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Chaplaincy Page

 

 

WELCOME TO OUR CHAPLAINCY PAGE

 

Meet our fantastic 2019-2020 Chaplaincy Team

Chaplain - Mr Christian Fitzgerald 

 

 

Hi Guys! My name is Christian, or Chris if you’re in a hurry! and I have been the Lay Chaplain here at St Thomas More School since September 2019. I also look after 3 primary schools – St Annes in Buxton, St Marys in New Mills & St Marys in Marple Bridge. I have worked with young people for the last 8 years, including a year as part of Diocesan Youth Team at the Briars!

 

Whilst working at the Briars St Thomas More came up on retreat and I can remember loving every minute of our retreat. So when the Job for Chaplain came up, I jumped at the chance!

 

I am a big football fan and staunch supporter of Sheffield Wednesday. Supporting this team teaches me a lot about patience, and disappointment, and failure… I also enjoy all things music, I can play 7 instruments and I’m currently working on no. 8!

 

My Job here at Tommie’s is to help bring our Christian Faith to life! Through prayer, assemblies, school masses or even just a cup of tea and a chat! When I’m in, my door is always open to debate deep theological issues, or how bad Wednesday are doing in the league. My motto is ‘I don’t deal in doctrine and rules, I deal in relationship and encounter’ sometimes getting in touch with your faith and with Jesus starts with a random conversation. He likes to keep us on our toes!

 

Feel free to come and see me in my office next to the old library! (soon to be the new Chapel)

Staff, student, parent, governor. I have tea, I have biscuits, and I love a good natter!

 

I look forward to meeting and greeting and getting to know you all. God bless!

 

Chris

 

Chaplaincy

Here at St Thomas More, we strive to put faith at the heart of everything we do. Helping us to achieve this is our school chaplaincy team!

 

The team is made up of students from across all our year groups who come together to help organise our masses, prayer services as well as our fundraising and calendar events.

 

Leading the chaplaincy team is our Chaplaincy Council. 11 students, appointed by their peers who take a lead in the organisation of the chaplaincy team and all our activities.

 

Our Chaplaincy Council for 2019-2020 is as follows

Captain – Elliot Y11

Vice Captain – Anthony Y10

Fundraising Co-Ordinator – Alex Y11

Community Co-Ordinator – Jakob Y9

Tech & Media Co-Ordinator – Thomas Y9

Francis Representatives – Luke (Y8) & Francesca (Y7)

Columba Representatives – Eliza (Y8) & Saffy (Y8)

Bede Representatives – Lewis (Y9) & Toby (Y9)

 

Chapel

Coming very soon is our new chapel at St Thomas More!

Keep an eye out for updates and descriptions of all our chapel's lovely features!
 


FLAME 2019

 

 

 

 
 

"On Saturday 7th March, 6 young people, past and present pupils from St Thomas More School, travelled down to Wembley Arena as part of the Nottingham Diocese group attending a Catholic youth event; Flame 2. The Diocese alone took over 200 young people from various schools and parishes from Scunthorpe, Derby, Nottingham, Belper, Buxton and many other areas within the diocesan border.Over 8,000 young people from around the country attended Flame 2 and enjoyed a fantastic day full of live worship music from Grammy award winning musician, Matt Redman, as well as inspiring talks from various guest speakers. Undoubtedly, Cardinal Louis Tagle was a crowd favourite, encouraging young people to see the joy and mercy within the Gospel, bringing warmth and humour with his words and even getting everyone to text Bible Scripture to family and friends!The day was brought to a close, finishing in fantastic fashion; as a mass of Robin Hood hats surged into the aisles and members of our group starting an enormous flash mob during the final song Matt Redman performed showing that we truly are a 'Dancing Generation'."

 
See the  "St Anne's Parish CYMFED Flame 2 Event"    Video clip link  < Here >
 

"Photo/Video Credit: Catholic Youth Work Website, Catholic Church Flickr, and CYMFED.org.uk/flame2"

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On Tuesday 24th February, The Briars Team came to St Thomas More. Members of the school's chaplaincy team were part of a fun-filled day which included music, liturgy, team building and faith development. The students took part in all of the activities with enthusiasm and the day was well received by the chaplaincy team. Check out the video for a glimpse at what happened during the day and who was involved!
 
 
"On Tuesday 3rd February, The Briars Outreach Event, 'Cannons' came to St Anne's church for an evening of music, prayer and pizza! The event was well attended by approximately 30 young people from our school, who enjoyed an evening in church accompanied by guest speaker Jon Cornwall. Jon delivered a humorous and engaging discussion about 'Faith in the Modern World', involving our young people in a 'Blockbusters' style game and choosing his points based on what our young people selected. Live music was provided by The Briars Team supported by members of other volunteer teams from Birmingham Archdiocese and Savio House, Bollington. The event continued in the parish centre adjacent to St Anne's church, where our young people had the opportunity to socialise with one another and enjoy a slice of pizza! As a result from 'Cannons', our young people have gained enthusiasm for sharing their faith which has increased considerably, with new members joining the chaplaincy team and attending the Flame 2 event in March."
 

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16th December 2014, Christmas Community Event
On Tuesday afternoon, St Thomas More hosted a Christmas Community Singalong event for parishioners and members of Queen's Court Day Centre, organised by our school musicians and chaplaincy team. The event featured plenty of festive spirit and music accompanied by warm drinks and snacks and even included an impromptu Grease performance which was enjoyed by all!
 
Fundraising in 2014
In the first term at St Thomas More, fundraising began in Harvest time, with our students in the chaplaincy team encouraging the school community to think about the message and meaning of this festival. 
 
 
Everyone was encouraged to bring in tinned food for local charity, Nightstop who tackle food poverty in the High Peak area. 
In December, the chaplaincy team encouraged fundraising for Samaritan's Purse by bringing in shoeboxes filled with gifts for children for the charity's campaign: Operation Christmas Child which focuses on bringing the joy of Christmas to children around the world.
 
http://www.stannes.gbr.cc/ - Link to St Anne's Church website. The parish of St Anne's supports both St Anne's Catholic Primary School and St Thomas More. Regular Masses are serviced by the parish priest of St Anne's Church and our students are linked with the parish through participation in the Sacrament of Confirmation which is held annually in the church. An outreach Youth Event; 'Cannons', is brought to St Anne's church on a termly basis by the outreach team from The Briars and our young people regularly attend the event in high numbers, enjoying an evening of music, prayer and pizza with their friends.
http://www.st-annesrc.co.uk/ - Link to St Anne's Catholic Primary School website. St Anne's a feeder school into St Thomas More.
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iQrsrHzJKk -  Video link. This is the first of the parish's Confirmation session videos. The video provides an insight into the session including feedback from our candidates and young catechists who are students at the school.

 http://www.nottingham-diocesan-centre.org.uk/ - Link to Nottingham Diocese. St Thomas More School, St Anne's School and St Anne's parish are all part of the Nottingham Diocese and our school use their youth service annually when Year 9s stay at The Briars Catholic Youth Retreat Centre.
 
Many thanks to all for the support so far !
Sophie Etchells   -    Chaplain Volunteer

St Thomas More Catholic School, Palace Fields, Buxton, SK17 6AF

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