Community in Worship
- Community Worship at the School of Divinity
School of Divinity chapel services are scheduled for 11am on each Tuesday during the academic year in Davis Chapel.
We study. We teach. We learn together. We also worship together. Weekly chapel services at the School of Divinity give students, faculty, staff, and community friends an opportunity to encounter God as we pray and sing together. School of Divinity chapel services also give worshippers unique opportunities to embody what they are learning in classrooms, even to infuse that learning with spiritual and theological insights peculiarly present when a community prays together.
Whether we hear the voices of nationally known preachers or experience the preaching gifts of local pastors, or celebrate the homiletical skills of third year students, or listen as faculty members craft that all important move from texts to sermons, the community has a chance in School of Divinity chapel services to reflect together on God’s presence and grace in our community and for the world.
The work of the people in chapel services is sacred work, but it is also educational work as it unfolds in a theological school. What do we learn as we pray together? Responses emerge in the form of questions stirred by our worship: What does it mean to pray together, coming as we do from such different theological places and spaces? How does what we learn in the classroom shape what we practice in worship? How do our weekly practices of prayer and praise move out through institutional doors and into the worlds where we live and work?
Chapel is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00am in Davis Chapel (located in Wingate Hall) unless otherwise noted. Worship Bulletins are available online.
Date Worship Leader Tuesday, August 27 Spirit of Fire: Transform Thursday, August 29 (Lower Auditorium) Service of Beginnings Tuesday, September 3 Katie Schlimmer, MDiv ’13 Thursday, September 5 (Wait Chapel) Opening Convocation with Melissa Rogers, Special Assistant to the President and Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Tuesday, September 10 Perry Dixon, MDiv ’13 Thursday, September 12 Thomas E. Frank, University Professor Tuesday, September 17 Jessica Chapman, MDiv ’14 Thursday, September 19 Lawrence Womack, Rector of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church (Winston-Salem) Tuesday, September 24 Worship in the Taize Tradition Thursday, September 26
Clifford Jones, Pastor of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church (Charlotte) Tuesday, October 1 April Johnson, MDiv ’14 Thursday, October 3 Mark Reece, Pastor of Piney Grove Baptist Church (Mt. Airy) Tuesday, October 8 Kim Priddy, MDiv ’14 Thursday, October 10 No Worship, Fall Break Tuesday, October 15 Abby Pratt, MDiv ’14 Thursday, October 17 Joe Phelps, Pastor of Highland Baptist Church (Louisville, KY) Tuesday, October 22 Megan Snider, MDiv ’14 Thursday, October 24 Sheila Sholes-Ross, Executive Director of Communities in Schools Orange County; Co-Chair of Equity for Women in the Church Community, Alliance of Baptists Tuesday, October 29 Ka’thy Gore Chappell, Leadership Development Coordinator of CBF-NC Thursday, October 31 Gail R. O’Day, Dean and Professor of New Testament and Preaching Tuesday, November 5 Caitie Smith, MDiv ’14 Thursday, November 7 Led by Feminist, Womanist, and Mujerista Theologies class Tuesday, November 12 Led by student organization, Beatitudes Thursday, November 14 John Senior, Director of Art of Ministry and Assistant Professor of the Practice of Religion and Society Tuesday, November 19 Rosalind Bradley, Chaplain Supervisor at Wake Forest Baptist Health Thursday, November 21 Craig Schaub, Minister of Parkway United Church of Christ (Winston-Salem) Tuesday, November 26 Led by student organization, EcoTheo Thursday, November 28 No Worship, Thanksgiving Break Tuesday, December 3 Led by the Office of the Chaplain at Wake Forest University Thursday, December 5 (Lower Auditorium) Service of Lessons and Carols
- Project Chapel
Project Chapel was introduced during the Spring 2012 semester and offers worship services at an alternative time in addition to the regularly scheduled Tuesday community worship.
In its introduction to the student body, Master of Divinity student Molly Bolton shared the following about the vision of Project Chapel:
A creative new service is hitting the Wake Div scene
And here’s an inside scoop, it’s an ecumenical dream
We love Tuesday Chapel
So this won’t interfere
And our services are short,
So busy-bodies, hold the tear.
The goal is to serve up the Word, hot and fresh like apple pie
The Spirit just might move you in a way you can’t deny
There will be high church and low church and church in between
There will some things new and some you’ve seen
Some services will be rigid and others, loose
It’s got me so pumped up that I’m sounding like Seuss
There will be dancing and caroling and poems and quiet.
Like green eggs and ham—you really should try it.
It will change situations
It will change locations
So keep your eyes peeled for the invitations
This is a project of praise and we pray that you’re present
To participate, meditate, activate, associate, innovate, contemplate, recreate, make it great.
Find the latest updates and information on Project Chapel by “liking” us on Facebook.
>> More information Project Chapel services will be posted on the Calendar of Events each semester.
- Worship Opportunities in Winston-Salem
Finding a faith community to join during your journey at the School of Divinity is important, not only for support, but for spiritual growth and community involvement. To help you find a church, we’ve put together a Worship Opportunities Resource Guide with local churches suggested by current students – view it here.