“I came so that you may have life, and have it to the full.”
– John 10:10
UKS2 Pupils have the opportunity to serve the school as part of our Chaplaincy Team. At the end of Y4, the children are asked if they would like to apply for this important position which requires a commitment to sharing knowledge of our faith and the love of God with all the members of St. Joseph’s family. When chosen the new members are welcomed and mentored by the Y6 members of the team. They are then Commissioned by Father Michael at: The Cathedral Church of St. John the Evangelist (Salford Cathedral).
The Chaplaincy team play a vital role in the Spiritual life of the school and are supported by the R.E. Lead and Mrs Dargon.
This year our Chaplaincy team have been given blue sweatshirts so that they are easily identifiable.
The Chaplaincy Team have many responsibilities and perform them diligently throughout the year. They are:
- To support the spiritual life of the school through Liturgy and prayer
- Encouraging all our school community to live out our faith in their daily lives
- Develop positive relationships with and beyond the school community
- Fundraising for charities
- Developing stronger links with the Parish:
The Cathedral Church of St. John the Evangelist.
The Chaplaincy team has considered, shared ideas and decided how to do this:
- Prepare Gospel assemblies and Saint’s day celebrations
- Choose one prayer a week from the prayer box to read in weekly Liturgy assemblies.
- Organise various charity fund raising events
- Suggest ideas for RE resources
- Help to lead liturgies
- Share relevant Bible stories with different classes
- Maintain our ‘Mary garden’ and lead prayers in this outside ‘quiet space.’
- Work with other chaplaincy teams
- ‘Thought of the week’ or Gospel quote of the week, displayed and shared with each class.
Chaplaincy team success criteria
- To listen respectfully to each other’s ideas
- Communicate with team members, the school and the parish
- Encourage everyone when making decisions, to share their ideas and to try their best
- Include everyone when making decisions
- Become model representatives for the school. Lead by example and love as Jesus taught us, especially people we may not always get along with.
- Show the school by example how to be ‘Missionary Disciples of Jesus.’
And now I give you a new commandment: love one another as
I have loved you. If you have love for one another, then
everyone will know that you are my disciples.