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Chaplaincy Training

On Tuesday 8th March 2022, Louise White, from Clifton Diocese, came to train the St Benedict's Chaplains.  This year they are thinking about the theme of Mission - helping those in most need through prayer and action.  Louise spent time talking to the children and helping them understand their role.  They created prayer sticks for each class and painted prayer stones to help focus the mind during reflection.  

This Lent the Chaplains are supporting each class with child-led worship and thinking about how they can empower action.  The Chaplains will be using the CAFOD 'Walk Against Hunger' challenge to raise money for those in most need as well as thinking about ways we can deepen prayer across all classes.  They will sharing their vision and  reminding us all of our call to mission in an whole school assembly in the next few weeks.

Be an example for the believers in your love, speech, faith, conduct and purity.' (Timothy 4:12)

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St Benedict’s Chaplaincy Team

Be an example for the believers in your love, speech, faith, conduct and purity.' (Timothy 4:12)

At St Benedict’s, the children in Year 4,5 and 6 have the opportunity to serve the school as part of the Chaplaincy Team. The Chaplaincy Team plays a vital role in developing the spiritual life of the school and the children are supported in their work by Mrs Mitchell.

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At St Benedict’s, we believe that the following are the top five tips to becoming a successful Chaplaincy Team:

1. Listen carefully to each other.

2. Communicate respectfully with all Chaplaincy Team members, other children in the school and with our Parish Priests.

3. Encourage everyone when they are making decisions and when they are sharing their ideas, and inspire them to always try their best.

4. Include everyone in the team when making decisions.

5. Lead by example and respect everyone.

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The Role of a Chaplain

The role of a chaplain at St Benedict’s includes the following:

  • to help the school to develop as a community of faith.
  • to encourage the children to live out their faith in daily life.
  • to develop good relationships within and beyond the school community.
  • to support liturgy, prayer and the spiritual life of the school.
  • to involve other children in fundraising for charities.
  • to support the school in living out its Values and Mission Statement.

In order to fulfil these roles, our chaplaincy team:

  • helps to prepare and lead masses, liturgies and assemblies.
  • assists in organising charity fund-raising events, when necessary.
  • provides a ‘Thought for the Week’ which is displayed in each classroom.
  • works with other chaplaincy teams with the Camino partnership.
  • promotes gospel values and helps others to understand how we can best use them in our everyday lives.
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