The student vestry's purpose is to underscore the significance of faith in the School’s mission statement. Vestry members are individuals for whom faith and spirituality are important.
The vestry is an extension of the Chapel Program for Lower, Middle, and Upper School. Tangible duties include such things as reading lessons, leading prayers, giving chapel talks, distributing communion, leading the procession and actively participating in the Chapel Service. But oftentimes the Vestry serves most profoundly by meeting intangible goals. As liturgy is “the work of the people,” the Vestry stands as “the people” representing the student community and providing feedback, insight and new ideas to the Chaplain. The Vestry meets regularly with the Chaplain to communicate the attitude, needs and growth areas of the student body.
The key to understanding the Vestry is not the program that it carries out but the presence it provides on campus. The Vestry serves as an incarnational reminder of God’s presence in our midst and openly articulates a relationship between God and humanity. This pastoral and prophetic voice offers profound meaning and calls us into deeper love with God and neighbor.