An intentional presence
“Being chaplain to Newton Flotman Church of England Primary Academy is a rich and varied role which brings me much joy,” says the Revd Coryn Stanforth.
“I am available to both children and staff and can sometimes be found at lunchtimes surrounded by a group of children all eager to answer the question of the week. On other occasions I am approached by an individual child who wants to tell me about a particular joy they have experienced or something which is making them sad.
“I also spend time in the staff room. Sometimes I provide cake for the staff, but I am also there to listen. As a former teacher, I understand that there are many challenges for the staff and teaching can be an all-consuming job. I enjoy leading collective worship and services for the main Christian festivals. However, I see my main role as chaplain focusing on intentional hanging around and being ready to listen.”
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Hope Into Action
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