Temporary Chapel Information - Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

COVID-19 Adjustments to Chapel Policy

Due to COVID-19, the Office of Christian Formation has implemented several temporary chapel programming and procedure changes for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters. This includes 1) a reduced requirement, 2) meeting in small Chapel Groups rather than large-group chapel, and 3) an application process for chapel accommodation for students who are unable to attend in person.

  • Chapel Groups will meet weekly in multiple locations around campus, either on Tuesdays or Thursdays, at the usual chapel time, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. The content of both days will be the same, so students will attend only once each week.

  • All full-time students (12 hours or more) and residential (on-campus) students will be required to attend 10 of the weekly chapels offered during the spring semester (plus any they were short during the fall semester). Part-time students, taking 11 or fewer hours, are not required to attend chapel unless they have an unmet requirement from the prior semester. (If a part-time student would like to attend chapel, please email the Office of Christian Formation and we’ll communicate with information about registering after adequate spaces are assured for full-time students.)

  •  Students will register to be part of the same Chapel Group for the entire semester
    • Spring 2021 Chapel Group registration will be made available here at 8 a.m. (CST) on Tuesday, January 26.
      • Spaces in each group are limited to follow physical distancing protocol and are on a first-come basis. 
      • Once registered, changes cannot be made to the student's group selection. 
    • Watch for announcements in JBU email about this process.

  • Chapel Group meetings will include viewing chapel content together (worship and a message from external or community speaker) followed by a time of discussion and prayer led by a JBU faculty/staff Chapel Host.

  • Attendance will be taken by the Chapel Host in each Chapel Group session. (Chapel Groups registered in the Cathedral Sanctuary and Berry Performing Arts Center: see here.) It is expected that students arrive on time and stay until dismissed by the Chapel Host.

  • A few extra opportunities for "regular" chapel credit will be made available in the spring semester to supplement Chapel Groups. These will not take the place of students' participation in Chapel Groups. More information for those opportunities will be forthcoming.

  • Chapel credits will be posted in the online chapel record on EagleNet. If it is not correct as of the processing date shown, the student should contact the Office of Christian Formation as soon as possible by selecting the "Questions about Chapel Credit" link on their chapel attendance page on EagleNet. (For students using the new EagleNet format, there is a Tool with a link to Chapel Attendance in the Reference category. Please select View All and add it to your menu or make it a favorite.)

If for some reason a full-time and/or residential student who is required to go to chapel will not be able to attend a Chapel Group on Tuesday or Thursday in person, they need to complete a Request for Special Chapel Accommodation and their circumstances will be considered. Please note that this is for exceptional circumstances.

If a student is required to isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19, they will be given information at that time about completing their chapel requirement online if they are able to.

  • Per policy, graduating seniors must meet their chapel requirement by the date of the last Chapel Group, May 6.
  • For returning students, unmet requirements will be added to their chapel requirement the following semester.

If there are further changes to the chapel procedure during the semester, updated information will be posted on this page. 

More about Spring 2021 chapel

This is a temporary change to chapel procedure for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. For information on JBU's standard chapel policy, please see the JBU Student Handbook.

Please contact the Office of Christian Formation if you have questions.