Religious Life at Woodstock School
With the arrival this Spring of a new Chaplain, Rev. Sharon Sauer, Woodstock has been focusing on reinvigorating the school's spritual program. As she begins to shape various aspects of the program, Rev. Sauer's prior experience as a teacher becomes evident in the way she can teach a group of people, young and old. This is perhaps most evident in the new Voluntary Morning Chapel Service held at Ridgewood every Sunday. Geared to a student audience, the Chapel has been attended by a mixed group of 40 to 50 students and staff since the beginning of the semester. The Chapel involves the congregation through music, bible studies and discussions. Younger children are not left out as they are encouraged to draw their reflections on the narrated stories. The intention of this service is to provide a relevant service in a convenient venue for students who want to attend a Sunday morning worship service.
This year has seen other changes. The number of compulsory Evening Chapels for Middle School students has been reduced to twice a month. The Morning Assembly devotions now follow a fortnightly theme. This provides continuity and structure to the devotions.
Among things that have stayed the same are Friday Morning Bible Studies (FMBS). These voluntary meetings include a breakfast in the staff home where they are held and each grade focuses on a particular theme.
In September, the 7-8 Grade Retreat focused on 'Peer Pressure'. The aim was to teach the students to discern between positive and negative peer pressure, and to encourage students to be more positive in their actions and choices.
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