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A message from the Chaplain - 4 April

This week we have journeyed through the seasons of Lent, Holy Week and Easter with all students. We began with the Boarders Easter dinner on Monday evening. The girls enjoyed a beautiful meal of middle eastern lamb, couscous, flatbread and tzatziki as we reflected on the passover meal and the word ‘agape’ - an ancient Greek word for love and friendship. The Middle and Senior Years girls travelled to St Luke’s church on Wednesday to celebrate Holy Communion together. The service took the shape of Jesus’ last week with his disciples. We rejoiced with Palms, symbolically washed feet and listened to the story of the Last Supper, Jesus’ death on the cross and rising again. In the Junior Years we gathered in the assembly hall at the end of the day to hear the story of Peter and the Chicken.

It sometimes seems strange to celebrate Easter before the rest of the Christian church, and particularly while we are still in the middle of the season of Lent. As a school community, we are always on holidays for the two biggest celebrations in the church year, Easter and Christmas. So although we are a little out of sync, it is important for us as an Anglican school to recognise and celebrate as many Christian events as we can throughout the year. Below are dates of some of these celebrations. Parents and friends are always welcome.

Each year the Archbishop sets a challenge for schools, parishes and Anglican agencies to work towards. This year’s challenge is Generous Hospitality and Easter is a good time for us to reflect on how we can be more hospitable. I saw a Facebook meme this week that said simply - “Hospitality: Treating someone like they belong, before they belong, until they belong.” This struck me as one of Jesus’ key messages and he showed us this through the many examples he gave of welcoming the stranger, feeding those in need, caring for the sick and loving your neighbour. I wonder how you could show generous hospitality throughout the remaining weeks of Lent and the Easter season? As a family how could you make someone feel like they belong? I would encourage all our families to talk together about ways to show generous hospitality at home, at school and in our wider community.

One way to show our hospitality is in sharing Holy Communion and committing to the Christian faith. This year’s Confirmation Service is on Wednesday 19th June and is an opportunity for students aged 15 or over to confirm their baptismal vows. It is also an opportunity for parents and staff to be confirmed or to be received into the Anglican Communion from another Christian denomination. If you or your daughter are interested in Confirmation this year, please be in touch via email by the end of Week 1 next term. There will be several preparation sessions that we will run to discuss what confirmation is and the basics of the Christian faith.

Finally, I wish you all a safe, relaxing and blessed Easter. The Anglican Parishes in Toowoomba all have a variety of services to share in this sacred time. Information can be found on their websites and facebook pages. If you would like to catch up with me, I will be preaching in all centres of St Luke’s parish on Good Friday and presiding at the Service of the Light at St Luke’s Church at 5:30am Easter morning - a beautiful way to begin Easter Day! Glennie families are most welcome at all our Anglican churches and services of Holy Week and Easter.

Upcoming Dates

The Glennie School Anzac Day Service - All Welcome
Wednesday, 24 April 1:15pm
(on the oval or in the Sports Centre if wet weather)

Holy Communion in the School Chapel
Thursday, 2 May 7:55am
(and each Thursday during Term)

Family Communion Service
Sunday, 26 May 9:30am

Confirmation Service in the School Chapel
Wednesday, 19 June 7:00pm

Family Communion Service
Sunday, 21 July 9:30am

Foundation Day Service and Picnic (Prep - Year 12)
Wednesday, 7 August

Family Communion Service
Sunday, 8 September 9:30am

Year 5 to 6 Admission to Holy Communion Service
Wednesday, 18 September 1:15pm

Pet Blessing Service
Sunday, 13 October 10:00am

The Rev’d Sharon Mitchell
Chaplain

A photo gallery of the services can be viewed here for Junior Years.

A photo gallery of the services can be viewed here for Middle and Senior Years.