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. This year, under the banner of "The Power of Story to Heal and Unite," students gather at 10:40 am during Monday's chapel time, virtually or in-person, in Life Together groups to get to know one another, share the reading of a Psalm, and pray for one another. Chapel services on Wednesdays and Fridays will be live-streamed, with Wednesday chapels from 10:40 - 11:20 am focused on passages in the Gospel of Luke where Jesus entered the stories of broken people to bring healing and reconciliation. While Friday chapels are briefer than usual (10:40 - 11:00 am) with the theme, "A Song, A Psalm and A Story," featuring a story of God's work in the life of one of our campus community members. In a time of social distancing, we pray that the Lord will use these offerings to draw us together and further us in our life together as His people in Christ Jesus.
In non-COVID times, 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). Under normal circumstances, 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.
Life Together Groups
10:40 AM, Monday Chapel Time
10:40 AM, 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.
Though chapel attendance is usually required for our 2,400 undergraduate students, it will not be required while COVID restrictions are in place.
Under normal circumstances, 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
The Wheaton community will gather virtually for this year's All School Communion services for a time of worship and communion. 'All School's' will be announced as planned. Stay tuned!