Epworth is a Christian school with a proud Methodist ethos. Our religion is important to us and central to school life. Our beautiful 50-year old chapel is set fittingly in the centre of our grounds. Assemblies and other school gatherings begin with Bible readings and prayer. Every week there is boarders’ chapel, school chapel and assembly, and attendance is compulsory. Weekly chapel focuses on our lives and our relationship with God. Assembly focuses on life in the world and our role within the community.
As in the words of our school motto, “Fida, Humana, Fortis”, we believe:
- Faith enables us to believe in spiritual good for everyone
- Compassion helps us care for the world and all who live here
- Courage gives us strength to strive for change wherever it is needed.
Epworth is not owned by the church. We are a Christian community with an affiliation to the Methodist Church of Southern Africa. The school is independently owned by a Trust, governed by a Board, and is operated through a management structure.
Epworth pupils represent over ten different Christian denominations and we also have many non-Christian pupils. We welcome all, as our Methodist ethos allows us to welcome anyone who is willing to live according to our standards and values.
Whilst we recognise that every moment of each day is an opportunity to be aware of the presence of Christ with us, and to grow in the knowledge and grace of Him, these are the specific activities that allow our pupils to engage and reflect on matters regarding their faith journey:
- Monday chapel (compulsory for all pupils)
- Boarders’ Sunday chapel (compulsory for all termly boarders): alternates between services at Epworth, Metro Methodist church in town and St Charles College (along with the St John’s boarders)
- Cell groups: these small discussion groups (six to eight pupils from within the same grade) meet weekly during school time to further discuss and engage with the topics covered in chapel, look more closely at what the Bible has to say and also provide support and accountability for the pupils. These groups are not compulsory: girls may choose instead to be part of a reading group that looks at relevant issues, without a Christian focus.
- Confirmation classes: for girls wishing to be confirmed, or to grow in their Christian faith, these classes take place in the second and third term of each year, culminating in our Confirmation service in the third term. At this service there is also an opportunity for girls to be baptised, should they wish.
- SCA: this group meets weekly and is a wonderful, safe place for Christian pupils to worship together, receive teaching, discuss, pray for and support one another. It is a great opportunity for Christians from all grades, day scholars and boarders to get to know each other better, and encourage Christian unity. We also try at least once a term to link in with SCA’s from other schools.
- Prayer meeting: we have a weekly prayer meeting that takes place at break time, and also provide opportunities after our chapel services for girls who would like to be prayed for.
- Worship team: our worship team assists in leading worship at our Monday chapel services. The group meets on a Friday in our club slots to practice, but also to share and grow in our understanding of worship and how to lead worship.
“Epworth provides us with a perfectly balanced life, allowing us to grow in faith. Epworth is a place that I can show my true self!”
~ Grade 9 Epworth pupil