Resourcing further education colleges, chaplains and churches to work in creative partnership
If you are an FE college chaplain – or are thinking of becoming one – we can support you by:
This aspect of our work will also be of interest to college youth workers, counsellors and equality and diversity managers with a commitment to faith-sensitive working.
WMCFEC is now working closely with the West Midlands FE Chaplaincy Ambassador, Phil Metcalf, who is available to help colleges explore options for chaplaincy, and to work with churches beginning to engage with their colleges. Networking events and conferences will also be held.
It was great to welcome current and would-be FE chaplains from around the region to this conference in May. There were presentations from Revd Garry Neave (C of E education chaplaincies adviser) on ‘FE Chaplaincy in England Today’ and Prof. Trevor Cooling (Chair of the RE Council) on ‘Spiritual Development in Secular Settings’. In the afternoon chaplains gathered into three regional clusters and plan to continue meeting in these groups over the coming years. Read more about the day here. If you’re a chaplain and would like to join one of these local FE chaplains’ gatherings, please contact us!
Plumbing the Depths is a new resource written specially for FE chaplains and others working in the FE sector, enabling them to reflect on their calling and experience in FE through the story of the Book of Jonah. Written by former Council members Sarah Brush and Toni Coulton, and with 24 fabulous original illustrations by Si Smith, Plumbing the Depths comes with everything you need to run a reflective or retreat session for 1 to 1, small group or large group use, including meditations, images, PowerPoint presentations and handouts. Available on CD for a suggested donation of £9. Contact us to order.
As chaplains frequently bridge the worlds of further education and local church, please also see our For Colleges and For Churches pages for more information on current projects and training, including occasional ‘Faith Literacy’ training sessions, and a new project – ROUNDED – developing SMSC resources for 16-19s.