While the current season prevents the LBC | Capital family from gathering in person in Good Shepherd Chapel, students, faculty and staff can remain in spiritual community through weekly virtual chapel services this fall.
The online chapel format for fall 2020 is based on current guidance that prioritizes the health and safety of the entire LBC | Capital community. Recognizing that students are being formed and transformed in this season, the college’s hope is to walk alongside them in as many creative ways as possible. While chapel has been traditionally focused on residential undergraduates, the virtual format offers the added benefit drawing in all students from all locations and programs.
With that in mind, chapel for the fall 2020 semester will have three main components:
1. Weekly Chapel Video
Each Tuesday, LBC | Capital will release a new weekly chapel video streamed at lbc.edu/chapel and will be streamed on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:10 a.m. Videos will also be archived so students, faculty, staff, parents and the community can watch at any time. Resident students are encouraged to stream the videos with their roommates or dorm sections.
2. Reflection & Discussion Questions
Each week’s chapel will include reflection and discussion questions, which will be posted on the Student Portal. Students are encouraged to work through these questions on their own, with a small group or with their dorm sections.
3. Campus Community Prayer
Every Thursday, a community prayer space will be open from 9:10 to 10 a.m. in the Student Center multipurpose room. Faculty and staff members will be on hand to connect, talk and pray with students. In this space, masks will be required, and social distancing will be enforced, so capacity will be limited.
Using the framework from Gary Thomas’ book “Sacred Pathways,” the college community will spend the semester talking about spiritual disciplines. Consideration of these pathways is not aimed to pigeonhole our personalities or create longer spiritual checklists but to expand our understanding of the ways we love God, love others and “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior” (2 Peter 3:18).