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Connecting Chaplains with the President and Vice-President of Methodist Conference

Chaplains of any denomination are welcome to join in this online celebration of chaplaincy hosted by the Methodist Church’s current President and V-P, on Tuesday 8 November, 7.30-8.30pm. You don’t need to be a Methodist to take part, although the event will have a Methodist flavour to it! For more details and booking, see this Eventbrite page.

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Your Voice Webinar – Debating Resource for Students – 8 July 10-11.30

Come and hear about how the Your Voice programme could be used in your college, in a webinar organised with College chaplains and staff in mind.

When youth worker and former FE College chaplain Barry Mason asked local high schools in the Kidderminster Bewdley area how he might support their students, staff asked him how he might grow young people’s confidence in speaking in public and articulating their opinions confidently.  

In response, Barry developed Your Voice – a series of debates on a variety of hot contemporary topics, drawing on the material in the youth edition of the Good News Bible, but open to allow young people to form and express their own opinions. Over the past couple of years Barry has been trialling Your Voice with various groups of students, including at Worcester Sixth Form College alongside college chaplain Jo Oates.  

On 8 July 10am-11.30am you can find out more about using Your Voice in your college in a webinar featuring Barry Mason and FE Chaplaincy Ambassador Nigel Roberts. For more details and to sign up, please contact fechaplaincy[at]saltleytrust.org.uk.

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12 September – Annual Commissioning Service for Chaplains in Schools and Colleges

You are warmly invited to join the Centre for Chaplaincy in Education for their Annual Online Commissioning Service for Chaplains in Schools and Colleges.

This event celebrates and recognises the enormous contribution made by chaplains within their school and college communities and seeks to affirm and encourage them as they begin a new academic year.

Join together with leading church dignitaries from all denominations including;  the Bishop of Durham, Rev Paul Butler, the Bishop of Shrewsbury, Rev Mark Davies, the Vice President of Methodist Conference, Mrs Barbara Easton and the Free Churches Moderator, Rev Hugh Osgood – as well as headteachers, Diocesan Directors of Education, and school pupils from across the UK, to celebrate chaplaincy in education. Together we shall commit ourselves to serve God and the communities to which God has called us.
This is a family service and all are welcome.

Please reserve a seat.bit.ly/CCECom2021

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Chaplaincy, Wellbeing and Faith Webinar

Recently 175 people participated in the webinar Chaplaincy, Wellbeing and Faith, with speakers including Dr Justin Varney, Director of Public Health for Birmingham, and Carol Wilson, Head of Spiritual Care for Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust.  You can watch the webinar here.  Thanks to Paul Chesterman and David Butterworth of Birmingham Methodist District’s Mission in the Economy team, for sharing this.  Their latest newsletter also includes a piece from WM FE Chaplaincy Ambassador Phil Metcalf.  Sign up for this newsletter by emailing paul.chesterman[at]birminghammethodist.org.uk.

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Preparation in Exile – supporting young people in college (event)

WMCFEC member Rob Chivers writes: ‘At SCM we are exploring what this time means through the lens of an exile narrative, and would like to invite youth workers who work with 16-19’s and 6th Form chaplains to the next of our Preparation in Exile Zoom meetings on Wednesday 18th November, 11am-12pm.
During this event we will be skill-sharing our ideas and thoughts for the upcoming year. For example, how can we support young people going to university in 2021/22, and what will it look like to welcome students back after the first term?
Email rob@movement.org.uk or PM us for the Zoom details! Details will be messaged out on the day of the event for any who marks themselves as “attending”.’
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Remembrance and Rainbows – EXTRA! Workshop for FE & 6th Form Chaplains

Wednesday 1 July 2020, 10.00-11.30 on Zoom.

Book now for this FREE virtual workshop for FE and 6th Form chaplains on supporting your college after lockdown.

Register here (advance booking helpful, so that we know how many to expect).  This workshop has been planned by members of WMCFEC, Centre for Chaplaincy in Education, Festive and Chaplaincy Central.

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Our New FE Chaplaincy Films Launched!

We’re delighted to launch 5 short YouTube videos introducing Further Education and Chaplaincy. They’re ideal for showing to churches and groups of faith leaders interested in offering chaplaincy. Films 3 and 4 can also introduce to colleges what chaplains do.

The films have been produced by the talented people at Mazo Creative Agency, and have been made in partnership with 3 local colleges: North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, Halesowen College and Burton and South Derbyshire College. We’re very grateful for all their help!

Watch all 5 films here:

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Chaplaincy Standards Launch at N Warks and S Leics College

Come along to North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College on 22 November for the launch of new standards for chaplaincy with children and young people, developed by the Institute of Children, Youth and Mission, Admission is by ticket – click on this eventbrite link to book.