It is good to grasp the one
and not let go of the other.
Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes.
Wisdom makes one wise person more powerful
than ten rulers in a city.
An article from the Chaplain probably should always begin with a quote for the Bible.
This one has particular relevance for me at the moment. It was quoted by Mr Jacob George in our first ever CONMTEPL8 session held on Tuesday afternoon in the B4 lounge suite area.
CONTEMPL8 was a recorded discussion involving Mrs Karen Prior-Morrissey, Mr Jacob George, Mr Patrick Innes-Hill and myself, along with Year 11 student, Emma Shire and Year 12 student, Rebecca Gonzalez.
It is indicative of the many novel and exciting aspects of Chaplaincy which have unfolded this term. The Chaplaincy team consists of: myself, Mr Rod Newth, Mrs Emma Tabacaru and Mrs Stephanie Slabbert. We have been involved in the Fresh Start Thursday Morning worship program, several weekly Bible studies and devotions, exciting new Thursday morning Chapel Services, the 40 Hour famine, CONNECT and Thailand Mission trips and preparations for September CONNECT trips as well as our main event for Term 4, the Annual Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child.
What an exciting and challenging few weeks it has been. Work in spiritual welfare and support and just going about the daily joy of being part of life here at Emmanuel College has to be amongst the most rewarding experiences anyone can have.
During my eighteen years at Emmanuel College, I have had the pleasure of working with three very gifted Chaplains: Mr Ian Begbie, Dr Terry King and Mr Mark Gladman. I thank them for their guidance, example and support. I am excited by the prospect of working with the current Chaplaincy team and I pray that God continues to richly bless our whole community. His blessings have flowed not just through the work of the chaplaincy team but also through the life and witness of all involved in this place.
Often, we can be reminded not to claim ownership of this school. I have overheard students being reminded that “this is not just your school, you know, it is our school”. In fact, it is Emmanuel College: it is His school and may it always be so.
My prayer is that Emmanuel College will be a place of great influence and especially with regard to the spiritual development and welfare of our students. A school where students are never forced or cajoled but rather being continually fascinated by the expression of faith they will see around them.