The school community came together on Sunday 30 April to attend the commissioning of our new chaplain, Reverend Deborah Wilson. Reverend Wilson has joined our small Woodford House family from the much larger St Peter’s College in Cambridge. The one thing that she commented on when she first visited our school was the strong family feel and that she was most excited about getting to know all the girls.
Many visitors from the wider community came to welcome Reverend Wilson. Waiapu Diocesan Bishop Andrew Hedge led the service accompanied by the Regional Dean in Hawke’s Bay, Reverend David van Oeveren, Diocesan Ministry Educator, Reverend Deborah Broome and Reverend Bryan Carey.
The service was one of joy, laughter and optimism. Reverend Wilson was given a moment to ask the girls what they wanted Chapel to look like. Molly Goodison, Year 12 said, “Chapel should be jazzy”, a comment that has inspired Reverend Wilson when planning our Monday and Friday Chapels.
The service was very much an occasion that brought the Woodford House family together to celebrate new beginnings. Different members from within the school community gifted symbols that would assist Reverend Wilson in her ministry here at Woodford House.
“As I receive these symbols of ministry, I look to you in this school, to share with me in ministry so together we worship, proclaim, teach, serve and care,” Reverend Wilson said.
We as a school made sure that she was welcomed with open arms. Chapels this term have definitely been “jazzy” and loved by all.
Tommy Lamb, Chapel Prefect