Our Chapel is genuinely considered by present and past pupils to be the heart of the College. This magnificent building, with its glorious soaring architecture, lifts the hearts and minds of those who enter it, giving them space to think and reflect, to pray and to worship. It comfortably seats over 700.
Chapel provides pupils with a firm foundation on which to build their lives and teaches them the value of justice, peace, love, compassion, forgiveness and integrity - things which are central to the Christian way of life, and indeed to all humanity.
Cheltenham College is a Christian foundation and Chapel services follow the practice of the Church of England. We do, however, maintain and try to encourage a deep respect for other faiths.
The whole school attends a service on four mornings during the week. Many voices are heard throughout the week from both the staff and pupil communities, as well as from the local churches of Cheltenham. Though holding fast to, and prioritizing, Christian belief and practice, the purpose of morning chapel is the development of the ethical, philosophical and aesthetical dimension of each child. To this end, a thematic syllabus is followed throughout the year, corresponding in many ways to the Church calendar, but also facilitating broader reflection and teaching.
The main service is on Sunday evenings at 8pm, to which parents and visitors are most welcome. A voluntary service of Holy Communion is celebrated early on a week-day morning each week, and once every half-term College Eucharist replaces the Evening Prayer service on a Sunday.
Worship throughout the Year
Choral Evensong is sung on either Wednesday or Thursday every week and a healthy number of local residents attend. And on the afternoon of Christmas Eve the Chapel is filled with nearly one thousand worshippers for its service of Lessons and Carols.
Situated underneath Chapel 'The Crypt' is at the heart of chaplaincy. This multipurpose space accommodates the following events and activities: intimate services of Holy Communion, group bible study, confirmation preparation, experiential prayer and contemporary worship, and pastoral conversation.
The Senior Chaplain, The Revd Dr Adam Dunning is assisted by an Honorary Chaplain, a Staff Chaplaincy Team and pupil representatives in each of the Houses.
The Senior Chaplain - The Revd Dr Adam Dunning
Adam joined both College and the Cheltenham Prep from parish ministry. For six years he was Rector of Orton Longueville in the city of Peterborough. During this time he was also an honorary Chaplin at Uppingham.
Since ordination Adam has served in the dioceses of Worcester, Birmingham, Ely and now Gloucester. He was educated at King Edward VI College, Stourbridge, before reading Philosophy and Theology at Oxford University. From there he was prepared for ordination at Westcott House, Cambridge and at the same time completed a Ph.D at the University of Birmingham in the field of late medieval mystical theology under the supervision of Professor Denys Turner.
In addition to overseeing the Chapel and running the TPE Department, Adam is much involved in offering pastoral support to staff and pupils. In the Summer Term he coaches Cricket he also runs Wargames Society.
The Chaplain - The Revd Dr Adrian Samuel
Having studied Philosophy to doctorate level at the Universities of Essex and Warwick, Adrian went on to be ordained to the priesthood at St. Mary Abbots, Kensington having trained in theology at St. Mellitus College, London. Adrian served his curacy at St. Mary's, Twickenham and worked as Chaplain and Head of Department in Richmond upon Thames College, before joining Cheltenham College in 2012. Adrian teaches Theology, Philosophy & Ethics, and runs the Philosophy Society, Philosophy Club and the Upper College Society. He is a keen tennis player, and is married to our Assistant Chaplain.
The Assistant Chaplain - The Revd Dr Kerry Samuel
Kerry studied Theology at the University of Nottingham and went on to do her PGCE at Cambridge before working for five years at St. Paul's College, Hong Kong as lay chaplain and Head of Religious Studies. On returning to England, she completed her PhD in Theology at King's College, London and was ordained to the priesthood alongside her husband Adrian, serving her curacy with him at St. Mary's, Twickenham. They have three children, aged nine, eight and four.