Senior Chapel message comes from the Holy Land
January 15, 2021

Rydal Penrhos Senior School pupils got a special message from Jerusalem during their latest Friday Chapel.

Rydal Penrhos has worked hard to ensure that pupils and staff attain some semblance of normality despite COVID-19 health concerns and various lockdown measures. Things do look a little different in some respects, but the structure is still there and benefitting children young and old.

One such case is with the school’s Chapels and Assemblies, which are put together in a virtual format and led by the school’s Chaplain, the Reverend Nick Sissons, together with various contributions from teaching staff, pupils, and some special guests.

For the latest edition of Senior Chapel on Friday 15 February, Rev’d Sissons enlisted the help of the Very Rev’d Canon Richard Sewell, who is Dean of St George’s College in Jerusalem, which is situated just ten minutes walk from Damascus Gate in the heart of the holy city.

Rev’d Sewell last post before moving to Jerusalem was as Team Rector of Barnes Team Ministry which comprises three churches in South West London.

He was ordained a priest on the Feast of St Francis in 2003 and trained for ministry at St Augustine’s College. Rev’d Sewell studied Theology at the University of Birmingham and participated in further studies at Heythrop College for an MA in Biblical Studies.

In addition to his role as Dean of the College, Rev’d Sewell is a Residentiary Canon of St George’s Cathedral, Jerusalem and is Honorary Canon of Southwark Cathedral in his home diocese in the Church of England.

His message was a powerful one and with what can only be described as a stunning backdrop from a mountain top, which leaves plenty of food for thought in difficult times during the second educational lockdown.

On behalf of everyone at Rydal Penrhos we would like to thank Rev’d Sewell for giving up his time to make a contribution to our Senior Chapel, which can be viewed below.

Senior Chapel: 15 January 2021

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