Hi! Thanks for reading about our chaplaincy. My name is Andy and I’m the chaplain here. I’ve been a committed Christian since I was 9 years old and have enjoyed serving in Christian ministry for several years. During that time I have been inspired by one of my favourite bible verses, John 3:16, which says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.“ This is a reminder of the saving grace of God which motivates me to live for Christ and share about him.
Since September 2020, I’ve really enjoyed being part of this fantastic Christian community of staff and pupils. It is a blessing to be part of a school committed to our Christian roots and following the words of Jesus. As we work closely with the Blackburn Diocese Board of Education, including the chaplaincy network we seek to implement their vision in our context. My role here is to encourage this vision and our Christian ethos into the whole of school life in such a way that is accessible for everyone. In doing so we long to see everyone live life in all its fullness (John 10:10).
I can remember the input I received as a young person at my time in Christian schools and youth groups which proved to be very formative and foundational in my life, I hope we can offer the same opportunity to our pupils. We aim to provide an environment where everyone here feels included to explore faith, ask questions and express their ideas as we journey together. In pursuit of that goal, I help to coordinate and deliver our daily acts of worship, faith based lunch clubs and I also enjoy getting involved in other areas of school life, for example, coaching rugby.
You can read more about our worship schedule on the calendar here. I am also available for 1:1 pastoral support for staff and pupils if ever they may need a listening ear during difficult times that can occasionally affect us all, these are arranged by contacting me directly or through our pastoral tutors and team via the contact form on out school website.
If you would like to ask me any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Our Faith Reps are responsible to help lead and coordinate our times of collective worship. They are on a rota to begin and end the liturgy when we meet in the main hall. They will also prepare for readings in their form group chapel communion. We will gather Faith Reps together occasionally for pupil feedback which gives them a chance to give suggestions to improve.
Our chapel is used for RE lessons, as a seasonal prayer space and other activities The core extra-curricular activities are listed below,
The chapel is open to pupils every break.
Wednesday lunch - Ignite (bible, prayer, games, chat)
Thursday lunch - drop in (games, chat, prayer space)