Welcome to the Junior Chaplaincy Team
Role of the Team
The Junior Chaplaincy Team plays a vital role in the spiritual and charitable life of the school and is supported by the Head teacher, class teachers and the school Chaplaincy Lead. The team meets weekly - each Friday lunchtime - to pray together, share ideas, plan and run spiritual and charitable activities.
The role of the team includes, to:
- Support and uphold the school in its Vision and Mission Statement.
- Help the school to be a community of faith, celebrating difference, whilst promoting the Catholic character of our school.
- Encourage the pupils to live their faith in daily living.
- Develop good relationships within and beyond the school community.
- Support the celebration of the liturgy, prayer and the spiritual life of the school.
- To promote Saints’ days, feast days and solemnities during the school year.
- Involve pupils in fundraising for charities.
- Play a part in developing strong links with the Parish and community.
In order to fulfil these roles, our Junior Chaplaincy Team:
- Helps to prepare regular assemblies, Mass, seasonal lunchtime prayer groups and ‘Saints Day’ celebrations.
- Helps to lead assemblies, assist at Mass, at liturgies and run seasonal lunchtime prayer initiatives.
- Leads daily prayer in their class – morning, lunchtime and at the end of the day.
- Supports various charity fundraising events and projects; for example, CAFOD fundraising and creating school prayer gardens.
- Represents the school by attending Mass at the local parish (we have a diarised ‘school Mass’ once a term)
- Displays role model behaviour through their words, gestures and actions
- Takes a lead in showing respect and love for members of our community, who follow other faiths and practices
- Promotes faith and spirituality
- Liaises with other pupil-led chaplaincy teams across the Trust
The team has a Junior Chaplaincy Board, which gives information about its activities, so keep watch for any updates!
If you have any ideas that you wish to share with the team, please let one of the two team members in your class know; they are here to listen and help!
Parent / adult enquiries: please contact the Chaplaincy Lead through the school office.
‘Called and Chosen’:
How is the Junior Chaplaincy Team recruited?
Member of the Junior Chaplaincy Team wearing their team badge.
Whereas other positions of responsibility in the school can involve being voted into position, a Junior Chaplaincy Team (JCT) member is ‘called and chosen’ to serve. This echoes how Jesus called and chose his disciples; they followed him in a special way by responding to a personal invitation from him (Luke 5:1-11). Our JCT members, from Years 4, 5 and 6, do the same.
Each year, during the Autumn Term, Key Stage Two children interested in joining the Junior Chaplaincy Team are invited to let their teacher and peers know that, after reflection and prayer, they feel called to serve on the team. They are then invited to share with their classmates and teacher why they feel called to join the team. After prayerful reflection, each class teacher them forwards nominations to the Head Teacher, who, with the school Chaplaincy co-ordinator, makes the final choice about who is chosen to serve. Most of our team members are Catholic, but some are members of other Christian denominations or follow another religion.
The team members are then commissioned during a special assembly, when they receive their Junior Chaplaincy Team badge. During this assembly, all the children present pray for the Team in a special way.
Junior Chaplaincy Team Members: 2018 – 2019
‘Called and Chosen’
Members of the team share why they think the Junior Chaplaincy Team and their own faith is important to them.
“Chaplaincy is important to me because it helps people share their faith without being afraid of who will judge them.
I felt I was called to be on the team because Jesus is a big part of my life. I wanted to be part of the Chaplaincy team because I want to help.”
H, aged 9
“I wanted to be on this team because I want people to spread peace and God’s word. My faith is important because it leads me to a peaceful world and a quiet life!”
A, aged 9
“Chaplaincy is important because it’s a way we can show good role models for the school.
I was called to be part of my team because God has given me faith. Sometimes I feel like I can do more for my school by praying for people who cannot pray for themselves.”
G, aged 9
“Chaplaincy is important because it helps the children in the school to be better in the future.
I feel called to be part of the team because I feel religious and I think I could make other people believe in whoever they need to believe and I think that would help in the future.”
