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Schools celebrate everything they share

Students, chaplains and heads at the Anglican schools service. Picture: Peter Bratuskins 

By Andrew Stewart 

5 August 2022

After an enforced break with COVID it was wonderful to have 27 schools from the diocese and province gather at St Paul’s Cathedral for a service of worship to celebrate all that we share in common. The theme for this years’ service was “Creating Ripples”. 

 The service began with a colourful processional of heads, chaplains and student leaders processing into the cathedral with their respective school banners.  

We were warmly welcomed by the dean and the service featured contributions from students from a number of Anglican Schools. Reflecting on the service theme, Yarra Valley Grammar chaplain the Reverend Paul Joy invited students to reflect on how they can be ripple makers – turning their big idea into reality with God’s help.  

The creative service included a dramatic reading, prayers and times of interaction, where students were invited to share their thoughts and ideas on the service theme with each other. Students had a chance to place their offertory in a large water-filled bowl gently creating their own ripples of impact.  

With the Dean’s blessing fresh in their ears students departed the cathedral having been encouraged by the time spent in worship and strengthened by sense of deeper connection with the wider Anglican Church. 

The Reverend Andrew Stewart is chaplain at Mentone Grammar and chair of the Chaplains in Anglican Schools group. 

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