December 2019 Newsletter

16th December 2019

Dear All,

The past couple of months have probably passed quickly for all of us as we draw nearer to the end of term and the celebration of the birth of our Lord and King. I sincerely hope and pray that you are both encouraged by what has happened this term and, whilst I am sure you are ready for a break, full of anticipation for the new year and new decade.

What a half term it has been for CCE too!

Perhaps the most important thing to say is that we are continuing to grow and evolve our vision and strategy and I am excited to shout about our vision of seeing a chaplaincy in every school and college in the country within the next 10 years. I know you will want to be part of that as we seek to discover ways of working in ecumenical partnership to achieve this.

After many months of waiting we are delighted and grateful to say we have now received our charitable registration. I am grateful to Garry Neave, Helen Bardy and Margaret Holland for their support in helping us in the process and most of all want to thank Paul Hansford for all his hard work on this over the past year. Thanks also go to Mike James at the Charity Commission for his help in this long process.

So, what is there to report to you?

I have continued to meet up with amazing people all who have vision and passion for young people and the ministry of chaplaincy both at a national as well as regional/area level.

This included spending some time with a brilliant group of chaplains and youth workers in Colchester, supported by COY under Tim Abbott’s leadership who were a delight to spend time with and learn of the inspiring work being done not far from where I had my first teaching post!

Similarly, the London Diocesan group of Chaplains supported by the lovely Kathryn Kane are another group of people engaged in exciting work in our capital. It was a blessing to meet with them at Francis Holland School and listen to their challenges and joy.

National Summit on Chaplaincy in schools and colleges:

As I mentioned in my last email. CCE hosted the first National Summit for those engaged at a National level with Chaplaincy in schools and Colleges. We are deeply grateful to The Jesuit Centre in London for providing a truly fabulous venue and looking after us so well.

The purpose of the day was to draw together those who have a national vision for Chaplaincy and begin to establish ways in which we can collaborate and develop support for Chaplains as well as look to the future to become a stronger voice for you and those who will join you in this amazing ministry.

Over 35 leaders participated, from the RC Church, Methodists, Church of England, Elim, Free Churches Group, to Chaplaincy Central, CYM, Youth for Christ, Scripture Union, Festive Kick, School Pastors, Spinnaker, TISCA, Woodard Schools and Youthscape. With people coming from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to join us; my hope and prayer is that this is only the beginning of exciting partnership and collaboration so that together we can have a huge impact on the UK in times when the love and compassion of God are so needed.

Discussions around issues of and for chaplaincy, conversations and beginning to map opportunities for CPD and personal development across the group began. A clear outcome was the need to audit and map where Chaplaincy is already happening and we will be moving forward on this in the New Year.

I am also excited that so many of the group are willing to join us in planning the next National Conference for Chaplains in Schools and Colleges, which will be held in June 2021.

Watch this space!

Regional Hubs:

I mentioned in my last email of our vision to work with people already gathering together for support and CPD and in the New Year I will be continuing to meet with regional leaders and look at how we can support you even more effectively. I am always inspired when I meet people, like you, who have a passion for young people and school and college communities and would love to hear from you if you are already part of a regional group or have a vision for establishing one.

Newman University Research Project:

We are delighted with how this is developing and Margaret Holland and Helen Bardy are meeting with many chaplains, school leaders, students and others involved in chaplaincy.

If you have not already done so PLEASE follow this link: - https://rdap1psi.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/ccenewman-school-chaplains and complete the questionnaire! Your voice really DOES count. The more we have the better our evidence base will be for planning effective and accessible training. By Easter we will be looking at the data and identifying ways to support you and others engaged in this wonderful ministry.

Website:

This continues to evolve and we are about to upload some examples of job descriptions and other information which may support schools and colleges considering chaplaincy. Other resources in this area will follow soon.

Please do send us ideas/resources/news so we can truly reflect the variety of brilliant things you do and further inspire others.

As I close, I am reminded of one of the readings often read at Carol services:

Isaiah 9: 2; 6-7 

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;

those who lived in a land of deep darkness-- on them light has shined.

For a child has been born for us, a son given to us;

authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named

Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace

for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it

with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore.

The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

 

May God bring His light, life and joy to us all and to those amongst whom we minister, this Christmas and into the new decade to come.

God bless you,

Maggie and the CCE Team

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