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Chapel

Love Embodied Chapel Theme

Chapel is where we intentionally pause from the busyness of life and seek to gather together in Christ's name.

Given the uniqueness of the Fall 2020 semester navigating through the complexities and challenges of a global pandemic, Chapel requirements have been reduced for this semester only.


As we continue in our pursuit to be a community committed to practices that shape us to be more like Christ, we invite you to lean into the breadth of spiritual formation practices here at PLNU. This semester the Office of Spiritual Development will be offering a variety of Chapel engagements on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, and on Thursday evenings (Time Out Chapel will be moved from Wednesday to Thursday for this semester) available through CANVAS. There will also be opportunities to engage in Alternative Chapel Engagements offered by various departments, clubs, and events across campus. Approved Alternative Chapel Engagements will be listed on CANVAS. All policies will be reviewed before the beginning of the Spring 2021 semester.

Live-streamed Services

  • Mondays: Monday chapels will offer resources for spiritual formation by engaging in practices led by campus pastors and student interns that help to develop, grow, and strengthen our faith through the work of God’s Spirit to be more like Christ. Monday's chapel begins weekly at 9:45 a.m. and can be viewed on CANVAS.
  • Wednesdays: Join us on CANVAS at 9:45 a.m. as we gather together as a campus community to worship together and hear from PLNU campus pastors and visiting speakers to understand more deeply what it means to love God and neighbor through this year’s Chapel theme, Love Embodied.
  • Thursdays: In addition to the Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning chapel offerings, PLNU offers students an evening chapel gathering called Time Out on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. on CANVAS. Time Out chapel highlights faith stories and student experiences.
  • Fridays: Friday morning chapels will be specifically geared toward first-year students offering short compelling messages and breakout groups with Discipleship Ministry student leaders.  Fresh Fridays begin weekly at 9:45 a.m. and can be accessed through CANVAS.

Alternative Chapel Opportunities

As we lean into the breadth of spiritual formation practices across our campus, we will offer a variety of ways to earn chapel credit by engaging in various online opportunities offered by departments, clubs, and events at PLNU. Students can earn up to 25% percent of chapel credit through approved alternative Chapel engagements, a maximum of 4. These opportunities will be available through CANVAS. All approved Alternative Chapel Opportunities will be listed on CANVAS and available on the dates scheduled.


Tune in to the new PLNU Chapel Spotify account to listen to the curated songs that we have been singing together in chapel and playlists by your favorite worship arts interns. 

PLNU remains a community that seeks to love and care for one another. If you would like to submit a prayer request for yourself or on behalf of another, we encourage you to click the button below.

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24-Hour Retreat

Celebration of light Christmas service.
Group of male students worshiping and praying in Brown Chapel
Midweek chapel services provide opportunities for worship and growth.
Scot McKnight speaks to the PLNU community during a chapel service.
Scot McKnight speaks to the PLNU community during a chapel service.
A tree is decorated in yarn for Kaleo, an event featuring a variety of artistic worship expressions.
The tree outside of Brown Chapel is colorfully decorated for Kaleo chapel. The week of Kaleo allows for an all student-led chapel.
Students catch up with one another before chapel begins.
Students catch up with one another before chapel begins.
Students worship during a candlelight service in Brown Chapel.
Students worship during a candlelight service in Brown Chapel.

Chapel at PLNU

 

Morning Chapels

Mondays & Wednesdays at 9:45 a.m. on CANVAS
Morning chapels are unique gatherings where we worship together, participate in spiritual practices as a community, and engage in the ministry of prayer. We come ready to be challenged to encounter God with all our beings — body, mind, heart, and soul — by the preaching of the word, testimony, and creative arts. All are welcome.

Time Out Chapel

Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. on CANVAS
In addition to the Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning chapel offerings, PLNU offers students an evening chapel gathering called Time Out. Time Out chapel will provide an opportunity to hear from students, staff, and faculty offering encouragement and sharing reflections about their faith journey.

Fresh Fridays Chapel

Fridays at 9:40 a.m. on CANVAS
Friday mornings will be geared toward first-year students providing opportunities for interaction, conversation, and engagement with Student Leaders.

Alternative Chapels

We will be offering a variety of ways to earn chapel credit by engaging in various online opportunities offered by departments, clubs, and events at PLNU. All approved Alternative Chapel Opportunities will be listed on CANVAS and available on the dates scheduled.

