Religious Life

The school seeks to bear witness to the person and teaching of Jesus Christ and positively present Christian faith and values. It also seeks to maintain an atmosphere that preserves the right of all students to make their own decisions about faith and commitment free of pressure or fear of disadvantage. Therefore thought, reflection, discovery and choice, are actively promoted.

Essential to Woodstock’s international character is the need to recognize cultural diversity, to be sensitive to it, and, indeed, to rejoice in it. Particular care is needed to focus on the positive elements of all religious traditions and when indicating Christian distinctives, to do so with sensitivity to individual students and their families.

Aims of the Religious Life Program

In order to bear witness to the person and teaching of Jesus Christ and positively present Christian faith and values to students and staff our aims include:

  • Introduction to Christian belief, values and practice for all students
  • Growth in faith and practice for Christian students
  • Opportunities for learning and practice for students of other religious persuasions as appropriate and particularly on festival days
  • Opportunities for staff and students to understand other religions
  • Opportunities for staff to share and grow in their faith

Compulsory Programmes

  • Religious Education classes at all grade levels (teaching both Christianity and other world faiths)
  • 8:30 Assembly, one to three times a week depending on age, which includes short devotions based on age-appropriate Christian themes
  • Sunday School for all Edgehill boarding students
  • Yearly retreats for Grades 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
  • Residence evening devotions for Grades K-6
  • Monthly Chapels for Grades 6-12

Voluntary Programmes

  • Attendance at worship and youth group programs in various Mussoorie churches on Sundays
  • Friendship Club for Junior School students (KG - Grade 6) - an after-school time of music, Bible stories and related games and crafts
  • Quest for Senior School students (Grades 7-8) - an after-school time of Biblical learning in creative ways that appeal to this age group
  • Friday Morning Bible Study for Grades 9-12 - an early-morning study group for breakfast and Bible study discussions
  • Yearly retreats for Senior School students - intensive weekends of fun, fellowship, music and prayer based on Christian topics relevant to teenagers
  • Non-Christian students are encouraged to follow the dictates of their faith. Mussoorie has Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Muslim places of worship

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