Chapel Community Opportunities
Updated On: 12/9/2012 6:10:00 PM
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The JBER chapel community is known for upbeat and dynamic worship, vibrant children's ministry, youth and young adult (Airmen and Soldiers) ministries, uplifting music, powerful preaching, strong religious education and a world-class staff. All people are welcome to share their talents and gifts with the chapel to the glory of God. Currently, between 250 and 300 volunteers are active in the chapel.
Chaplains provide confidential counseling to military members and their families, flight line and unit visitation and comprehensive pastoral care. Chaplain Corps ministry extends to deployed locations, and if your loved one is deployed, the JBER chapel team is dedicated to serving you in his/her absence.
Protestant and Catholic worship services - including daily Mass - as well as other denominational services, are available on both sides of the installation and are open to all. The chapel community includes more than 1,500 attending services each month.
The Religious Education programs offer a wide variety of activities including Wednesday Veritas (CCD classes for Catholics) and Protestant classes, for ages ranging from nursery school through high school. All are welcome at our Wednesday events (Veritas & Discovery), which begin with a meal and end with catechism/Bible studies (see "JBER-Richardson" section, below). Weekly Bible study groups and other adult religious education opportunities are also a vital part of the religious education program. The annual Vacation Bible School is often supported by both the Protestant and Catholic communities.
The Protestant and Catholic communities offer a wide variety of activities through the innovative leadership of chapel councils. These include adult and children's choirs, Military Council of Catholic Women (MCCW) and Protestant Women of the Chapel (PWOC), Christian men's organizations, and many special family and social events. MCCW and PWOC meet Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. (also 7 p.m. - PWOC) in the Soldiers' Chapel.
Chaplains and other staff members conduct religious retreats off-base for singles, engaged couples, families, youth and married couples. These range from one-day retreats to weekend activities for couples and families, and a week of camp for children and youth during the summer.
The Chaplain Family Life Center has family life chaplains with advanced degrees and certification in marriage and family counseling, providing specialized help to individuals, couples and families.
"Hospitality House" is a vibrant Young Adult ministry happening weekly in Eagle River valley. "Club Beyond" provides activities and fun for 6th graders through high school. Life Teen, a Catholic Youth program, is offered for teens from seventh grade through high school on the first and third Sunday of each month. For more information about on-base worship services or other chapel programs, call 552-4422 or 384-1461. Through these chapel and chaplain ministries and more, the JBER Chapel supports the Installation Commander, delivering spiritual resiliency to stay Arctic Tough, Mission Ready, Family Strong.
To make an appointment with an Army chaplain, call 907-384-1461. For an Air Force chaplain, call 907-552-4422. A chaplain is always on call at night and on weekends to meet emergency needs. You may reach the duty chaplain anytime between 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. by calling either the Command Post at 552-3000, or the U.S. Army Alaska Command Operations Center at 907-384-6666.
Worship services are conducted in Chapel One (7137 Fighter Dr.), Chapel Two (9431 Luke Ave.), and Chapel Center (10427 Kuter Ave.) Catholic Veritas-CCD classes are in the Chapel Center every Wednesday and begin with a meal around 6 p.m. followed by catechesis for adults and children. Call 907-552-4422 for worship times and locations.
Worship services are conducted in Soldiers' Chapel (Richardson Worship services are conducted in Soldiers' Chapel (Richardson Drive and Headquarters Loop). Please call Soldiers' Chapel at 384-1461 for worship times. The chapel Wednesday night of "Discovery" begins with a family style meal from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a variety of classes from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., all at Soldiers' Chapel. Soldiers, couples and their families may contact their unit chaplain, the family life chaplain or the chaplain from their respective faith group. When in doubt, call Soldiers' Chapel, 907-384-1461.