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School Chaplaincy

Our Family is:

 My name is Mr Hunter and along with Emma, we run the Chaplaincy space at St James’s. Our school is very much a family and a community. We cheer each other on in the good times and support one another through the tougher times.

Worship is at the heart of St James’s and provides an important space to think and reflect in an ever busying world. Collective Worship is held each day and its importance is valued and recognised throughout school.

Chaplaincy is inclusive and open to all. There are many clubs that run throughout the week such as chess club, a Rooted discipleship group and the Curate Our History Group which, in partnership with the Seven Saints Team, focusses on elements of journalism and local history. We champion student involvement and are excited to have our first ever Chaplaincy prefects on board for next year and are excited to see what ideas they will bring to Chaplaincy. We also compliment the wider pastoral team and support many students in a through 1:1 sessions.                 

                                                       

                                                Mr Hunter                                    Emma

Our Family Serves Generously:

Charity and giving are at the heart of the St James’s ethos and we have 3 main charities; 

  • Local – Farnworth and Kearsley Foodbank – this is a wonderful charity that is on our doorstep. They provide essential food and personal care packages to many people in our local community. At Harvest time, we hold a whole school collection and aim to bless our local community in this way. This is our charity focus for term.

  • National – MS Society is our national charity because of the many people within our school family who have a close affinity with the work that this brilliant charity do. This is our charity focus for term 2.

  • Global – Our global charity is Unicef as we realise that as well as being a part of a local and national community, we are also part of a global community. With this in mind, we support Unicef who seek to work to build a ‘better world for every child, every day, everywhere.’ This is our charity focus for term 3.

As well as our designated charities, we also have 2 charities who we have close links with. These are:

  • Urban Outreach – This is a local charity who do great things throughout the town of Bolton. We partner with them in their Christmas Dinner on Jesus project. To find our more about this brilliant project.

  • Accomplish Trust – this is a charity run by volunteers who have helped to set up a school for those with special educational needs in rural Uganda. Over the years we have helped to fund a new dormitory for the school and have built solid links with the young people in Uganda as a result. 

Our Family Honours:

.Each half-term we have a special focus on a particular event or theme;

  • International Day of Peace – encouraging relationships rather than retaliation

  • Remembrance – an incredibly poignant and important time in which we remember those who fought for our today.

  • Holocaust Memorial Day – Learning from the lessons of the past so that similar things don’t happen in the future.

  • Interfaith Week – Increasing awareness and understanding of different faiths.

  • Mental Health Awareness Week – Encouraging a culture in which we look after mind, body and soul.

  • St James's Going Green Week - playing our role in minimising climate change.

  • MS Awareness Week - raising awareness of those affected by Multiple Sclerosis.

Our Wider Church Family:

Diocese of Manchester | CHILDREN CHANGING PLACES 
Emma is employed by CCPP and part of her role is to support young people with their transition from year 6 to High school, enabling discipleship pathways to remain open.

St Andrew Church Over Hulton – Worshipping God | Teaching Jesus | Nurturing Faith
Emma also supports St Andrew’s Over Hulton with their youth work. KTJC is a weekly meeting for those in year 6 - year 9. We have fun whilst exploring practical and devotional aspects of faith.

Seven Saints Team – New Bury with Great Lever 
The CCPP team have had input into St Catherine’s family services and other youth meetings co-ordinated by The Seven Saints Team.

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