“… that we being rooted and grounded in love, may have power to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and breadth and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge…” (Ephesians 3.18)
There has been a Christian place of worship on the school’s site since Domesday when in 1087 William I cites in the survey of East Lavington consisting of: “Eleven villagers with seven smallholders have four ploughs, a church, woodland, ten pigs….”
Seaford College has a rich history associated to it and a strong Christian Foundation strengthened by Canon Charles Johnson in 1945 when he brought the school to its current site from Seaford and Worthing respectively.
The Chaplaincy embraces all religious persuasions and every degree of Faith driven by a deeply held Christian conviction that all people are loved by God without reservation, whether they profess a religious commitment or not at all.
A typical Chapel Week:
Monday: 8.35am Assembly and Prayer in the Johnson Hall.
Wednesday: 8.30am Wilberforce service in the Chapel.
Thursday: 8.30pm Candlelit Boarders’ service
Friday: 8.30am Whole School Service (Johnson Hall) where the Chaplain or a visiting speaker will address the school.
Confirmation Classes: commence from October for Year 9 and above with a service of Confirmation held annually by the Bishop of Horsham.
Roman Catholics: Arrangements for Roman Catholic pupils is made and we are supported well by our local Catholic Chaplain in Petworth, Father Peter Newsam.
House Chapel Wardens: Each house has a Chapel Warden to encourage services and oversee pastoral issues and house services when they arise. Also their role of overseeing the maintenance of the Chapel is paramount as well as encouraging its space for reflection amongst the student body.
Charitable Giving: Non-uniform days and other charitable initiatives are encouraged. Our strong link with “The Peace International School” in Kigali, Rwanda is a strong connection that encourages giving not only of money but of time as visits from staff and pupils unfold. Our recent trip in October 2011 will foster and propagate this invaluable link as we benefit alongside the Rwandan community.
Pastoral: The Chaplain is available to discuss personal matters, offering “round the clock” support throughout the week. A school counsellor is also on hand to listen and offer counsel. Furthermore, Pastoral visits to the boarding houses in the evenings are regular, culminating with a voluntary service of communion or compline with the kind permission from the houseparent.