Am I required to attend chapel?
Yes. Chapel at Messiah College is a central expression of our identity as a community of Christians with a deep commitment to spiritual growth and academic excellence. Chapel is a required opportunity for exposure to forms of worship, various speakers and ideas which are put together with the intention of affirming our common commitments while they both reflect and challenge individual preferences in style. Though chapel is required as a common experience, spiritual nurture is each student's own responsibility.
Why does Messiah College have a chapel requirement?
Please see our Chapel page for more information on our chapel requirement.
How many chapels must I attend?
Students are required to attend 14 chapels each semester.
Am I eligible for chapel exemption?
If one or more of the following conditions apply, a student may request chapel exemption for a semester:
- The student is engaged in a semester-long internship or student teaching that conflicts with chapel attendance.
- The student is employed off campus for more than 25 hours per week.
- The student has parenting obligations that prohibit chapel attendance.
In addition, if a student is ill for two weeks or more, or is absent from the College for two weeks or more, the student should submit an explanation in writing (with a doctor's excuse or notice from the Engle Center). In these cases the chapel requirement may be adjusted, and a student does not need to file for chapel exemption.
How do I apply for chapel exemption?
The request for exemption must be completed within the first four weeks of each semester with this form. Offices that coordinate student internships, nursing clinicals, and teacher education may submit a list of students for a semester-long exemption. If this list is received by the MCM office during the first month of the semester, the student will not be required to submit an exemption form. Exemption is automatically granted to students that are studying with off-campus programs for the semester. No chapel exemption is necessary or available for missing a particular chapel opportunity (e.g. sickness, field trip, on or off-campus obligation).
I am a commuter student. Am I required to attend chapel?
Yes, the chapel requirement applies to all full-time students.
Where can I find a current chapel schedule?
Click here to view our current chapel schedule.
What happens if I don't meet the chapel requirement?
If a student has not completed the chapel requirements, the student will receive notification that he/she has been placed on chapel probation for the following semester with the following consequences:
- For each attendance short of the required 14, a fine of $15.
- An active chapel probation status is likely to negatively impact one's eligibility for service in a student leadership position.
- If a student is placed on chapel probation for consecutive semesters, he/she will be required to meet with a representative of the College Ministries office.
- Any student that has been on chapel probation for any three semesters may be subject to suspension from the College.
How do I make corrections to my chapel attendance record?
Chapel attendance records cannot be corrected by students. Technical difficulties caused by card readers and chapel attendance software will be reconciled within the College Ministries office.
How do I go about hosting an event for chapel credit?
MCM would like to host chapels in collaboration with other groups on campus. For an event to be considered for chapel credit, it must be held during normal chapel times, namely Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings. As long as the speaker and topic fit our mission and desired outcomes, we're happy to partner with you! Please submit this form to the College Ministries office to request consideration for your event.