Our students not only attend worship in our chapel, they plan it, lead it and tell their classmates how God works in their lives.
A vestry committee in an Episcopal church is made up of members of that parish, who work with the clergy to give shape to the life of that community. They are there as leaders of the church to represent and speak to the condition, ideas, needs of the larger group. At Episcopal we have vestries as well—a Middle School Student Vestry and an Upper School Student Vestry.
Middle School Student Vestry
The Middle School Student Vestry is made up of 7th and 8th graders. They self-nominate at the end of their 6th and 7th grade year to be on the vestry. The vestry meets every month and helps the chaplain plan worship and other events that are relevant to the lives of the students in the middle school. Vestry members not only help plan, but they lead worship, help with music and other presentations. They also schedule and keep track of our acolytes, or altar servers.
Upper School Student Vestry
Our Upper School Student Vestry is elected by the upper school in the spring. There are 3 members from each grade level. In addition to the responsibilities mentioned above, Upper School Student Vestry members also speak in chapel, so that they can articulate their faith and demonstrate their leadership in a unique forum that allows our students to hear the spiritual journeys of their peers as they explore their own faith.