The school year at Pella Christian is in full swing, meaning chapels are once again apart of students’ lives every week. A new theme, more prayer, and live streaming are just a few of the new aspects of chapels the school can look forward to.
The theme for chapels this year is, “See God’s Story, Live God’s Story.” This theme is based on 1 Peter 2:9: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
One new aspects to chapels this year is the requirement to bring a Bible. “We feel it is very important for every student to be in the Word, and we will look for different ways to incorporate this in to our chapels. We believe the greatest story ever told is in the Bible, and we want students to know this,” said chapel advisor Jodi DeVries.
Another area the chapel planning team wants to focus on is talking and listening to God more as individuals and a student body. “We also want to focus more time on prayer and will find different ways to engage the students in prayer,” said DeVries.
Live streamed chapels are another great component being used in chapels, which was started last year to allow a larger audience to view them. Every chapel will be livestreamed, recorded, and then uploaded to the school’s youtube, so anyone can watch it live or go back and rewatch it. Another idea the chapel team wants to pursue is going to area Christian grade schools and leading chapels there. “We believe this is a great opportunity for our students to share their gifts and talents and lead another student body in worship,” said DeVries
Chapels at Pella Christian are held twice a week on Tuesday and Friday mornings. Choir director Tim Van Voorst, and DeVries are the leaders of the chapel planning class. “I love seeing the student body join as one, to take time out of their busy school lives to gather and worship together. I also look forward to seeing how the theme is incorporated into chapels throughout the year,” said DeVries.
The class consists of sophomores, juniors and seniors, who collectively work together to plan out what the chapel year will look like. Their work involves planning chapels, suggesting speakers, working on music and song ideas, helping with tech, sound, and projection.
In the eyes of DeVries, the main goal of chapel at PCHS is to offer a space for students to worship God. “It’s a time for students to take a break from their daily responsibilities and busyness and take 25 minutes to focus their hearts and minds on our awesome God,” she said. “We have students from all different backgrounds and churches, so what a great way to join together through all of those differences and find a space to worship together and learn more about loving Jesus and following Him. I also believe it is a time to share our burdens.”
Chapels are an excellent time for students to walk alongside each other, support each other and encourage one another. “I want chapel to be something that students WANT to go to, not just something they HAVE to go to,” said DeVries.