M, aged 8
“Chaplaincy is important because God has called me into the team and I have Jesus and God’s Family.
I think Chaplaincy is important to me because God brought me into the masses and I want to be a good helper to other.”
Ml, aged 8
“I am 10 years old. I think chaplaincy is important in school because it will show people how much people love God. I feel called to be part of the team because I want to share my faith with others.”
J, aged 10
“I want to be on the Chaplaincy team because I want to help the world, as we are a Catholic school, it is important to celebrate and support faith activities.
My faith is important to me because it will make me good…”
V, aged 10
“I think that Chaplaincy is important for the school because it will help you, like if you’re shy, you can come. I think that Chaplaincy is important because Chaplaincy, I think, is good for the school and I love being part of Chaplaincy. It is the best thing ever and I like being part of my faith.
I wanted to be in the Chaplaincy Team because I want to speak out for myself and for other people.
My faith is important because I want Jesus to know me and I want to go to Heaven, so I can have my wish and that is to meet Jesus.”
S, aged 9
“I wanted to be on the Chaplaincy Team because I wanted to learn more about the world and speak out in reading.
My faith is important to me because I want people to … believe in God.”
Ju, aged 9
“I wanted to be on the Chaplaincy Team because I want my school to be a better place. This is very important to me as we are a Catholic school. My faith is important to me because it shows how I help others. I respect whatever religion you are.”
M, aged 9
“I think that Chaplaincy is important in the school because it helps the school. It also lets you share your religion.
I feel called to be part of the team because I can show my religion to people.
I wanted to be part of the team because I can learn different religions. Also, I can teach people mine.”
An, aged 9
“I wanted to be a part of the Chaplaincy team so we can involve religious things in the school. I feel called to be part of the team because I have lots of ideas to improve our religious side of this school. I think that Chaplaincy is important in the school because our school is a Catholic school and we need to remember that God is with us and Jesus. I would like to learn about more religions and have a religious day when we learn about different cultures... I want people to be proud of their faith and know that their faith is very important.”
B, aged 10
“Hi, I am 11 years old… Chaplaincy is important to me because you can show your religion. My greatest treasure is Jesus. He leads me in what I do, think and speak. I try to live by Jesus’ teachings. Chaplaincy is important to this school because it helps us to know that our God will always be with us, no matter what. It is important to share your faith. We need to learn about other religions and help other children express and share their religion. As we are a Catholic school, it is important to support faith activities. I felt that Jesus was calling me to be on this team. So, I followed my heart and did what Jesus wanted me to do.”
S, aged 11
“Hi, I am 10 years old...
I wanted to help the children in our school to show their faith; I also wanted to help in mass and liturgy. As we are a Catholic school, it’s important to celebrate and support faith activities. It is important because my faith can teach people who have different faiths and cultures and they can teach me their faiths.”
O, aged 10
“I want to be on the Chaplaincy team, so I can learn about lots of religious and cultures and to be the voice of people.
My faith is important to me because I respect Allah and I want to follow all of the prophet’s footsteps so I can be kind, loving and respectful. We have Jesus in our religion but we call him Prophet Ismail.”
H, aged 10
“Hi, I am 11 years old and I am a Catholic.
I wanted to be on the Junior Chaplaincy Team because I want the school to be as friendly as it can be. I also wanted to work with people with the same mission.
My faith is important to me because it helps me to learn about different cultures; it helps me to make good choices today. It also prevents world domination and brings everyone together.”
CB, aged 11
“I am 10 years old…. I think that chaplaincy is important in the school because it teaches you about your faith. I feel called to be part of the team because I really believe I am called to be a leader of my faith.
We need to help other children know their faith. My faith is important to me because I am a Catholic and I serve my only God. And I respect God and I try live the best I can.”
B, aged 10
“I think chaplaincy is important because in the school it makes you a team and a community in the school.
I think the Junior Chaplaincy Team is important because the Christian religion is important to me and I want to follow Jesus’ teaching.”
Sh, aged 11