18th May 2020
I think it has dawned on all of us in the past few days that we are now nearing the end of a two months which has seen all of our lives change suddenly and drastically. The beginning of a shift in the restrictions has certainly brought with it a resurgence of angst amongst many, as the desire to bring more children back into school physically comes into play and with it a recognition that life has changed and some of those changes will remain for the foreseeable future.
All change is daunting no matter what the context. The disciples faced life-changing changes within the 3 years they spent with Jesus and pretty rapid changes during the days of his Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension. I am pretty sure their minds would have been in a bit of a whirl in trying to adjust to what was happening.
Maybe, like me, you had just begun to adjust to the ‘new normal’ and perhaps almost resented any more changes – no matter that these are trying to move us all into a ‘good/better’ state. I am learning to be kind to myself: it is OK if I do not get everything done today, it is also OK if I find I am working at a slower pace with less than my usual energy. Even with the demands of others (children/family/bosses/colleagues) we can only do what we can, with what we have, from where we are. So please, take a breath when you need to; stop and focus on the good that God has brought you today…. Our life today is in His hands and He knows everything about us and takes delight in us. I am reminded of the verses in Lamentations 3: 22-23
‘The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end
They are new every morning, great is your faithfulness’
May you know that in your day today… and tomorrow and in all the days He gives us.
You may be aware that we post a range of resources on our website. Please feel free to forward us any that you have found really useful, or indeed, have produced yourself!
I am grateful to Paul for his continued and good natured response to all requests that come through to and for his persistent work in uploading these resources. From 1st June, whilst it may take a little while to get up to speed, we are delighted to announce that we will have a new (part-time) Communications Consultant working with us. Anna Bowler is a former teacher and has a good personal understanding of the positive impact chaplaincy has on a school community. Her enthusiasm and practical experience we know will help us to respond more effectively to the online and digital areas with which we are increasingly engaging. Welcome Anna!
I hope that you have been able to watch the 3 recordings I referred to in my last email? I also hope you have found them useful. (https://centreforchaplaincyineducation.co.uk/pages/resources/page:2)
The next few weeks will bring opportunities for a variety of webinars to which you are, of course, warmly invited. Please hop onto the links enclosed and book yourself in!
Tomorrow (Tuesday 19th May) the first of 3 #Faithathome Chaplaincy Gatherings to run on Zoom. This first one brings 4 different foci with personal experience (from chaplains across the country) and an opportunity for you to engage with other chaplains in small groups.
On 2nd June The Free Churches Group is hosting a webinar for chaplains on self-care. The speaker is himself a chaplain working in Addenbrookes Hospital and experienced in dealing with trauma and crisis. Watch our website for details as to how to join.
The week beginning 8th June we are hosting (with the FCG/Methodists/Church of England/ Chaplaincy Central and Roman Catholics) a webinar: Liturgy for ‘face to face’ worship. We are delighted the Rev Sarah Cussons will be able to join us for this and will help us all design, write and produce a liturgy which (because YOU write it) you can use once you get back into face to face contact in school. There will be some pre-work, and the option of working with others after the session itself to support you in getting together a positive and engaging liturgy for your context. Link to this will come out in my next email and also on our website straight after half term.
There are a couple of other dates to put in your diary too:
16th June (#Faithathome Gathering number 2)
17th June: Chaplaincy Central online Gathering/Conference.
Finally, if you have not already had a chance to do so please join us for coffee and cake at 4.00pm every Friday (including half term). I always come away feeling better for having engaged with a bunch of amazing people like you.
God bless you richly and may you know His presence in the days ahead and as (I hope) you have a break over half term. Praying for you daily (Zoom prayer room opens at 8.30am!).
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