The Chapel at Bradfield is integral to the life and ethos of the College. All pupils attend Chapel services as part of their weekly programme.
The core of Chapel life is that everyone connected with the Bradfield community regardless of their particular beliefs are welcome and encouraged to engage with the moral and spiritual life of our community in our beautiful Chapel. The services are distinctively Christian but are accessible to those of all faiths and none.
The Chapel stands at the heart of the school and on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings there is a short morning service led by either staff or pupils. On Friday evenings, we have a choral service, frequently with visiting preachers. Chapel is a place where many pupils have developed their leadership skills through leading worship, reading from the bible and delivering a reflection.
History of the Chapel
The Chapel was opened in 1903 by the Bishop of Oxford at Commemoration. Previously, the College used the parish church, St Andrew’s, located the other side of the Quadrangle with local residents.
However, it was judged that the sermons did not meet the needs of either group so the decision was made to build a chapel specifically for the boys at the College.
The College grace
BENEDIC NOBIS DOMINE DEUS atque iis donis Tuis quae de Tua largitate sumus sumpturi, per Jesum Christum Dominum Nostrum. AMEN
AGIMUS Tibi gratias, Omnipotens Deus, pro his et universis donis Tuis, quae de Tua largitate accepimus, Qui vivis et regnas et es Deus in saecula saeculorum.
BLESS US, LORD GOD and these thy gifts which we are about to receive from thy bounty, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. AMEN
WE GIVE thee thanks Almighty God for these and all they gifts which we have received of thy bounty, who livest and reignest, and art God for ever and ever. AMEN
Pupil involvement and leadership is key to the life of the Chapel throughout the year. Each house provides a House Chapel rep who is involved in helping to suggest moral and religious themes to explore. Over the past year, we have explored a spiritual response to body image, political involvement and global warming.
In addition, the House Reps take a leadership role in their own House-led services, which each House leads once a year. We have had House-led services with themes ranging from the evidence of the resurrection, human equality and responding to mobile phone addiction.
Every year at the end of the Michaelmas Term, the Chapel hosts carol services to which all the Bradfield Community are warmly invited. Our first carol service of the year is in honour of the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust. This is followed by our Bradfield Society service on Winter Bradfield Day, after the Huxham run. This service is always popular with OBs, members from our local community, as well as those currently in the school.
On the Monday, we go to St James’s Church Paddington for all those connected with Bradfield who may be in the London area. Our two College Carol Services take place later that week; all are most welcome to attend. Tickets are typically available from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/bradfieldevents
Parents Prayer Group
Bradfield has a new Parents Prayer Group which meets twice a term to pray for our school. This is a small but growing group. Parents, relatives and guardians are most welcome to join this fellowship group. The first meeting of takes place in October. Do email the chaplain for further details: email@example.com.
Weddings and Baptisms
Bradfield College Chapel has many weddings and baptisms for OBs or current or former members of staff. If you are interested in exploring this further, please email the Chaplain: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every May Bradfield hosts a Confirmation Service in Chapel with Bishop Andrew Proud, the Bishop of Reading, officiating. Confirmation preparations sessions take place on Thursday evenings during the Lent Term at 6pm. Both Church of England and Roman Catholic pupils participate in these preparation sessions.
Before the Confirmation service, the group have a quiet day at Douai Abbey. If you are interested in finding our more, please email the Chaplain: email@example.com.
The Swinbank Society has a long history at Bradfield College; named after a former Chaplain and Housemaster of Army House, the Reverend John Swinbank, the society has been meeting weekly for over 70 years. In its current format the society meets on Tuesday evenings in Hillside, where pupils from all year groups, of all faiths and none, gather in an informal setting to listen to a guest speaker and to engage in discussion about the claims of the Christian faith. For further details, email Mr Chris Carlier (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mr Anand Singh (email@example.com).