The primary purpose of chapel is worship. In chapel, we come together three times a week as a community of Christians to affirm our faith, to be encouraged in the Christian life, to focus our attention on God's agenda, to pray for ourselves and the world, and to give praise and thanksgiving to our triune God. Since it is the only time that the entire student body gathers in one place, chapel becomes an opportunity to build community.
The Chapel program seeks to nurture the spiritual life of students in the context of an academic environment. Our office seeks to fulfill its mission of giving leadership to the meeting of the spiritual needs and furthering the spiritual formation of Wheaton students, staff, and faculty in a multitude of ways, one of which is through corporate worship in Chapel. We are growing in facilitating corporate worship that reflects the breadth of God’s global family. Our chapel curriculum this year will be Ephesians on Mondays, a reading from the gospel of John on Wednesdays, and a Psalm on Fridays.
The College’s year verse for 2021-2022 is Isaiah 61:3 – “The Lord has anointed me to provide for those who grieve in Zion – to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” In conjunction with the Conservatory of Music, the Chaplain’s Office is celebrating the Year of Arts, Faith, and Imagination therefore many of our speakers, passages, and themes will be centered around these ideas of beauty, creation, and vision.
The entire undergraduate student body gathers in community in Edman Chapel for the purpose of worship three times a week at 10:40 AM (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays). Chapel programs reflect the interdenominational nature of the College and include guests known for their Christian leadership and message to the church and culture. Variety in worship forms, traditions, and music enriches the educational and experiential dimension of the chapel program. Student and faculty participation encourages the development of Christian faith through peer and mentor relationships. An educational component of chapel includes the consideration of theological, social, ethical, psychological, and political issues from a distinctively Christian and Biblical perspective.
10:40 AM, Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
Live Chapel Stream: wheaton.edu/chapel
Live Campus-only Viewing - Cable Channel 4.1
Grad School Chapel
The Wheaton College Graduate School meets for chapel as well on a weekly basis, providing a time for graduate students to gather. Grad chapel services are from 10:40-11:20am on Wednesdays in Barrows Auditorium. You can find out more information here.
Chapel is required for all undergraduate students as part of our college curriculum and commitment to spiritual life. Some members of the faculty and staff regularly attend chapel, and there may be off-campus guests in attendance, although the number of visitors is usually small because of seating limitations. When chapel is required, eleven chapel absences are permitted each semester. These eleven absences may be used to sleep, study, recover from illness, for doctor's appointments, non-school related trips, irregular work schedules, interviews, car trouble, and trips to the airport, etc. Students are expected to manage their chapel attendance wisely over the course of each semester. Chapel attendance is overseen by the Chaplain's Office.
All School Communion
Tuesday, August 24 at 8:00pm
Sunday, September 26 at 7:00pm
Sunday, October 24 at 7:00pm
Sunday, November 21 at 7:00pm
Sunday, December 21 at 7:00pm
Sunday, January 9 at 7:00pm
Sunday, February 20 at 7:00pm
Sunday, March 20 at 7:00pm
Sunday, May 1 at 7:00pm
All School Communion services will not be broadcast live.