Chaplaincy in the News - January 2022

20th January 2022

Chaplaincy has been a hot topic in the news recently, keep up-to-date with the following pieces.BBC Radio 4 - 17/01/2022 'Chaplains are appointed to work in all kinds of places outside the normal life of the Church, from hospitals to care homes, to schools, we hear from some of them on how they've dealt with ...

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News from Holy Land Gifts - Leavers Crosses

19th January 2022

News from Bethlehem Fair Trade Artisans, Bethlehem, Palestine   This is an amazing project run by the Executive Director Suzan Sahori. Based in Bethlehem it aims to support local specialist artisans in producing and retailing high quality olive wood, mother of pearl, glass, cer...

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Reflections from the Chair - January 2022

17th January 2022

If you prefer you can watch this reflection on YouTube Chaplaincy for every school and college in the UK…?  Why? Well, if it’s the right thing for hospitals, prisons and universities, then why not schools and colleges?  If they recognise that the spiritual aspect of our being is importan...

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The Life and Surprising Global Legacy of Anne Frank

12th January 2022

2022 marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of Anne Frank’s diary. Gillian Walnes Perry MBE co-founded the Anne Frank Trust UK, the British partner organisation of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Since 2016, she has been speaking and lecturing in schools and FE colleges about The Life and Surpr...

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Reflections from the Chair - December 2021

6th December 2021

  Defining chaplaincy. When I was in year 4 the chaplain helped me a lot.  When I was angry, she helped.  She had a big bear in her room; afterward, I felt happy.  The chaplain does interesting things about Jesus.  I’m a Muslim, I’m still interested. A Syrian Refugee at a ...

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Christmas OutoftheBox

30th November 2021

Share the story using objects Now we have time and space to breathe. This is a Christian story about Christmas. Let’s be curious. Everything was created by love. Everything came from the stars. God is love and created everything. God is closer to us than our breath. Mary and Joseph lived in a land ruled...

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Introducing Jumping Fish

24th November 2021

Welcome to Jumping Fish! It was a privilege to be invited to share news of our more recent publications, which specifically focus on Advent and Christmas. Jumping Fish publications are produced primarily to support those working with children in both the school and church setting, yet they are also used with...

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Advent resources, storybooks, Makaton signs, instant nativity, spoken word and much more from Bible Society this Christmas.

22nd November 2021

The Bible Society has a wide range of resources on their website for Christmas. Starting with Advent, the Family Advent Box  provides all the ingredients for a meaningful, memory making, and relationship-building family Christmas that will be fun for all. We were so encouraged when St. Paul’s Finchle...

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Advent Around the World

15th November 2021

  The Diocese of Bath and Wells Go Team have been working with Send a Cow and Movement on an Advent resource for young people that not only journeys through the account of the birth of Jesus found in Luke’s gospel, but gives a global perspective too. The collaboration has produc...

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Reflections from the Chair - November 2021

15th November 2021

This month Rev Mike Haslam reflects on the climate emergency and the role of chaplains within this. It doesn’t take most folk very long to realise that I love the wildness of creation, running up mountains, swimming down rivers, even occasionally just stopping and listening, listening so that you can hea...

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Inter Faith Week - How Chaplains can get involved

14th November 2021

This year, Inter Faith Week will take place in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland from Sunday 14 to Sunday 21 November. The Week aims to strengthen inter faith relations and increase awareness and understanding – see for more information. The Week is an opportuni...

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Methodist Chaplaincy Forum: Looking for Chaplains to join

8th November 2021

Are you interested in the development of chaplaincy in the Methodist Church and beyond? Do you want to make a difference as part of God’s mission in the Church for the sake of the world? Then we have the role for you.   The Ministries: Vocations and Worship team is part of the Methodist Church and ...

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LecDeck Year C is launched

2nd November 2021

  After the successful launch in October 2019, the LecDeck youth ministry resource is kicking-off the 2021/22 lectionary year with the launch of Year C and the updated LecDeck App for Android and Apple iOS. The LecDeck was launched as a Lectionary inspired deck of 52 discipleship cards designed to engage...

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Ring out for Climate!

30th October 2021

We mostly associate church bells with the call to worship, weddings and very special national celebrations such as the millennium or the ending of the 2nd World War. But they also have another historic function: to ring out warnings.   Normally those warnings have been local: to warn of fire, floods or s...

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Reflections from the Chair - October 2021

26th October 2021

  Many of us know Rev Mike Haslam as the Chair of Trustees here at CCE. But did you know that Rev Mike is also is Chaplaincy Development Adviser at the Diocese of Bath and Wells? Based in Wells, Mike spends many hours working across Somerset supporting and developing a network of over 240 chaplains across...

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News from the North East

4th October 2021

Last week saw my first really extended stay away from home since Covid struck. The North East of England is a very well-kept secret in so many ways: beauty in coast and countryside, friendliness and support as well as fabulous emergency care and coffee shops! It was certainly a week I hadn’t fully intend...

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Reflections from the Chair - September

29th September 2021

This month Rev Mike Haslam considers 'Speeding Through' in relation to Proverbs 16.9   You can watch this Reflection here: have colleagues who revel in strategic action plans, colour-coded, bursting with detail and regularly reviewed and updated. I also have colleague...

