Our Chaplaincy team arranges a wide variety of worship and activities in school. Should you wish to contact the Chaplaincy, please ring 01223 568816 or email:
Revd Dr Alexandra Clarke (Chaplain): firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Rosie Hewitt (Chaplain): email@example.com
Our Chaplaincy team supports all members of the community: students, staff, governors, parents and carers. Together with the staff and Christian representatives from local churches, the team maintains and develops the Christian ethos of the school.
Opportunities are provided for students to explore the Christian faith and to deepen their relationship with God through assemblies and other acts of worship, Anglican and Roman Catholic Eucharists, lunchtime groups, reflection days and retreats.
The Chaplains are available to any member of the school community who needs someone to talk to, or who wishes to discuss a particular issue.
What is a Church School? Former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, explains:
“A Christian school is one in which the atmosphere has that kind of openness about it, that sense that people are worth spending time with, that people need time to grow, need loving attention. The Christian Gospel says that every person has a unique task to do, with God, and for God, whether they know it or not. It doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone involved has to share the same theology or philosophy. It doesn’t mean that everyone knows that they have this relationship with God, and is consciously working at it. But a Christian school is one in which the entire atmosphere is pervaded by a conviction that there is something mysterious, and potentially wonderful, in everybody.”
Our role as educators is part of our wider role in the formation of young people. Our Chaplaincy leads the way in encouraging our students to grow into the life-long vocation desired for them by God.
Worship is vital to our shared life at St Bede’s. Our Collective Worship happens every morning in the context of our daily assemblies and tutor groups. Following weekly themes based on the Church’s calendar, we explore the nature and character of God and what it means to be human. Bible readings, prayers, meditations, drama, art, games, poetry, film and literature are all used creatively to teach, inspire, challenge and affirm our beliefs.
In the traditions of the Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches, we learn together the prayers and liturgy used by both churches for centuries, as well as encouraging students to find their own personal and creative ways of praying. Students are expected to take an active part in Collective Worship and have opportunities to plan and lead worship for themselves.
Our purpose-built Chaplaincy is set aside for students and staff to find a quiet and reflective space in the midst of the busy school day. Here, in the peace, there is space for personal prayer with and without words. Prayers and symbols, ancient and modern are utilized to help students make their own connections with God.
The Chaplaincy space is also used by small prayer groups, Christian Union, Film Club, Craft Club, Worship Band meetings and rehearsals, as well as many other events.
Our vision is for all our students and staff to live full and flourishing lives. As well as leading and planning our worship, our Chaplains are also part of St Bede’s excellent pastoral care provision and are available for staff and students to meet with privately in the course of the school day.