Campus Life

Chapels/Retreats

Kindergarten through fourth grader students enjoy a time of worship every Friday from 8:30–9 a.m. At every chapel, selected students lead pledges to the American flag, Christian flag, and Bible. One student offers a prayer and our music teacher leads students and faculty members in a time of worship. Singing begins with fun, upbeat contemporary Christian songs which are perfect for hand motions and interactive fun! The time closes with a song that quiets hearts and prepares students to hear a message.

Throughout the school year each class helps lead a chapel service. Students present an aspect of character development, a story from the Bible, or a spiritual truth. Under the direction of the teacher, each classroom demonstrates its God-given creativity during this class performance with Scripture readings, musical performances, and skits.

At the end of each academic quarter, an Awards Assembly recognizes students receive with awards in the following categories: Achievement, Character, Service, and Inspiration. This chapel celebrates God's goodness: He is the giver of our gifts and abilities and we are to invest those talents in the lives of others. Additionally, guest speakers are often invited to provide a chapel message. These guests teach a biblical principle by performing a captivating skit, presenting a puppet show, or using the art of illusion.

Four times a year the student body worships together at All-School Chapels–to begin the school year, Veterans Day, Christmas, and Easter. From the youngest preschooler to our oldest senior, our students are knit together as a community through these services.
Every Thursday, Middle and Upper School students gather together with faculty and staff members for a chapel service. A time of praise and worship opens the service. Typically, following worship, a faculty member, community leader, youth pastor or inspirational speaker shares a message which encourages students to pursue a deeper walk with God.

Chapel services encourage unity of the spirit as described in Romans 15:5-6: "May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." Members of the Whitefield community come from a variety of backgrounds, have a wide range of talents and personalities, and view life from very different lenses and perspectives. Yet the thread that binds together every student, faculty, and staff member is faith in Jesus Christ.

Students are involved with planning services through the Chapel Committee members plan services and initiate new and creative ideas for reaching classmates. Students also participate in the services themselves by singing, playing an instrument, reading a Scripture, praying, and managing A/V equipment.

Whitefield holds special services throughout the year including all-school chapels for Veterans Day, Christmas, and Easter.

In February, as a part of the school's commitment to racial diversity, we dedicate a chapel to Black History Month. Additionally, we use some of the chapel meeting times to highlight points of special emphasis at Whitefield including honor, arts, missions, and academics.
At the beginning of each school year, all Middle School and Upper School students attend retreats. Retreats are held at different locations for each grade or school level and are often off-campus and overnight. This experience provides an opportunity for students and advisors to build relationships and kick off a new year in a Christ-centered, fun way. Locations have included Camp ASCCA, Camp Highland, Sharp Top Cove, and an on-campus retreat for fifth grade students. Activities such as canoeing, swimming, navigating high ropes courses, playing Frisbee golf, hiking beautiful trails, and soaring on zip lines are common, and students also enjoy chapel services, team building activities, large-group games, beautiful facilities, and delicious meals. Retreats are chaperoned by Whitefield faculty members along with school administrators.

Students and faculty members return from these retreats with stronger friendships, a renewed focus on Christ, and an excitement about the things to come in the school year.