Our beautiful Chapel of St Luke stands at the heart of the Epsom College community. Its position at the heart of the School campus serves as a reminder that Chapel is central to everything we do in the school. It underlines our Christian heritage, ethos and values. The building bears witness to all who have gone before us and honours their memory.
Open to all.
The Chapel is open every day and accessible to every member of the school community. A variety of services are offered throughout the week and reflect the diversity of liturgy to be found in the Christian year. Morning prayers are offered for the School on a daily basis.
Many Old Epsomians often return to the Chapel. Sometimes this is just to sit where they once sat as pupils, but for many the return can be for the celebration of their marriage.
For those within the school during term time, Chapel is often seen a place of quiet sanctuary – a space that offers the opportunity for drawing breath and reflection at busy times. For all of us here, Chapel is more than just the building: it reflects the sense of love at the heart of what it means to be a community.
The Chaplain may be a priest, a religious brother or sister, or a layperson. A layperson is someone who is baptised into the Christian community and actively tries to live out and share their faith.
Chaplaincy is an important part of Pastoral Care at Epsom College. The Chaplains are trained in this specialist area and appointed by the Bishop and Headmaster.
At Epsom, we have a wide diversity of skills and religious traditions within the Chaplaincy team. They care for the whole School and also the liturgical occasions for the Christians who attend Chapel.
Working closely with the School’s Muslim Imam and Hindu Priest, we are able to offer a multi-faith Chaplaincy for the whole School community.
The Chaplaincy Team.
- Senior Chaplain: Revd Canon P Thompson
- Associate Chaplain: Revd Canon A Esdaile
- Assistant Chaplain: Mrs R Catterall
- Hindu Chaplain: Ms M Joshi
- Muslim Chaplain: Dr H Hammuda
What do the Chaplains do?
The Chaplains are here to listen. They spend much of their day meeting with people, often on a one-to-one basis. Another important part of their work is to coordinate the liturgical life of the school within Chapel with its many and varied services through the year.
Pupils and staff are prepared for the variety of sacraments of the Church. Many become involved in the Prayer Groups. A short service of Morning Prayer is held in Chapel each day. The Chaplains are also involved in teaching and learning in the school, and in the co-curricular programme.
Confirmation at Epsom College.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is available to all pupils and staff at Epsom College, irrespective of age or year. Preparation classes take place during the Lent Term. Pupils are encouraged to sign up for the Confirmation activity slot, which operates during the working day. The Senior Chaplain leads in the preparation and delivery of these classes.
Parent Prayer Group.
The aim of the prayer group is to provide a forum for prayer, contemplation, Christian fellowship and support to both teachers and Epsom College parents. The group aims to meet early in the morning two or three times a term.
Senior Chaplain: Revd Canon Paul Thompson
Telephone: 01372 821288