"In Chaplaincy, we have been working towards bringing Gods voice to every student and providing an environment for faith to flourish." These are some ways we do this:
Within Chaplaincy, we have many initiatives going on that you can get involved with. Browse through this bulletin to see the various ways you can take time for prayer and reflection. If you have not already checked out some of the ways BCCC Chaplaincy has been connecting us through faith during this time, we encourage you to do so. This year has been one that continued to rally us together in our faith. We have been blessed to have been connected together through technology during our lock downs. Tuning into our Sway page; daily prayers on the BCCC website and opportunities for prayer virtually across our parishes.
Chaplaincy Champion Team Meeting – Each week we have our chaplaincy champion team meetings this term. These are interactive sessions for our chaplaincy champions to have a time of formation and collaborative discussions in the chapel.
KS3 Drop In Sessions in the chapel—Every Monday, Thursday and Friday during Break Time and Lunch Time. Join the chaplaincy team for a drop-in session of icebreakers, discussion and games. It is a time to pause in the middle of the busyness of the day.
‘Here I Am’ Personal Development Programme - The Lay Chaplains lead sixth formers each week through guided sessions of personal, spiritual and leadership development. The sessions will allow you to attain in house certificates in leadership and development for each completed sections. If you would like more information, email the lay chaplains.
Live Simply - BCCC has been supporting Solidarity, Simple and Sustainably with St. Dunstan’s parish and primary, St Alban’s and St. Jude’s. As a part of this our Eco-Warriors have been considering more sustainable options for our community. BCCC is supporting Fair Trade and sharing in a variety of options that can be done in school and at home. The initiative we are currently embarking on is to see, reflect and act to fully live out the scripture and papal writings in our day to day life.
Notable dates/Feast Days: In Chaplaincy, we celebrate and mark all notable dates in the Liturgical Calendar by pausing for prayer and reflection as a school community. Resources for the pause for prayer are on the school sway page and emailed to students. In the chapel, we mark these days by having a prayerful activity on that day in the chapel for all to observe the significant day in the churches calendar.
Youth Group – Each Wednesday, the Bishop Challoner and Saint Dunstan’s Youth Group meet virtually at 6:30pm -7:30pm for an interactive session with icebreakers, discussion, times of prayer and activities. The sessions are based around a theme. During May, we focussed on Mary and the devotional month to Mary. Email the chaplaincy team if you would like to join weekly.
Mass at St Dunstan’s - Over the last few weeks our Chaplaincy team has had the privilege of taking KS3 classes to Celebrate mass together at St Dunstan’s church. Mass is the 'source and summit' of Catholic Faith; an integral part of our beings as followers of Christ. Each time, we have had the opportunity to celebrate our faith and strengthen our community, allowing us to grow and give glory to God through our service to others. We are looking forward to continuing to share in Mass together over the summer term. Thank you; your support, time and consideration have strengthened our bonds of connection and faith. May our 'little things in love' continue to bring out the best in each of us.
Virtual Lourdes Pilgrimage – This year, the annual diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes during the May Half Term was online. Some of our staff/students represented our school community in this in many ways. We are thankful to all those who took part and participated in the programme.
Links for Chaplaincy :
Powerful Prayers: https://www.bishopchalloner.org.uk/ catholic-life/powerful-prayers
June Sway Page: https://sway.office.com/ZuDykqyfGt7aPO76?ref=Link