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Worship

Worship is at the heart of our life together as a college, as we seek to honour God in every aspect of our life as individuals and as a community.

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Our chapel is a multi-purpose worship space situated between our dining room and main lecture room, signalling our intention to integrate as much as possible the different aspects of our shared life.

Our corporate worship involves a wide variety of styles, reflecting the range of values that we have as a community, and our ethos as an evangelical, charismatic Anglican community that wants to speak to, engage with, and learn from other traditions. As with any worshipping, learning community there are moments of struggle and tension, but there are also moments of profound encounter and growth which change our lives and shape who we are.

We believe that true worship needs to involve serious engagement with God, as we grow in our own personal relationship with him and with one another.

Our patterns of worship and growth together include the following aspects:

Morning Prayer: every day we meet together for Morning Prayer led by students and staff. The form this takes varies from week to week but always includes time for prayer and listening to God's word from the Bible.

Weekly Midday Prayer: Faculty, students and staff come together once a week led by students and faculty with Bible readings, worship and time for prayer and reflection.

Weekly Service: the community shares a weekly late afternoon  service during term time

Spirituality day: one day of the college week is given over specifically to looking at matters relating to 'Spirituality'. The day ends with a meal and a service of worship for the whole community (including spouses, young people, children and staff).

Quiet days: these take place twice a year, either within college or at an external location.

Formation groups:students are part of a small group supervised by a member of teaching staff. They meet regularly to pray, reflect, discuss and have fun together.

In addition to these regular 'organised' activities, students are encouraged to form their own small prayer groups. Students, spouses, and staff and also organise further times of prayer, such as Half Nights or Prayer and International Prayer Groups to pray for specific situations and people.