Chapel & Religious Studies


Chapel is held on Thursdays at 8:35 am for Grades 2 - 6, who meet in the Chapel of the Presidents at NPC. On Wednesdays at 8:35 am, Nursery - Grade 1 students meet in Jones Hall.

All members of the National Presbyterian School community participate in weekly Chapel, a time to nurture the community’s spiritual life through Scripture lessons, sacred music and prayer. Chapels reinforce the School’s Core Values and belief in a Judeo-Christian system of values, including love for God, for others, and respect for other faith traditions. Lower Division students attend Chapel service in Jones Hall, while Upper Division students attend Chapel in the National Presbyterian Church’s Chapel of the Presidents. The oldest students in each service—First Graders and Sixth Graders— serve in leadership roles as greeters, readers and acolytes. In addition, the chaplain, faculty, and NPC pastors deliver homilies. All students contribute to the Prayers of the People.

The entire school community gathers for special services for Opening Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Graduation in the Main Sanctuary of the National Presbyterian Church. The Religious Studies curriculum encourages each student’s spiritual growth while providing a foundation of Biblical and religious literacy. Built on a Christian foundation, Religious Studies classes provide a welcoming and safe environment for students of all religious backgrounds to learn and grow. Through intentional incorporation of the Core Values and themes from Chapel, classes foster a loving environment for children to listen to each other’s beliefs, practices and questions. Attention is paid to connecting the students’ experiences at school, in Chapel and class, to their decision making and sense of themselves.

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Rev. Todd Sutton

Rev. Todd Sutton, Chaplain

MDiv, Columbia Theological Seminary
BA, University of Michigan
tsutton@nps-dc.org