Chaplaincy at MLC School

MLC School is a school of the Uniting Church, and as such we celebrate our Methodist heritage alongside the breadth of tradition and culture of the Uniting Church in Australia. All students at MLC School regularly attend Chapel Services and are invited to participate in leadership of liturgy.

Junior School

Our Junior School students regularly visit the School Chapel for times of prayer, stillness, singing and learning from the Christian Scriptures. Year 3 to Year 5 attend weekly, while Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2 attend fortnightly. Once per year, families from Kindergarten to Year 5 meet in the Chapel in their House groups for a Family Service led by the Chaplains. Pre-Kindergarten families gather for a Rainbow Chapel Service on a Sunday in Term 4. Each Chapel Service is led by students in collaboration with the Chaplains.

Senior School

Students from Year 6 to Year 12 attend a Chapel Service weekly either in the School Chapel or a larger venue such as Daphne Line Hall or Potts Hall. Worship music is mostly drawn from the Together in Song hymn book and reflects the great diversity of traditional and modern music of the Uniting Church. We regularly incorporate contemporary and creative elements of worship into these services alongside the traditions and liturgies of the church. In addition to the weekly service with liturgy and reflection, there are opportunities for students to participate in acts of service and experiences of stillness and mindfulness during scheduled times throughout the week.

House Chapel Services

Every year students and their families meet in the Chapel on a Sunday for a House Chapel Service. These services are shaped by students to explore important themes and they follow the Uniting Church liturgical structure. These services are compulsory for students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12.

Holy Communion

Students from Year 3 to Year 12 participate in services of Holy Communion at the end of each term. While all students attend these services, in the spirit of the Uniting Church’s open table inclusive style students are invited to consult with their parents about whether they will receive this sacrament or instead use the time communion is distributed as an opportunity for contemplation. Holy Communion is also celebrated before school in the Chapel on a weekly basis for interested staff, students and families.


Fellowship Groups

Students are invited to participate in a weekly lunchtime fellowship group, aimed to explore and grow their faith. In the Junior School, students meet for games, prayer and a bible study in a group called Jesus And Me (JAM). In the Middle and Senior Years, the student-led lunchtime group Jesus In School Time (JIST) is an opportunity for fun and faith development. In addition to weekly meetings, JIST leads Chapel Services and has an annual fellowship camp.

Prayer Groups

The MLC School Council invites the school community to gather every term for prayer for the school.

Studies of Religion

Religion is a compulsory subject that is studied weekly by students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 10. Studies of Religion is an optional subject for HSC students. Religion at MLC School encompasses the following areas of study:

  • Christian Scriptures, Church history, tradition and liturgical practice
  • Ethics
  • World Religions
  • Philosophy of Religion

In the Junior School, the Godly Play program is used as a method for students to learn about Christianity and the bible. Godly Play is a Montessori method of telling bible stories, developed by Jerome Berryman, using parables, sacred stories and liturgical lessons about religious traditions using simple materials. The program encourages a spirit of wondering and contemplating.

In the Senior School, Religion is an academic subject that encourages a rigorous approach to learning.

A Whole School Approach

The teaching of Religion at MLC School comprises questioning and exploratory approaches to learning and has a focus on personal discovery which upholds a commitment to religious freedom in a spirit of mutual respect and understanding.

Chapel from Park Rd

MLC School Chapel

The MLC School Chapel is a lovely welcoming place for individual quiet reflection and is also a place where the girls can gather at times when they need special support.

The beautiful stained glass windows are the commissioned work of former student Alison Brown (1978). Our Chaplains are here to extend pastoral care and support to members of the MLC School community during times of celebration and to mark significant moments of loss and grief. A lovely welcoming place for quiet reflection.


The MLC School Chapel is available for weddings to be celebrated in the tradition of the Uniting Church of Australia, for members of the MLC School Community. The Chaplains are experienced at arranging creative and memorable ceremonies, with the beautiful stained glass windows highlighting the sanctity of these occasions.


MLC School Alumni regularly make contact with the school to arrange for the baptism of their children. Baptisms at MLC School take place during or immediately following a Sunday House service, attended by students and families of the school. The dates available for services of baptism are set for each year and are available from the Chaplains.


The Chaplains are available to provide support for members of our community dealing with the sudden decline in health or death of a relative or close friend. This support can range from gentle conversations, hospital or home visitations, bereavement counselling for students, leading the funeral and the use of the Chapel for memorial services.