"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." Psalm 119:105
Samantha Alder and Reader Paul lead the chaplaincy team in Trinity.
As a chaplaincy team we offer spiritual and pastoral support to our Trinity Family. We are available for individuals who require additional support, comfort, space for reflection, a listening ear or someone to pray with them in times of crisis. We have bespoke chapel at our primary site and several prayer and reflection spaces at our secondary site.
Our parish churches of the Good Shepherd (https://www.goodpeter.org.uk/ ) and St Swithun’s (https://www.saintswithuns.org.uk/) play an important role in our worship - Rev Bridget and Mother Juliet, our parish priests are deeply connected with worship both who are school governors – Rev Bridget Shepherd is a governor. Both have an active role within our school in relation to chaplaincy support, worships, eucharists, church services and events such as the Christmas carol sing along.
Our local partnerships have grown considerably and we now have a variety of organisations, churches within our local parish and beyond that come in to support with our chaplaincy drop in service, our Christian Union and also our whole school worships at both sites. We hold regular meetings with local churches, leaders and organisations as a means of developing deep and meaningful long lasting connections that benefit pupils and staff. Examples include Icthus churches, St Swithun’s, Good Shepherd, Greenwich Youth for Christ, Salvation Army, XLP, Steve Gurnett (OAC Ministries. OAC is a member of the Evangelical Alliance. He is also a leader at Charlton and Blackheath Christian Fellowship) and Andy Laws (independent church but affiliated with the FIEC. Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches). Many of whom have come in and led half termly collective worships across both sites, as well as provide mentoring and assisting with extra curriculum clubs.
We currently run the following opportunities for our community:
- Chaplaincy lunch drop-in - this is run by a variety of youth leaders, vicars, pastors and priests.
- KS4 trip to Taize
- Primary pupils have weekly opportunities to read the Bible and write prayers with the Chaplain
- Active Pupil Faith Teams which meet weekly across both sites
- Monthly breakfast appreciation morning where we celebrate the hard work and dedication of our Trinity staff.
- 1-2-1 Chaplaincy support for teachers and pupils across both sites.
- Weekly Staff prayer group
- Half termly parent’s prayer group
- Regular Chaplaincy stall at parents’ events
- Both staff and KS4 pupils have been trained to become Eucharistic ministers
Pupil Faith Teams – What do they do?
We have an active pupil faith team at both the primary and secondary sites, pupils meet weekly to focus on worship, outreach and charity work. The faith team provides an opportunity for pupils to actively engage with their faith and demonstrate courageous advocacy in the local and national community.
Activities have included:
- Creating and leading whole school worship – both phases
- Installing our prayers trees in the reception areas across both sites
- Created thank you cards for all members of staff with bespoke messages
- Helped design prayer cards for pupils and staff – created and distributed at both sites to support those who were anxious about their return
- Leading Remembrance Day Service
- Remembrance – poppy design created, printed and cut by the art and faith teams and distributed to the Good Shepherd Church
- Leading prayers/readings at our Eucharists and Church services
- Fundraise for AFRIL
- Fundraising for the Lent Call
- Create remembrance displays
- Launched and created the interfaith competition
- Worship ambassadors – Upper KS2 faith team support in weekly worships
- Supported with the ART/RE through school competition – linked with black history month. Some great winners and entries as seen in the newsletter
- During COVID and lockdowns the faith teams continued to run remotely and the Faith Team created a thank you post card for the staff at Trinity
Who is in our Pupil Faith Teams?
As a school we have been established relationships with AFRIL and the Helping Hands Foodbank and are now working to become a Dementia Friendly School. Our secondary pupils have been completing the Alzheimer’s society dementia friendly programme.
Please see our Twitter feed to find out up-to-date information in regard to activities / events that are happening at Trinity. Specifically see #Chaplaincy for information related to Christian Distinctiveness. https://twitter.com/news4trinity
We are confident in our identity as a Church of England School but we are also inclusive and have a multi-faith prayer room which our pupils actively use. We welcome engagement with our diverse community who are encouraged to share their stories of life, faith and belief.
If you wish to contact our chaplain directly please do email Ms Alder on the following email: