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Chapel

Weekly chapel services are the time set aside for our campus community to gather together as one body to worship. Chapel services offer students spiritual growth experiences through a wide variety of special guest speakers, music styles, and other unique worship opportunities. Regular chapel services are at 10:00 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays each semester. During Fall 2021, students will be assigned to attend chapel on either Monday or Wednesday. The chapel assignment should be listed on the student’s schedule. If there are any questions regarding this, please contact Laura Hedden, .

To watch the live stream, visit the SWU YouTube channel, and be sure to subscribe for notifications! To watch recorded chapel services, visit the chapel playlist (or SWU Chapel Archives for services prior to April 2020).

Fall 2021 Chapel Schedule(PDF)


Chapel FAQ

Where will chapel services take place?

Monday and Wednesday services take place in Newton Hobson Chapel Auditorium. These services will also be live streamed to the main SWU YouTube account. During the Fall 2021 semester, Friday communion services will also be offered in Dupin Amphitheater.

How are chapel attendees maintaining social distancing?

Students have been assigned to attend on either Mondays or Wednesdays. Chairs have been distanced, and students are being grouped by housing assignments. At the end of chapel, students are released in small groups to aid with distancing.

What extra precautions are being taken for health and safety?

All chairs are sprayed with the Pro-Tech santizing solution after each use. Additionally, the Newton Hobson HVAC has been equipped with Global Plasma Solutions air cleaning technology to eliminate airborne illnesses.

If I am a commuter, am I still required to attend chapel?

If you are a traditional student with 12 or more course hours, yes.

Are there other ways students can reach their 12 credits?

In addition to Monday/Wednesday services, come-and-go Friday communion services will also be offered in Dupin Amphitheater during the Fall 2021 semester. Students may also get up to four credits by attending chapel online, or by attending physically distanced small groups/discipleship groups. Group leaders have the ability to scan attendance on their phone. 

What about Spiritual Emphasis and other special events?

There will be a few evening service opportunities this semester.

How can I know how many chapels I’ve attended each semester?

You are responsible for keeping up with your chapel attendance.

Chapel attendance is tracked by a system called iAttended.  Each student can register for his or her own account. An app can be downloaded to the student’s phone, and then the student can use that app to scan in to each chapel event. The app will track how many chapels the student has attended, which chapels were attended, and give a list of all upcoming chapel events. In addition to using the app, the student can also access his or her chapel attendance data by logging  onto iAttendedapp.com

Here is a short video explaining how to download the app.

Please notify either Chaplain Ken Dill ( ) or Laura Hedden ( ) as soon as possible should you notice any discrepancy in your chapel report. It is good practice to check your chapel report weekly so if there is a discrepancy, we can discuss the chapel event and correct it early.

Who do I contact for more information?

Ken Dill, the University Chaplain, will be happy to assist you further. You can make an appointment to see him by visiting the Spiritual Life and Ministry Offices (located in the Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center) or calling 864-644-5431.