“From this Nestorian Cross, we can see the founding of Christianity on Chinese soil over 1300 years ago. All believers who worship in this small chapel today will share this heritage and its bountiful blessings.” These were the words of Canon-Theologian Lee Shiu Keung when Bishop Hall Jubilee School celebrated the opening of the Alopen Chapel in 1963. Throughout the years, many Jubileans have been blessed with unforgettable memories through numerous sermons on the Lord’s word, fellowship meetings, group prayers and positive encouragement from one another. In many Jubileans’ hearts, the Alopen Chapel is a special and meaningful landmark as it was where they were baptized and made a lifetime commitment to follow Jesus and live a new life.
With the passing of time, signs of wear and tear had become increasingly evident in the Alopen Chapel. A full renovation was completed in June 2018 after years of dedicated planning and discussion. We were very fortunate to receive valuable support and feedback from pastors in SKH, IMC members, teachers, alumni and students. Our heartfelt gratitude goes to the 1967 alumni members who supported our Chapel’s renovation with their kind donations. The 1967 alumni members gave special thanks to our former school chaplain, the Reverend Joyce Mary Bennett, O.B.E., J.P., for her whole-hearted and dedicated service to our school.
The renovation process of the chapel offers a valuable insight into the history of the Alopen Chapel and its distinct Chinese heritage. The newly renovated Chapel boasts a bright, clean and simple appearance while preserving its unique heritage, including the crucifix, altar, wooden pews and iron windows. The convergence of old and new makes the Alopen Chapel immediately recognisable to all Jubileans.
The Alopen Chapel is a quiet sanctuary and a source of comfort and succour for both students and teachers to pray and provide support for each other. We sincerely hope that the Alopen Chapel becomes the path to the Lord’s truth for our students and to be a sanctuary of blessings and peace, as well as a nursery of sweet memories for all Jubileans.