What is Chaplaincy?
The Chaplaincy provision in St John Payne aims to give both students and staff opportunities to explore faith, take part in prayer and meet Christ. It endeavours to offer as much as possible by way of liturgy, clubs, resources and other events, which are accessible and relevant for young people (as well as staff and the wider community). This gives opportunities to ask questions about faith, church, God and hopefully come to a deeper relationship with Christ, in line with our mission statement which wants students and staff to learn Gospel values and to “Love one another as Christ has loved us”. The Chaplain is also available as pastoral support – a listening ear for students, families and staff.
The Chaplaincy provision understands that there are many students, staff and families who are not of a Catholic background and aims to also reach out to other denominational Christians, other faiths and those of no faith through all that it does. Whilst we are a diverse and multi-cultural community, we aim to instil the Christian message of love and Gospel values instil throughout our community. We offer many opportunities for all students, staff and the wider community to meet Christ.
The Chaplain – Katy Adams
The chaplain's role is both pastoral and spiritual. Katy is here to support any students who may like to share concerns or to explore their faith. Her door is always open or appointments can be made through the Form tutor or Head of Year.
The spiritual aspect of the Chaplain's role consists of a variety of events, clubs, Masses, liturgies, prayers, retreats, assemblies, Bible Reflections, pilgrimages, all designed to help students access their faith and learn more about religion, faith, Christianity and the Catholic Church. The Chaplain also oversees the PSHE and RSHE curriculum.
Chaplaincy Leaders, elected from the Sixth Form, help to facilitate Chaplaincy events, clubs and the general chaplaincy provision.
Each form elects two Vice-Captains. It is their specific responsibility to promote Chaplaincy events.
Tuesday - 8am Mass in the Chapel, all are welcome. Also junior CST (Catholic Social Teaching) club meet in The Chapel at lunchtime, all are welcome to attend.
Thursday – Meditation / Adoration – Lunchtime in the Chapel. Open to all.
Friday - Form Mass in the Chapel. During Lent and Advent, Station of the Cross at lunchtime.