Come to the Chapel

Posted by Ruth Beresford on

We are blessed to have two lovely spaces for formal worship, that is, services of prayer or sacraments where people gather in the name of Jesus Christ to worship God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I'd like to tell you a little about the Chapel of the Christ Child. When prospective preschool parents are brought to see it, our Head of School, Jo Harney, says they often gasp. It is a simply beautiful space. Its name reminds us this is a primary worship space for children. Jesus is depicted as a boy shepherd, surrounded by flocks of sheep and angels on the triptych that adorns the main altar. Its colors evoke our Swedish colonial heritage; its size serves children well. On Sundays, our Minister for Children, Youth, and their Families, Lynne Jensen, leads weekly worship with the children gathered for Christian formation. We gather there during the week for intercessory prayer and the preschool service on Tuesdays, for communion services on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and now on two Saturday evenings each month for our newest occasion for worship, in a more contemplative, contemporary style. The chapel serves us well for smaller or more intimate pastoral occasions for worship, like a wedding, a funeral, or a baptism when there are special needs. We come to the chapel to hear the story of our salvation, the loving purpose of God in Christ Jesus, bringing grace and peace to all people of all ages.

I've recently made some changes in the chapel to support our practices of worship. The font, once tucked in the back corner now takes the place of the pulpit, to remind us we come to faith through the waters of baptism. When the service is prepared for Holy Communion, your eye sees the marble font, the processional cross, and the credence table, set with the elements that will become Christ's Body and Blood. The pews for the children's choir and the screens creating a center aisle have been removed, allowing more space to gather around the table or Lynne's stories with small groups of children. These changes are to allow more flexible use for worship, both for children and for adults. I hope you'll come to the chapel and see it, giving thanks for all the children who have been baptized, or who've sung in the choirs, and for all the prayers that have been offered in this simple and sacred space at Christ Church Christiana Hundred.

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