Resources for leading chapel services

The resources below offer some ideas for chapel services. You will find more resources on the Seasons of the Church Year and Special Services  pages.

An end of year blessing: This blessing was written by Rev Malcolm Gordon in December 2018 for Presbyterian Ministry Interns graduating from the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, Dunedin. The Interns recorded the blessing and the filming was done in the stairwell at KCML!

Mā te huruhuru, ka rere te manu: Adorn the bird with feathers, so it may fly.


Please contact the Resource Office if you have a service which you would be happy to share on this web-site.

james bond
James Bond – Man of Faith.

A reflection on how the driving forces in our lives shape us.You could also refer to Malcolm Gordon’s paper to the 2014 Church Schools’ conference ‘Singing the Story – Faith Formation and Music’  to help you in your preparation.

Download: Chapel_Idea_James_Bond_Man_of_faith


A reflection on the value of excellence, not just as an individual pursuit, but as community action, with reference to Dietrich Bonhoeffer.Includes a call to worship and a closing prayer.

Download  Excellence

retro band
Same same, but different.

A reflection on the changes in our culture and the constancy of God’s presence with us.

Download: Same_same_but_different

black hole
The black hole

A reflection on integrity


A healthy diet for the mind

Making good choices about what we see and hear. Accompanying movie clip about the game show host referenced in the document. By Rev Caleb Hardie.

Download: A healthy diet for the mind (1)

Frano Selak
Asking the right questions

Based on Luke 16:1-3 this reflection explores the idea of lucky and unlucky and discovering God’s presence with us. 

Download: Asking the right questions

Kid President
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young.

 Using 1 Timothy 4:11-13 a reflection on the value of children. References two clips from Adora Svitak and Kid President.

Download: Dont let anyone look down on you because you are young

 Mzee and Owen
Mzee and Owen, the story of an unlikely friendship.

Mzee the very old tortoise and Owen, a hippo who became separated from his family in the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, provide a great illustration of how we can find reminders of hope and life in the strangest of places and the most challenging of times. The attachment includes a link to a Vimeo movie of Mzee and Owen’s story. Could be linked to e.g Psalm 27

Attachments: Mzee and Owen

Powerpoint with photos of Mzee and Owen

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 What is a blessing?- a puppet show

A puppet show to explain what a blessing is. Could be linked to the beatitudes. For primary aged children.

 Attachments: What is a blessing?