Footsteps in Faith: SB return becomes a Soldiers’ Chapel homecoming

| August 26, 2016 | 0 Comments
Parishioners file out of the sanctuary to the Soldiers Chapel celebrating the 100th anniversary in 2013.

Parishioners file out of the sanctuary to the Soldiers Chapel celebrating the 100th anniversary in 2013.

 

Spicer

Spicer

Chaplain (Maj.) Erik Spicer
Integrated Religious Support Team
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — In the world of Army chapels, there is not much that falls into historic except for the buildings.

The Soldiers’ Chapel, here, is a combination of two churches. The entrance of Soldiers’ Chapel began as part of a church commissioned by Queen Lili‘uokalani of Hawaii in 1913. Then in 1925 it was combined with a second chapel and moved to its current location by Quad D.

Soldiers’ Chapel, originally dedicated as an Anglican/Episcopal chapel, served as the home of the different variations of a liturgical service until 2010 when the facility received a facelift. The liturgical service moved to Wheeler Army Airfield Chapel in what was to be a temporary move.

After repairs and rededication of the chapel, the service, however, did not move back.

As the building sat empty, a group of chaplains seized the opportunity to begin a contemporary service, filling a void in the chapel life of Schofield Barracks. The Soldiers Chapel Contemporary Service became a great success and grew to the point of filling the building, a wonderful problem to have!

Over the years, a movement grew to return the liturgical service back to its historic home at Soldiers’ Chapel, and the service at Soldiers Chapel Contemporary Service ran out of space to grow. The leadership of both services came together to discuss the possibility of trading facilities in order to meet the needs and desires of both congregations.

As of Aug. 7, the Liturgical Service, rebranded the 0927 Sacramental Service (liturgical) meets at Soldiers’ Chapel, the corner of Heard and Foote Streets, with a service time of 9:27 a.m.

On Sept. 4, the 0927 Sacramental Service will host its grand opening service with brunch following.

In the end, this is not a chapel switch as much as it is a homecoming for the 0927 Sacramental Service.

The old saying is, you can’t go home again.

The 0927 Sacramental Service is not going home again, it is simply returning to the place where it belongs.

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