Why We Gather

PLNU gathers for worship at least four times per week. We often get questions like “why chapel?” or “why is attending chapel required?” We are a Christian university that truly desires to invest in the spiritual growth and maturation of each student. Therefore, we provide opportunities for growth in Christ through four main avenues of expression: prayer, corporate worship, service, and discipleship.

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Chapel Requirements and Attendance Policies

Chapel Attendance Policy

Gathering to worship is critical to who we are as the body of Christ universal and therefore, extremely important for the PLNU community. We value the holistic development of one another and therefore, Chapel is an intentional space for community to be nurtured together.

Given the uniqueness of the Fall 2020 semester navigating through the complexities and challenges of a global pandemic, Chapel requirements have been reduced for this semester only.

Procedure

Morning Chapel begins at 9:45 a.m. on Monday & Wednesday and will be livestreamed from Brown Chapel and available through our CANVAS Chapel platform.

  • To earn chapel credit, students must view the chapel content in its entirety and answer reflections questions associated with that chapel.
  • All live streams will be approximately 35 minutes, and the online submissions have four brief questions and should take no more than a few minutes to complete. 
  • Chapels will be recorded and available for later viewing and credit after 12 p.m. on the same day.
  • Students will be able to view, engage in reflection questions, and earn credit for chapels offered that week through Sunday at 11:59 p.m. PST.  This means chapel offerings can be accessed the whole week through the weekend and no longer accessed by the following Monday of the next week.
  • Approved Alternative Chapels will be listed and available on CANVAS and will require an online submission for credit.  This online submission will also take a few minutes to complete.
  • Time Out Chapel reflections, Fresh Friday chapels focused on new students, as well as a menu of options for spiritual formation and engagement will be made available for personal reflection and growth.
  • Log into your Canvas course, and there you will find the ‘Online Chapel’ course on your dashboard. Simply ‘click’ on the course to begin. On the ‘Home Page,’ you will find all the information regarding the Chapel theme ‘Love Embodied’, overall chapel expectations, and this semesters’ requirements.
  • Chapel attendance may be viewed through a student’s portal account located on the website (my.pointloma.edu). On the student account screen, select BIO Information from the menu, then select Chapel Attendance.  Students are responsible for checking their chapel attendance report on a regular basis.  If you have questions or concerns, you can communicate via email only at chapelattendance@pointloma.edu. This account information is managed by the Office of Student Development in partnership with the Office of Spiritual Development.

Attendance

Given the uniqueness of the Fall 2020 semester navigating through the complexities and challenges of a global pandemic, Chapel requirements have been reduced for this semester only. As we continue in our pursuit to be a community committed to practices that shape us to be more like Christ, we invite you to lean into the breadth of spiritual formation practices here at PLNU. This semester the Office of Spiritual Development will be offering a variety of Chapel engagements on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, and on Thursday evenings (Time Out Chapel will be moved from Wednesday to Thursday for this semester) available through CANVAS. There will also be opportunities to engage in Alternative Chapel Engagements offered by various departments, clubs, and events across campus. Approved Alternative Chapel Engagements will be listed on CANVAS. All policies will be reviewed before the beginning of the Spring 2021 semester. Please review the following Chapel requirements for the Fall 2020 semester:

All students have the following requirements:

  • 16 Chapel credits per semester

For students 25 years of age or older OR commuter students enrolled in less than 12 units, there is no required Chapel attendance. All students are welcomed and encouraged to come to all Chapels.

Failure to meet the minimum requirements will result in Chapel fines:

  • One to five excessive Chapel absences will result in a fine of $5 for each absence.
  • Six or more excessive Chapel absences will result in a fine of $20 for each absence in excess of five.

It is the student’s responsibility to keep track of their chapel attendance on the portal.

*Note: The available amount totals may vary slightly each semester, yet they do include our current morning, evening, and alternative chapel credit opportunities.

Accountability

All students are expected to attend chapel as a university requirement. Requirements are communicated through the student portal or via PLNU email. Requirements are always on a per-semester basis. Students are responsible for checking their chapel attendance report on a regular basis.

Chapel Behavior

For full credit, all online submissions must be fully completed and with language and behavior that is appropriate in engaging in the content and in accordance with PLNU’s Core Values and our Student Conduct guidelines found in the Undergraduate Student Handbook.