Worship and Community Life

Our imaginative, purposeful worship services enrich your mind and spirit, while our connective campus hosts informal gatherings of faculty and students and their families. Students enjoy a welcoming community that fosters spiritual growth, social justice, and a vibrant interfaith experience.

The chaplain’s office designs and hosts a variety of worship experiences including regular chapel services and special events. The planning is led by a collaborative team including the chaplain, the student chaplain’s assistants, and seminary musicians. Students, faculty, staff, and invited guests participate in worship leadership and preaching.

GST Chapel Services Fall 2021

As we look forward to another year of learning and living in community together, we are excited to enter into sacred space with you.  We want to invite everyone to join us for innovative chapel services that we hope will meet the diversity represented in our community.    

Chapel services in the Fall semester will be held in Montgomery Chapel, where we are working to set up technology that will allow us to synchronously provide in-person and virtual (zoom) participation. When you attend via Zoom, we ask that your microphone remain muted for the duration of the service, or until you are invited to unmute. Chapel will begin at 12:05 and conclude by 12:35 PST.  The Zoom link for chapel is:  https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84101723605?pwd=V2NpRlA2R0RzdUg2ODlyNjNvNTAzUT09

 In general, we will gather for chapel on Monday, Thursday, and Friday of each week.

  • Mondays, we will offer a more traditional Reformed liturgical service, including communion.
  • Thursday chapel will be led by Clinical Pastoral Education students, and will include a variety of practices and perspectives.
  • Fridays, we will offer a contemplative time of prayer, meditation, community sharing, and creative communion.

Vaccinated, Masked, COVID Symptom-Free, and Social Distance

  • If you plan to attend in person, we ask that you enter the building only if you are vaccinated, wearing a mask, and are symptom-free.
  • Masks will be worn for the duration of the service, with the exception of readers and speakers.
  • When we share communion, it will be offered in individually-packaged, gluten-free wafer and juice kits.

Chaplain's Office

SFTS is a community gathered to serve God’s people in the church and the world. Sharing a common life as a community is critically important to the Seminary experience. The Chaplain’s Office strives to nurture this experience of living in koinonia: a New Testament Greek word for the fellowship, communion, and gathering of sisters and brothers in Christ. The two major functions of the Chaplain’s Office are to coordinate the worship life of the Seminary community and to provide pastoral care for its members. In addition to planning four weekly chapel services and special worship services as needed, the Chaplain’s Office also offers pastoral care, counseling, and support to members of the community in times of need. This ministry also includes referrals for assistance in times of hardship and the coordination of community support through prayer and loving service to those experiencing special needs.