James Dilworth’s Will requires the Trustees to ensure that Dilworth students be given a Christian Education, grounded in the traditions of the Anglican Church. Accordingly, the school is affiliated to The Anglican Church in Aotearoa – New Zealand. The Bishop of Auckland is the school’s Episcopal Visitor and visits the school on a regular basis, reporting to both the Trustees and the Anglican Church.
Chapel services are central to the spiritual life at the school. Two days a week, each Campus assembles for a brief service of Morning Prayer. On Sunday evenings, students attend Evening Prayer held on their Campus when they return from weekend leave. It is expected that parents and guardians of the boys attend these services regularly.
Chapel Services follow the Anglican liturgical year, incorporating Lent, Easter, Advent and Christmas. Special services such as Baptisms, Confirmations and Anzac Day Commemoration are held in the Chapel. Wedding and funeral services are also an integral part of our Chapel, serving the wider Dilworth School community.
From the Chaplain
Christmas nowadays means different things to different people. It can mean good things like rest and refreshment, time with family and friends, holidays and happiness and of course food and fun. However, it can also bring along feelings of stress and sadness, financial worries and family arguments and to some young people, boredom, because of the long school holidays. Like many people, I have experienced all of these things over the years, both good and bad times, at Christmas. And so nowadays, as I prepare for each new Christmas, I always remind myself what the real purpose of Christmas is all about by reading the message of an Angel found in Luke Chapter 2 verses 10 to 14. The Angel reminds me that Christmas is all about Celebration; celebrating the birth of Jesus the Saviour of humankind. Secondly, Christmas is all about Salvation; salvation literally means freedom, so Christmas is all about God coming to bring freedom from sin and death. And thirdly, Christmas is all about Reconciliation; God reconciling humanity with Himself through Jesus’ birth. So this Christmas, if you begin to feel everything is ‘unwrapping’, remember the real purpose of Christmas and I’m sure God will bring His peace into your home and your heart.
‘Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men (and women) on whom his favour rests.’ Luke 2v14.
Rev Warren Watson
Luke 2 verse 40 describes Jesus as a young man in this way: “And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.”
This verse encourages us to help young men grow physically well and strong. Secondly, the verse underlines the importance of helping young men grow academically, in wisdom and knowledge. Thirdly, the verse calls young men to grow spiritually, through and in the grace of God. This holistic and balanced approach underpins our Religious Education Department.
The Chaplain, Reverend Warren Watson and the Religious Education teacher, Mr James Hannah, work together to ensure the boys are given a Christian Education. Students attend one RE lesson per week.
RE at the Rural Campus is based around God’s creation, creative assignments and further Christian knowledge about Jesus, especially living and working in a rural setting. The special connection with the rural environment provides us with the opportunity to link the Bible with what the boys are experiencing, through their outdoor pursuits.