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.

Andy Barnett

Chaplain

a.barnett@archbishoptemple.com

 

 

We marked the season of Lent with these crosses, we also had a large cross in the main hall and a creative prayer space in the chapel. One of our key verses for this time reminds us of the time Jesus was in the wilderness. We encouraged the pupils to consider this season as a time of reflection and renewal with God.

Mt 4:1-2

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.

 

Form 7S delivered an assembly on Pentecost to the whole of year 7 on 26th May. Mrs Jimenez's form did a great job of explaining the significance of Pentecost and why Christians celebrate it. 

  

On 16th December, staff and pupils from all year groups enjoyed a magical Christmas celebration. Led by Miss Sherwood, Head of Performing Arts, and Chaplain Andy, the celebration featured Christmas Carols beautifully sung by our school choir and Bible readings read by pupils.