By Griffin Warlow ’23
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Woodberry students will be finishing their spring trimesters at home. The transition to online learning has created several hurdles for teachers and students alike. Of course, the lack of face-to-face interaction means that community events and rituals would either not continue or be forced to go online. Chaplain Rev. Tyler Montgomery and several Woodberry students have led one of the more successful shifts from in-person to online programming with daily prayers and weekly chapel services.
Monday night (and formerly Sunday night) chapel has been a Woodberry tradition for years and its potential absence this spring was simply not an option for Rev. Montgomery. Even without the students in St. Andrew’s Chapel in person, chapel services have continued on computer screens around the globe.
“However you worship you should do it exactly the same, whether there’s one or one million people there. It’s not about the people, it’s about God.”
Virtual chapel has been wildly successful so far and a very consistent way for students to get the feel of the Woodberry community from their own homes this Spring.
Students have also stayed connected through new daily prayers, which are done primarily by students. Rev. Montgomery sends one out to the news folder every morning. Students can send in video of themselves reading a daily prayer to be featured in an upcoming installment.
Despite all the hardship and panic in the world today, students at Woodberry can still find a constant with the daily prayers and chapel services. The faculty and students involved have done a great job with it so far and will continue to do so for the remainder of the year. All prayers can be found in the News Folder and chapel services are available on the WoodberryTV YouTube channel.