St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s is an independent Episcopal school that welcomes students and families from all religious backgrounds and spiritual identities. In Chapel and in religious knowledge classes (which begin in first grade), we teach and learn about the many different faith traditions present in our school community.
Our chapel is the heart of our school, both physically and spiritually. Located directly opposite the front doors of the school and named for the long-serving chairman of our Board of Trustees, Gordon Chapel is a place where we gather not just for shared prayer, reflection, and meditation but also for community meetings of faculty, parents, trustees, and visitors.
Students attend daily Chapel beginning in first grade; senior kindergarteners attend once a week. The main feature of each Chapel service is a brief presentation from a member of the community—usually a faculty member, or sometimes a student, parent, or special guest. Through music, art, dance, spoken and written word, and sometimes photographs and video, we address broad themes and special topics, such as service to others, sustainability, the Golden Rule, world religions, and friendship.
In addition to the Chapel presentation, services include singing, accompanied by our majestic Reiger organ, voluntary recitation of The Lord’s Prayer, and a moment of contemplative silence, which is an important exercise for students (and adults) of every age. Upper division students celebrate a monthly Eucharist in addition to daily Chapel.
Chapel services are—like our school—joyful, prayerful, spirited, and meaningful.
From its earliest conception, this school has been about something very important. Embedded in the subjects you study—art, music, math, computers, science, English, all of them—is our belief that each of us is part of something bigger than we can see with just our physical eyes. How and if you are religious is up to you and your parents, but at our core we at St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s believe that all creation is sacred and that that includes each of you.” The Rev. Buddy Stallings, Chaplain and Alumni Parent
Chapel unites our community through shared experiences, song, prayer, and silence.