James Dilworth’s Will requires the Trustees to ensure that Dilworth students be given a Christian Education, grounded in the traditions of the Anglican Church. Accordingly, the school is affiliated to The Anglican Church in Aotearoa – New Zealand. The Bishop of Auckland serves as the school’s Episcopal Visitor and visits the school on a regular basis, reporting both to the Trustees and to the Anglican Church.
Chapel services are central to the spiritual life at the school. Two days a week, each Campus assembles for a brief service of Morning Prayer. On Sunday evenings, students attend Evening Prayer, held on their Campus when they return from weekend leave. It is expected that parents and guardians of the boys attend these services regularly.
Chapel Services follow the Anglican liturgical year, incorporating Lent, Easter, Advent and Christmas. Special services such as Baptisms, Confirmations and Anzac Day Service are held in the Chapel. Wedding and funeral services are also an integral part of our Chaplaincy as we serve the wider Dilworth school community.
From the Chaplain
When speaking about change, ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus wrote: ‘'There is nothing permanent except change.' One Christian preacher recently said that, “without change, there is no growth.” During this final term of the year, schools with Anglican foundations move into the season of Advent. Advent brings with it themes of change, emergence, new dawn, new beginnings, expectation and arrival. Advent reminds the Christian of the arrival of the person of Jesus Christ to our world. His arrival points to a wonderful new future and it introduces a new period of waiting that changes our expectations, hopes and dreams.
‘But make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing!’ Romans 13 verse 11 (The Message Bible.)
Rev Warren Watson
Term 4 2016
Rev's Advent verse and prayer for the week:
'To you Lord I lift my soul; my God I have put my trust in you; you are God my Saviour; for you have I waited all day long.' - Psalm 25 verse 1
God of hope, when Christ your Son appears may he not find us asleep or idle, but active in his service and ready. Amen.
Luke 2 verse 40 describes Jesus as a young man in this way. "And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the Grace of God was on him." This verse encourages us to help young men grow physically well and strong. Secondly, the verse underlines the importance of helping young men grow academically, in wisdom and knowledge. Thirdly, the verse calls young men to grow spiritually, in and through the Grace of God. This holistic and balanced approach underpins our Religious Education Department.
The Chaplain, Reverend Warren Watson and the Religious Education teacher, Mr James Hannah, work together to ensure the boys are given a Christian Education. Students attend one Religious Education lesson per week.
Religious education at the Junior Campus is focused on developing Biblical knowledge and Christian Values. Classroom activities include using drama, written activities, games and multi-media.
Living and working in a rural setting, RE at the Rural Campus is based around God’s creation, creative assignments and further Christian knowledge about Jesus. The special connection with the rural environment provides us with the opportunity to link the Bible with what the boys are experiencing through their outdoor pursuits.
RE at the Senior Campus involves study of the life and times of Jesus and how they relate to life in the 21st Century. There is also an outward focus on local, national and international issues, especially with regard to the Christian faith and how it shapes ethical decision-making. The course work gives an historical overview of the Anglican Church and an introduction to philosophy is also offered to senior students.