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Christian Apologetics for Children's and Youth Work

December 2019

Christian Apologetics for Children's and Youth Work
The latest newsletter from
Revd Dr Irene Smale
Diocesan Children's and Families Work Advisor (Part-Time)
Chaplain to the Prebendal School Chichester
Cathedral Deacon
Lecturer in Practical Theology
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Department for Apostolic Life
Diocese of Chichester


The Fifth National School Chaplaincy Conference, The Revd Dr Sam Wells, Vicar, St Martin-in-the-Fields - The Crisis of Faith

July 2019

This keynote will be about the crisis of faith we are experiencing in western society and will engage with what Chaplains may experience as indifference or hostility towards Christianity.

The Revd Dr Sam Wells is a preacher, pastor, writer, broadcaster, and theologian. He has served as a Church of England parish priest for 20 years. He also spent seven years in North Carolina, where he was Dean of Duke University Chapel. Sam is Visiting Professor of Christian Ethics at King’s College London, and a member of the Multi-Stakeholder Council that advises the G20 meetings. He has published 32 books. His most recent book is Walk Humbly. He has been Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields since 2012.


The Fifth National School Chaplaincy Conference - Meg Prowting in Conversation with Jimmy McGovern

July 2019

Jimmy McGovern is an award winning screenwriter and producer. In this Interview Jimmy, talks about his award-winning TV dramas; from the days of ‘Brookside’ via ‘Cracker’ and ‘Hillsborough’ to the more recent ‘Broken’.

His 2017 TV series ‘Broken’ is the focal point of this conversation. ‘Broken’ looks into the role of a Catholic priest, in relation to a variety of extremely serious social issues that affected particular individuals in his parish.

This harrowing but intensely moving, unforgettable drama, raises issues with which wider society in Britain has yet to come to terms fully.


Dr Mary Marshall Director of Undergraduate Studies and Outreach at the Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford and Fellow and Tutor in Theology at St Benet’s Hall

July 2019

The Old and New Testaments offer a range of resources for understanding the role of the Spirit in human lives. We read in 2 Corinthians that “where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” but how might such an understanding be reconciled with the overwhelming and imperative power of the Spirit described elsewhere? From a critical examination of selected biblical passages, the address will explore scriptural roots for a discussion of where and how the Spirit leads, in conversation with the wider scope of the conference.


Paul Barber & Nigel Genders - A View From The Bridge

July 2019

Paul Barber was appointed Director at the Catholic Education Service in December 2012. He was formerly director of education at the Diocese of Westminster.

Nigel Genders was appointed as the Chief Education Officer for the Church of England and General Secretary of the National Society.
As the Church of England's Chief Education Officer, Nigel has lead responsibility for the development of the Church's strategies and policies for education - in schools, colleges and universities, and in parishes, deaneries and dioceses - to promote the highest quality of educational practice and to promote and support the Church's voluntary work among children and young people.