

The Chapel of St Michael and St George

The Chapel at Wellington is a memorial chapel, built in 1931, to commemorate those Old Boys who gave their lives in The Great War.  Built by the old, to remember the young, the chapel is used today by both young and old alike. All members of our school community are welcome.

Our worship at Wellington blends both the old and the new; contemporary and traditional alike. It is broadly Christian and yet also makes space for members of our community who come from other faiths or none.

Students attend worship three times a week and the chaplain leads an act of worship in the Prep School, once a week.

There is an act of worship most Sundays; this may take the form of an evensong or compline, led by the Chapel Choir, communion, or maybe a more informal service led by the chaplain or the boarders themselves. We also have two Friday evening, boarders-led worships each term; these have included Chinese New Year.  Recently we began Sunday morning School Family Worship. So far we have had a Pancake service at the beginning of Lent and a Pet service in the summer term.

We commemorate Remembrance with our Armistice service, involving the CCF and we celebrate Christmas with the three incredibly popular Carol Services. The Prep School Easter service and Easter bonnet parade, have gone down in School history. We balance fun and tradition to convey a message of hope within our time at Wellington.

Pastoral services

Chaplaincy is not just embedded within the tradition of our school for the purpose of worship, however.  The chaplain is also available to provide a pastoral service to students, staff and parents, who have a need to talk and to be listened to. The chaplain is available to listen to all on an individual basis and also to provide a quiet space for those members of our school community who need time to reflect.

The door is always open for those who need space, an ear, or simply a cup of tea and a chat.

The Chaplain

In 2017 The Rev’d Clifton Graham celebrated 25 years as a Church of England Priest and over 50 years as organist, pianist, conductor and teacher. The two roles of music and ministry, are, he feels complementary to one another. This is not new, musicians like Vivaldi, Liszt, Soler, Victoria and more recently Ronald Corp and Richard Coles have all managed to balance the ordained life with that of a performing musician. This has always resonated with Rev’d Clifton as an entirely justifiable use of God-given gifts and talents. 

Musically, he studied the organ, trombone, and harpsichord at the Royal College of Music while working as a Repetiteur in the RCM Opera School. His London debut was in St. Paul’s Cathedral at the age of 21. After the RCM, his career diversified and he took up numerous teaching appointments in Tiverton, Oxford and Bristol while continuing to enjoy life as a freelance musician. He returned to Oxford in 1990 for theological training and was ordained Priest in Birmingham Cathedral serving in several parishes in the city and as Chaplain to Birmingham City University. He was appointed Lazenby Chaplain to the University of Exeter in 2010 before taking early retirement in 2013 and he now looks forward to bringing his enthusiasm, experience and love of working with young people to Wellington School.