At. St. Richard's we are extremely fortunate to have a partnership with the beautiful and historic Trinity Episcopal Church. We celebrate in this space and use it as a means through which our school community comes together for worship. At St. Richard's, this is a time to pray, reflect and celebrate our faith. While all of the services are rooted within the Episcopal traditions, we are deeply respectful of each student's innate spirituality and faith background. According to the National Association of Episcopal Schools:
- Episcopal schools ensure that chapel is a place of genuine hospitality that supports the spiritual growth of all, regardless of faith tradition.
- Chapel plays a unique role in binding students of different ages together and building community across the age span of the school.
- Parents, parishioners, alumni and other members of the wider community of the school are graciously welcomed.
- In addition to celebrating Christian feasts and holy days, Episcopal school chapel honors with integrity the diversity within and among the world’s many faiths. Worship is enriched by sacred or secular texts and music from a variety of religious traditions, languages and cultures.
- Lower Division Chapel on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 8:15 a.m.
- All School Chapel on Wednesday mornings at 8:15 a.m.
- Early Childhood students regularly attend an age appropriate chapel based on the teachers' schedules.
Based on 40+ years of research and practice, Godly Play is a creative, imaginative approach to faith formation and spiritual guidance with a Montessori foundation. PK-Grade 2 students attend Godly Play once a week. The Godly Play approach helps students explore their faith through story, absorb religious language, and enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play.
Middle Division students attend chapel and divinity classes once a week. The Divinity curriculum varies at each grade level:
- Grade 5 students study the New Testament
- Grade 6 student study the Hebrew scriptures
- Grade 7 students study world religions
- Grade 8 students study church history and ethics. Topics include understanding the family tree of denominations and how to be a good guest at other churches or places of worship. Services include a collection of classic hymns, and there is an exposure to several faith traditions including high holidays for major world religions.