The Thistle - An E-Newsletter of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia

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It is often assumed that chaplaincy is a service provided only for the boys at Scotch College and while Reverend Gary and I do spend most of our time in student-related activities, we are also here to serve the staff, parents and other members of the wider Scotch community. In fact, we minister to a very large faith community which includes all past and present Scotch boys and their families.

In addition to leading worship, providing pastoral care, teaching and a variety of other daily activities, the chaplaincy team also ministers to parents. Most commonly, we have contact with parents at social gatherings and assemblies, and formal events such as baptisms, weddings and funerals. Occasionally, we are called on to support families experiencing grief, sickness and loss, and sometimes we provide counselling and spiritual guidance. These services are an important part of any school ministry.

However, the chaplaincy team would like to do more. We would like to have regular contact with parents and grandparents and we would like to provide more opportunities for them to be an active part of our faith community. Gary and I have had a few ideas, including:

  • Chapel services for parents or to which parents are invited
  • Spiritual retreat days, and
  • Bible study groups – including a bible study group for mothers and grandmothers.

If you are interested in any of these activities or you have your own ideas to extend the chaplaincy to parents and grandparents, please contact us (Revd Justine Wall; Revd Gary van Heerden We would very much value your feedback and suggestions.