Spiritual Life

Inscribed above our chapel doors, the words “Toward the Full Stature of Manhood” reflect our founder’s vision for VES.

Bishop Robert Carter Jett gleaned this phrase from Ephesians because he clearly believed that reaching one’s full potential included a spiritual element. True to our founding as an Episcopal school, all students and faculty gather as one community in our chapel on a daily basis. Most days we share a short reading, a prayer, and a brief thought from a student or faculty member. On Wednesdays, we have a traditional Morning Prayer or Holy Eucharist service. Our time together in the chapel allows us the opportunity to encourage one another, ask hard questions, hear each other’s answers, and share life together.

At VES, we value and respect that the members of our community come from a variety of religious beliefs. Transportation is available to local religious organizations or students are welcomed to join faculty families at their places of worship. Students are welcomed to form or participate in faith-based groups to celebrate the diversity of their religious experiences.

The VES School Prayer
God our constant friend
Make us humble and wise.
Walk beside us on our journey toward full stature.
Strengthen our bodies for work and play
Ready our minds for learning
Purify our hearts for loving,
Gentle our spirits for giving,
Inspire us to illuminate our VES community and this world with creativity and grace.

Written by the Chapel Committee


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Adam White, Chaplain

Phone: 434.385.3693

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