Newsletter 3rd June 2020

3rd June 2020


Dear Friends,

Support and Resources:

It was fantastic that so many chaplains (well over 50) joined us for the #Faithathome gathering on May 19th. The next ‘gathering’ under the #Faithathome umbrella will be on Tuesday 16th June (10.30-12.00) where we will be considering the topic of ‘Loss’. We do hope you will be able to join us for this.

When: Jun 16, 2020 10:30 AM London

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Prior to this gathering we are also hosting on Zoom:

‘Rainbows and Remembrance’.

This workshop will give you an opportunity to create a liturgy to use when you return to school or college… We are delighted that Rev Sarah Cussons (herself an experienced chaplain) will lead us through how to form, develop and create a liturgy you will leave with for use in your context. The purpose is to support you in creating your own liturgy for when you return to your school and college and support your community in celebrating, remembering and marking the joys, challenges and losses of the past months.

There will be some pre-work for you to do and the possibility of a follow up session to really get it done! When you register you will be asked to enter the type of school (primary, secondary or 6th form college – or a focus you wish to take) this will help us set up the groups accordingly and we shall forward you a copy of the work we are asking you to prepare in advance.

This is being run in collaboration with the Methodist Church, Free Churches Group, Roman Catholics, Chaplaincy Central, St Peter’s Saltley Trust and Church of England. We are very aware that the context for FE Colleges is very different and are working on a different offer for you 😊

Rainbows and Remembrance:

A workshop to help you create a liturgy for the return to school.

When: Jun 9, 2020 01:30 PM London

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We are also hosting the second of our ‘Drop in’ sessions for Chaplains who have been/are furloughed during the past weeks. Do come along and meet others in the same position:

Wednesday 3rd June 8.00pm

Meeting ID: 895 5959 8572
Password: 746262

Chaplaincy Central:

"This is my command—be strong and courageous!
Do not be afraid or discouraged.
For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

Monday 17th June 2020
10:00 - 11:35am

via Zoom video-conferencing

You are warmly invited to join with chaplains and others working in schools for an online gathering exploring two key themes for our times

Be Strong – how do we care for ourselves and stay strong in the Lord

Be Kind – how best can we relate to others in our communities, our
schools and colleges as so many are carrying grief and anxiety.


Nigel Roberts (St. John’s College, Nottingham and Youth for Christ)

Miriam Kearney (Wakefield C of E Academy)

Alastair Reid (General Secretary of TISCA – The Independent Schools Christian Alliance)

Paul Sanderson OBE (Littlehampton Academy)

Gordon Parry (previously General Secretary of SCALA)

Tricia Horrocks (C of E Academy, Crawley)

Beginning and ending with a short reflection, the time will include brief input from our six speakers and two opportunities to discuss the issues raised with a small group of colleagues in break-out rooms.

Attendance is open to everyone, and there is no charge, but advance registration is required. Please sign up now, and join with many other chaplains all over the country on June 17th. Further programme details and sign-in codes will be sent to you when you register.

Another two weeks has gone and we enter the 10th week of lockdown. A complete life-changing experience for us all. I wonder what your experience has been like?

The First Disciples:

I am continually drawn back to the experience of the first disciples. So much change, so many fears and so many hopes and dreams seemingly shattered. Confusion, bewilderment and fear must have been tangible. Then the unexpected happens (yes, we know they should have believed Jesus) and He returns. I wonder how we would have reacted? I find it interesting that we are not given the full detail of their reaction…. Apart from Thomas of course. However, it is telling that once again Jesus says: ‘Peace’. My prayer is that as we move into new unknown territory in the coming weeks that we will all hear this word in our own situations


For some, I know, lockdown has been life-changing due to bereavement and please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers especially as there are so many constraints on us at present. For others a shift to endeavouring to be a chaplain in a virtual context has presented many challenges and so many of you have embraced these and created amazing opportunities for your communities from on-line camping to skate boarding challenges; from virtual CU meetings to consistently and persistently emailing staff and young people, even when there is little response. Then for some of you it has been a cessation of all your ministry as a chaplain


I would love to hear your stories. Please get in touch and let me know something of what life is/has been like for you in lockdown. I want to share your stories (the encouragements and the challenges) as widely as possible as no matter what your experience, your story is always worth being heard.

Additionally we are very keen to share/show pictures of what is actually happening in your school/workspace. We would really love to see how you are getting ready to welcome back pupils, to share/admire all the innovative ideas you have had. Please, please send pictures to

Schools return:

There has of course, been much in the press and social media about the coming half term. There is also a vast difference across schools around the country regarding who, when, how and what is going to happen, as I speak with many of you. Please know you are in our prayers and again I would love to hear your stories. There are so many challenges ahead, a time to be thankful that our God is greater. We pray daily for our leaders nationally and school leaders as they seek to implement safe strategies and protocols. Never has there been a time when you as chaplains are more needed. May you know wisdom and guidance as you support your school and college communities in the days ahead.

We are all aware that you may be back in school or college in the next few weeks or mayhave other commitments at these times.

Do let me know if there are things you would like us to offer to support you and please take a look at the variety of resources on our website, the #Faithathome website and The Oak Academy

Praying for you,                                          

Maggie and the CCE Team


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