“In the lotus-cross we find a great symbol that the Christian Faith had been planted on Chinese soil for more than thirteen hundred years ago. We who are worshipping in this Chapel have been blessed with a very rich inheritance.” These were the words of Canon-Theologian Lee Shiu Keung when our 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 who supported our Chapel’s renovation with their kind donations. The 1967 alumni 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.
Before the renovation
After the renovation
Photos by Hitomi Photography - Tomi Siu (5C Graduate of year 2000)