The Chapel at Westminster gets much and varied use. Each student of the school is here on a weekly basis, welcomed to a place of calm and quiet for reflection on faith and life. Every Monday morning, first up, staff are here for their weekly ‘briefing’ of what is before us in the new week to come, concluding with a devotional thought. Chapel is also the place of weddings, often of Old Scholars, baptisms, and, on occasion, farewells in the form of funerals or memorials.
We hosted one such event here last weekend. Many of the graduating Class of 1977 gathered to pay tribute to a popular and loved classmate who had sadly died overseas, aged 60. With his own family in London, many were unable to travel to be together, so an Adelaide memorial was held here. In that hour, Westminster’s life impact of friendships and shaping of character was still evident over forty years after that group leaving school.
As our founders dreamed six decades ago, our Chapel is the geographical heart of the school, sitting central to the main entrance roadway. It is also the spiritual centre of the School’s life. But beyond being so for our current day students, Chapel is a place to which people return. It serves Westminster’s extended community.
Rev Phil Hoffmann