REJOICE IN THE LORD & SERVE WITH GLADNESS
Incarnational – “As I have loved you, so you must love one another” John 13:34
The priestly role is very clear; the Chaplain is an integrated part of the TGSG community while also being a visible symbol of the Church, and most significantly of the love of Christ. As an ordained minister, the Chaplain has the opportunity to model Christ-likeness in all aspects of the school’s daily life; in the ordinary and the boring as well as in the more transcendent tasks. As a focal point of the Christian ethos, the Chaplain can offer alternative ways of interacting and relating both to staff and students. In the day to day of life, the Chaplain can attempt to teach and nurture from the point of their own humanity the reality of our experience of working out what it is for fallen humanity to be holy, with consistency and integrity.
In practice, this means being involved in as much of the activity of the school as possible – to be seen and to be present, to serve and to extend grace.
Pastoral – “Come with me, by yourselves, to a quiet place and get some rest” Mark 6:31
The fast pace of the school day sometimes gives little space for being human. The Chapel and the Chaplain can provide sanctuary, a welcoming place where people can just “be” – without any form of assessment. The role of the Chaplain is the same as that of a parish priest, to listen with grace and extend the love of God into the life of those around them. TGSG has a fundamental commitment to the flourishing of each student and staff member as a human being.
In practice this means spending time with individuals – both staff and students – listening and giving them space to think and feel, supporting the inclusion team and serving on the Senior Leadership Team.
Worshipful – “God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’” Acts 17:27-28
The Chaplain acts as a focal point for the worshipping life of our school community; it is a key responsibility of the Chaplain to encourage spiritual enquiry and growth and to inspire opportunities for the TGSG community to experience the awesome presence of God. In order to be able to do this, the Chapel needs to be a place of prayer, worship and peace and the Chaplain needs to be a person of prayer, worship and peace.
In practice, this means supporting students and staff in delivering collective worship and leading assemblies and services, working with the Chapel Ambassadors and praying for the students, staff and life of the school.