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.
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.
Justine Richards trained as a teacher back in 1997, since then she has worked in University and School Chaplaincy teams in the Southwest of England and as a Youth Worker in Bath. She then trained for ordination at Cranmer Hall, Durham and since then has ministered on Exmoor and the West Somerset Coast, in both Anglican and Methodist Churches. She worked with the Exmoor youth project during her curacy in Dulverton and as minister and Children and Families Worker, with the West Somerset Circuit.