“When you put faith, hope and love together, you can raise positive kids in a negative world.”
We have three core values at Epworth , faith, compassion, and courage.
In Latin, this is fida, humana, and fortis. They come from our belief in Jesus’ instruction to love God with
“all our heart… soul… mind…and strength and to
love our neighbour as we love ourselves.”
(Mark 12 and Luke 10)
At Epworth we believe…
- Faith enables us to believe in spiritual good for everyone.
- Compassion helps us care for the world and all who live in it.
- Courage gives us strength to work for change wherever it is needed.
What is a Methodist ethos?
An ethos is a distinctive spirit or culture. A Methodist understanding comes from the lives of two brothers, John and Charles Wesley. They were university students when they began to develop their belief that Christians should have a strong personal faith that was lived out in communities of accountability and service.
Epworth was founded by Methodist churchwomen as a place with a distinctive spirit and culture designed to produce women who could love, learn and lead.
Today, our Methodist ethos focuses on a spirituality of heart, head, and hands.
- Heart (we LOVE God and humanity)
- Head (we LEARN to know ourselves and appreciate others)
- Hands (we LEAD using all our gifts, skills and talents)
Regular Chapel services are held during the week with both pupil and staff participation. The boarders attend Sunday services at the local Methodist Church and also have the opportunity to attend a youth group on Friday evenings. Each term ends with a special Chapel service, one of which is our annual Confirmation Service.
The Preparatory Children from Grade R to 7 attend weekly Chapel Services and celebrate various other religious events in the Chapel. All these services embrace the school’s ethos of participation of every child through readings, prayers and music. The pupils in the Prep School are also invited to take part in Scripture Union groups that meet every week.
The High School pupils are invited to take part in Cell Groups that meet every week. These groups are designed to allow the pupils to study and discuss the Bible in a friendly environment. GUC (Girls United in Christ) is a Christian group that meets during our extension programme and is run by a committee of girls. We have a Worship Team consisting of girls who lead worship in some of the weekly services, as well as in the special services.