The chaplaincy team at Christ’s College are a vital part of fulfilling the school’s ethos: “Perseverance, Resilience and Optimism” (Hebrews 12:1; Philippians 4:13 & Psalm 118:24). The chaplaincy team contribute significantly to the pastoral care and support of our students, providing support for both staff and students. The team provide friendship clubs; detached youth work, Youth Alpha, CU and special events weeks, including an annual prayer week. These are all made available to every student at the College.
Students and families from the college community are at the centre of all we do. It is a privilege to offer support, comfort, prayer and a listening ear to all in our College community.
We are very proud of the pastoral support we provide and greatly value the input of every one in our team.
It has been a privilege to serve the school in this capacity since 2000, working alongside a devoted pastoral team at Christ’s College we aim to help all students with their pastoral needs.
Rev. Rob Lewis
Our chaplain Rev. Rob Lewis, who was ordained in 1982, has over 35 years’ experience of pastoral work. He started working at Christ's College in 2000; His role is to oversee the delivery of the Christian ethos in the College, supporting students, parents, families and staff. He is also the minister of a local church. To say that Rob is a huge (Welsh) rugby fan is something of an understatement!
Rev. Ray Driscoll
Ray works in the Chaplaincy team under the title of ‘Mission and Ministry Lead’ and is responsible for the youth work that takes place in the college. He also contributes to the Christian Ethos of the school, including the acts of worship. Ray was Ordained in the Church of England in July 2017 and is serving as a Curate at St Peter’s Shared Church; the Parish in which the school is located. Ray has over 15 years of youth work experience and enjoys reading theology and watching rugby.
Mrs R. Van Wymeersch
Mrs Van Wymeersch is the Director of Religious Studies and Social Sciences at Christ’s College. In addition to her responsibility for leading Religious Studies, she has also come alongside the Chaplaincy team and has worked with Ray in supporting tutors to lead Christian Ethos sessions during form times. As a member of teaching staff with several years of experience in the classroom, Mrs Van Wymeersch will help to bring together the work of the Chaplaincy team with the academic life of the College.
Aims and Objectives
Be a positive Christian presence, to serve and enable others to be open to the possibility of Faith and:
- Live out the Christian message in word and actions.
- Be the spiritual link between students, staff and the church
- Present a positive view of Christianity in relevant, enthusiastic, creative and challenging ways
- Enhance worship
- Provide opportunities where the Christian faith can be discussed and encountered
- Being independent yet still part of the school
- Share the Christian faith with students and staff in appropriate and relevant ways
- Create space to reflect
- Enhance the behavioural support using things like Restorative Justice.
- Enhance the Christian ethos across the whole school
- Be a resource and provide pastoral support to:
- Journey alongside the school community
- Offer additional pastoral support in times of crisis
- Signpost to other appropriate agencies, including churches for those who are interested
- Encourage staff and students when they require it
- Provide mediation between individuals, the school or home where required
- Build and maintain positive relationships
- Be there and available to listen, support and pray
- Communicate concerns appropriately with the wider Christian community for prayer and support
- Provide additional support during transition
- Resource the school in a variety of different ways
- Empower individual Christians or Christian groups
- Help the school to meet some of their legal requirements (SIAS and other inspections)
- Support Christian education across the curriculum