Pipers Corner

Chaplaincy and Worship

The spiritual life of the school, with our Chapel as the focus, offers a variety of opportunities for worship and reflection.

The main role of the School Chaplain is to:

  • facilitate, mediate and represent spiritual life.
  • reach out to both students and staff with compassion.

This is achieved in a number of ways:

  • by behaving in ways that show the love of God.
  • by allowing questioning and debate about God.
  • through teaching.
  • by asking suitable and challenging questions.
  • by defusing awkward situations with gentleness.

In our current age we see a generation being swallowed up in consumerism and materialism. But young people, with their freshness and creativity are open to the spiritual life. Pipers Corner is, like all good schools, a place of experiment, where what is compelled is less important than the way life is lived out. The challenge is to form ethically informed young people in a secular world.

The Chaplain, representing the loving and tenacious care of the Church can offer alternative ways of behaving and thinking; and has the great privilege of access. This is a golden opportunity, even if it is only to honour and notice with more spiritual clarity what is already being done.

As Chaplain at Pipers Corner, my role is to oversee the Christian ethos of the School. I would hope that the time that they spend here will at least have given them some sense that there is a greater power than themselves and that's God.

Rev. Mary Gurr

Collective worship

Whole School, House, Year Group and Departmental Assemblies provide a variety of opportunities for acts of worship of a broadly Christian character which challenge and enrich every member of the school. These are led by visiting clergy including the Chaplain, teaching staff and the girls. 

The Chapel is a place for quiet reflection, private prayer and active worship. Short morning services and Holy Communion are conducted regularly by senior staff and a number of local ordained ministers. Boarders attend the local parish church of St Michael and All Angels in Hughenden every other Sunday. There are regular services in the school Chapel which are taken by a senior member of staff or the school chaplain.

Confirmation classes take place each year in school for those girls who with to explore a developing Christian faith. 

Each year there are two Carol Services at the end of the Autumn Term. The Pre-Prep and Prep Service takes place in Hughenden Church and the Senior School Service in All Saints' Church, High Wycombe. A Leavers' Service is held on the last day of the school year in Hughenden Church. 

Finally, there are two Christian Unions, which meet weekly. The aims of both are to offer girls a chance to explore the Christian faith and to have the opportunity for time to reflect on, and discuss faith issues in a safe setting.

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