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What is Chaplaincy?

  • School chaplains have a specific vocation to work with the young within the extended community of the school: children, staff, parents and governors – and the community within which the school is set which de facto becomes a borderless parish.
  • Their work is missional and inclusive: it is a service offered to all by the Church in a context where personal faith commitment may be minimal or even non-existent.
  • School chaplains place the pastoral dimension of their vocation as its heart: it is a ministry involving a range of functions, but pastoral spiritual care for the person is what matters most.
  • In whatever form and style are appropriate to the context of the school and its pupils, liturgical leadership is treasured by school chaplains as an opportunity to create the conditions in which the presence of God may be experienced. 
  • Beyond and through all their ministerial functions, school chaplains exercise a ministry of presence, representing and embodying the Christian faith; yet also act as pastoral leaders for those of other faiths and for those of none. At CCGS there is at all time a presence of students from the Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and Sikh communities. There are also students from Jehovah Witnesses and in the past from the Plymouth Brethren and other faith groups.

Student Perceptions of Chaplaincy

  • Chaplaincy is about helping people on their spiritual journey – a ministry of accompaniment and that the role of the Chaplain as a public faith leader increases the school’s ethos.
  • A Chaplain makes faith present in the school as its public representative and as a role model of moral character and behaviour: he/she incarnates and exemplifies faith.
  • The Chaplains identity is also in his/her ‘-ness’ – who they are in essence and presence alongside their tasks.
  • A Chaplain acts as a ‘bridge’ between the teaching and disciplinary function of the school on the one hand and its function as a place of care and inter-relation; he/she is there as a person, humanly, available to all.

What and where is the Chaplaincy Room?

It is located next to SF7 (top floor) on the Chatham House site and be used by students at break, lunchtimes and after school for quiet reflection, prayer or just needing a ‘bit of peace’. This can be used by everyone and times will be set for particular acts of worship by different faith groups. Room A6 at Clarendon is often used on Friday lunch times for chaplaincy discussions.

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