The Chapel and Worship
Hilton College is a non-denominational Christian College and Christian worship, values and principles are the foundation of College life. Pupils attend chapel service twice a week, including Sundays.
Confirmation preparation, Bible studies and Youth groups all enhance the spiritual life of the school. The school chaplain meets with academic classes once a week to discuss spiritual and life skills issues.
About 40% of the school pupils come from Anglican backgrounds; 15% from Roman Catholic; 13% from Methodist; the other denominations are less than 10% each. Pupils from non-Christian religions are able to attend the College and respect is shown to them and their faiths along guidelines laid down from time to time.
Chapel services are open to all visitors and parents. The details and times are published outside the chapel and in the term calendar.
The Roman Catholics constitute approximately 15% of Hilton College's schoolboy population. Provision is made for attendance at Mass every Sunday at the local parish. Pupils wishing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation are able to attend classes when they are arranged.
THE SCHOOL PRAYER
Almighty God, we give Thee humble and hearty thanks for our founders, William Orde Newnham and Gould Arthur Lucas, and for the great company of those who in the past years have served and built up our school.
We pray, O Lord, that Thou wilt make this school as a field which the Lord hath blessed; that whatsoever things are true, pure, noble, and of good report may here forever flourish and abound.
Preserve in it an unblemished name, enlarge it with a wider usefulness, and exalt it in the love and reverence of all its members as an instrument of Thy glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
THE SCHOOL HYMN
1. 'Lift up your hearts!' We lift them, Lord, to Thee;
here at Thy feet none other may we see:
Lift up your hearts!' E'en so with one accord,
we lift them up, we lift them to the Lord.
2. Above the level of the former years,
the mire of sin, the slough of guilty fears,
the mist of doubt, the blight of love's decay,
O Lord of light, lift all our hearts to day.
3. Above the swamps of subterfuge and shame,
the deeds, the thoughts, that honour may not name,
the halting tongue that dares not tell the whole,
O Lord of truth, lift every Christian soul.
4. Lift every gift that thou thyself hast given;
low lies the best till lifted up to Heaven;
low lie the bounding heart, the teeming brain,
till, sent from God, they mount to God again.
5. Then as the trumpet call in after years,
'Lift up your hearts!' rings pealing in our ears,
still shall those hearts respond with full accord,
'We lift them up, we lift them to the Lord.'
The Chapel Stained-Glass Windows
In loving memory of Henry Vaughn Ellis: 1877-1905
In proud and grateful memory of Brigadier General Sir Duncan McKenzie KCMG CB DSO VD 1859-1932
In ever loving memory of Frank Fleetwood Churchill: Died 1934
AMDG from Michaelhouse to Hilton 30th October 1951
In loving memory of Doris Essery
In memoriam Geoffrey Kelsey Griffin
AMDG et in piam memoriam Guliei mi Falcon MA
Quen Collegii praesidis viri saepe sui immemoris semper Hiltoniae memores
AMDG piamque in memoriam Terenti W Mansergh Collegi quondam praesidis et exiguis ex opibus operum egregiorum effectoris
Raymond Gordon Slater: Headmaster 1967-1980
It is in giving that we receive
In loving memory of Desmond Vyvyan Ducasse: Master and Headmaster 1958-1986
The earth is the Lord's