Everyone is welcome in Chapel, no matter their religious beliefs.
Douglas Robins has been a member of the Episcopal School of Baton Rouge Student Vestry since eighth grade. Douglas recently led Upper School Chapel - introducing the scripture and prayers and serving as a guide for the congregation. The service was well orchestrated with readings projected on a large screen, the school choir in attendance to add to the feelings of worship and the junior class officers presenting a summary of their recent class retreat. All of this was planned and executed by the Upper School Student Vestry.
A vestry in an Episcopal church is made up of members of the parish, who work with the clergy to shape the spiritual life of the community. They are there as leaders of the church to represent and speak for the overall church population. In a similar way, the student vestries here at Episcopal give participants a powerful voice in students’ spiritual life. The Upper School Vestry and Middle School Vestry groups lead Chapel services, plan the themes, select the speakers and even serve as speakers before their classmates.
Having a student vestry makes our Chapel services more accessible to the many diverse students that make up our one student body. As Douglas suggested, Chapel is inclusive and intended for everyone on the Episcopal school campus. Spiritual development is a cornerstone of an Episcopal education and allowing our students to have such a large role in their own development truly provides them with a sense of ownership and empowerment that further encourages their overall growth.
An Episcopal education centers on integrating spiritual formation into all aspects of life. What better way to do this than by letting students serve as the guide! I invite you to learn more about our Episcopal school identity by clicking below.
The Rev. Kirkland "Skully"Knight
The Rev. Kirkland “Skully” Knight has served in Episcopal schools for 24 years. The first ten were spent as a teacher and coach with the last thirteen as a teacher and chaplain. Skully has been at the Episcopal School of Baton Rouge since 2011 and serves as the Senior Chaplain and Associate Head of School for Service Learning. Skully earned his bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and his M. Div. from The University of the South at Sewanee. He has been married to his wife, Mary Sue, for 23 years and they have two daughters, Emily who is a senior and Katie who is in 9th grade.