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Reflections from the Chair - August

18th August 2021

During this month's reflection, Rev Mike Haslam reflects on the preparations we can make as the summer draws to an end and the new term is insight.   You can watch this reflection here:   Preparation   To anyone who correctly predicted all of the events...

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Introduction to Shame in Ministry - Revd Dr Sally Nash

29th July 2021

SHAME IN MINISTRY I can still feel the shame over forty years later.  As a chubby nine year old doing maths, working out the average weight of the class by using a public weigh-in was bad news!  I feigned illness and lied, probably giving a weight that defied belief!  This is the event that t...

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Reflections from the Chair - July

28th July 2021

From a mountainside in Wales, Mike reflects on the words from St Paul to the Corinthians, ‘These three will last forever, faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love.', which he comes across inscribed on a commemorative bench.   AJM lived from 1965-2008 and in-memory someone put up a b...

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Survey into adaptations churches have made to work with young people during the pandemic

28th June 2021

  Dr Sarah Holmes (Liverpool Hope University) is researching the adaptations churches made to work with children and young people during the pandemic.   Could you respond on behalf of your church or organisation? The survey is only open for three weeks.   Do you want to have input into st...

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Reflections from the Chair - June

22nd June 2021

You can watch this reflection here:   Following the National Conference for School and College Chaplains - People of Hope in Times of Change - Mike reflects on the meetings he has had with Chaplains since the conference and how he is hopeful that CCE's vision to see a ...

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Reflections from the Chair - May

18th May 2021

You can also watch this piece:     In our countdown to the conference - Rev Mike Haslam reflects on Hope in May's Reflections from the Chair.   When shops were briefly open and I was doing Christmas shopping in ASDA I met a former student by the cheese aisle, w...

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Reflections from the Chair - April

8th April 2021

  Watch this reflection:   The Revd Mike Haslam shares his reflections of the month.   This month Mike asks: In the upper room with the disciples, in your school or college, here and now, what is your prayer this Easter tide? Where is Jesus sending you? How, w...

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How the Millfield Prep Chaplaincy Wellbeing Dog Helps Our Pupils

8th April 2021

  Rev’d Michele Kitto – Millfield Prep School Chaplain I joined Millfield Prep School in September 2014 as a lay chaplain who was exploring ordination. Whilst it was a sideways move from being a Deputy Head Pastoral, for me it had all the elements of pastoral care and spiritual provision I ha...

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Reflections from the Chair - March

15th March 2021

Watch this reflection here:   The Revd Mike Haslam shares his reflections of the month. This month Mike explores Mothering Sunday and the intricacy of families and family life, asking that we can thank God for all families, whatever their complexity of the challenges they ...

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Journey for peace - an interview with John Patterson

26th February 2021

You can watch the interview here:   Maggie interviews Dr. John Patterson Principal at St Vincent's School for Sensory Impairment to find out more about the Journey for Peace Project. Journey for Peace is a curriculum set around a series of comics based on an essay written by a...

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Reflections from the Chair - February

15th February 2021

Watch this reflection here:   In the beginning, before time, before people, before the world began, God was. Here and now, among us, beside us, enriching the people of earth for the purposes of heaven, God is. In the future, when all that we know has found fulfilment, G...

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Chaplaincy and School Ethos - Research Summary from Josh Hunt

15th February 2021

“What is that?” asked a student, as they pointed to the huge ‘vision statement’ emblazoned upon the wall of their school’s reception area.   “I think that’s your school’s ethos and vision statement”, I replied. The student looked a little bewildered a...

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Reflections from the Chair - January

19th January 2021

Watch this reflection here:   How are you doing?  ‘OK-ish’.  I sense that is where most of us are, at best, nearer to the surviving than the thriving end of the spectrum.    We continue to live in extraordinary times and I continue to be in ...

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Reflections from the Chair - December

7th December 2020

Watch this reflection here:     O come, O come, thou living word, And pierce our hearts with healing sword, From God’s own mouth proceeding far To Lance the fest’ring wounds of war. Rejoice! Rejoice!  To mend our strife shall come in flesh the G...

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Reflections from the Chair - November

10th November 2020

It feels fragile and tenuous at the moment, and yet I believe that for all that this is new and scary, we do none the less live in precedented times.  There have been pandemics and plagues, wars and disasters; and it was fragile and scary, to put it mildly, on the cross.    As I run through th...

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Reflections from the Chair

26th October 2020

Reflections from the chair...   I do occasionally leave the world of Chaplaincy, and on one such pastoral visit to a rural group of parishes I asked the Vicar what they had heard from God through lockdown.  He offered three thoughts...   How important the community was, both the wider vi...

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Missional Youth Church Network (MYCN)

21st October 2020  

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A visit to the Blue School’s ‘Soul Cafe’

14th February 2019

On Friday, 8th February, Go Team Advisor, Cheryl Govier visited Sarah Curl, the Chaplain at The Blue School, Wells. Cheryl joined Sarah at her recently established Soul Café. Soul Café is a space provided once a month, during lunchtimes, for students to come and drink hot chocolate, eat toast...

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Chaplaincy at Tesco: the obvious place to be

6th February 2019

Revd Nick Buck, Vicar of St Giles Church Lincoln and Chaplain at Tesco store on Wragby Road, Lincoln, talks to Hannah Fletcher of BBC Radio Lincolnshire about his Chaplaincy ministry. You can listen to the programme on the BBC Sounds app, the interview is approximately 35 minutes into the programme. “T...

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