The Chaplaincy Week at Benenden
The whole School gathers three times a week (Monday, Tuesday and Friday) at 4.10pm. On a Thursday we have Form order. Each day, a different speaker from our community delivers an address on the weekly theme and we often offer a prayer and sing a hymn. We cover a wide range of material including current affairs, world faiths and School events.
During the term, there is a service every Sunday evening. Very often, it is a whole-School gathering, but occasionally, only those in School (i.e. not taking an exeat) are required to attend. At all other times during the term, we offer Voluntary Services. There is a whole-School Eucharist celebrated at least once a term, with the offer of House Eucharists during the term as well.
There are regular services held in our beautiful Chapel (services of the Word and Eucharists), which are open to anyone.
‘Bread’ meets at 7.30pm on Fridays during term, and is Benenden’s main forum for exploring the Christian faith. The meeting is open to all girls, whatever year they are in and of all faiths and none. Following a short talk, there is time for discussion and questions. The group plays games and there are always yummy snacks available.
We meet weekly on a Wednesday at 8.00am, with pastries and fruit juice, explore different parts of Scripture following a termly programme.
Girls are usually in the Fifth Form when they are confirmed, although girls may choose to be confirmed at any age. Preparation for Anglican Confirmation takes place during the latter part of the Autumn Term and the early part of the Spring Term. The Chaplain leads the preparation classes and is ably assisted by other members of staff. The Anglican confirmation takes place during the Summer Term usually at St George’s Church, Benenden. Preparation for Roman Catholic Confirmation, (in line with the Diocese' practice), takes place every two years. We hope for another Roman Catholic Preparation Confirmation Service in 2023.
Parents’ Prayer Meetings
Parents are warmly invited to join the Chaplain once a term to have a cuppa and pray for the School. The next meetings will be:
- Friday 11 February 2022 at 12.00pm
- Friday 25 March 2022 at 2.00pm
- Friday 27 May 2022 at 12.00pm
BenSen Prayer Meetings
Seniors' of Benenden School, both students and staff members meet twice a half term to pray for the needs of the School and for each other.