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. Three times a week at 10:40 AM (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays) the entire undergraduate student body gathers in community in Edman Chapel for the purpose of worship. 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.
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. Learn more about Graduate Chapel >
Chapel attendance is required for all 2,400 undergraduate students. 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.
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
The Wheaton community gathers for All School Communion for a time of worship and communion at 8:00 PM in Edman Chapel several times throughout the semester.
Sunday, January 7
Sunday, February 25
Sunday, March 25
Sunday, April 29
8:00 PM, Edman Chapel