Clubs and Societies

There’s always a lot going on in the Chaplaincy, from the frantic planning of Spirituality Days, to weekly after school clubs, not to mention the 30 or so students who pop in to say hello during break and lunch every day.

There are a number of clubs which come out of the chaplaincy. On Thursdays at lunch time we have the Senior Christian Union. Here, time is set aside for our older young people to expand their knowledge of God and faith, and to study the bible in a little depth. Also after school on Thursday we hold Junior Christian Union; a fun time of sharing and learning what it is to be a Christian in the world today.

Molly, one of the girls who comes to the Senior C.U. said that is was, “a great place to share what it is like living as a Christian in school. It’s a blessing to pray and read the Bible with the others.” All in Years 10-13 are welcome to come to Senior C.U. in RE1 at 12:25, with Junior C.U. taking place in the chaplaincy for all other year groups at 15:15. Last year we focussed on challenging passages which came to light from ‘The bible in one year’. However this year, the students are keen to run their own sessions, often addressing difficult economic and social issues, but from a Christian perspective.

Wednesday lunch is time for “The Big Issue,” which is a group specifically for sixth formers, and enables them to come and discuss anything and everything over home-made cakes from those who are talented bakers!

Every Friday lunch time, we have “Music Friday,” with our very own DJ. This often draws in a big crowd with the latest hits in the chart, as well as songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s! It’s actually very relaxed and not all that loud but we do have the occasional Year 7 unable to stop themselves from dancing.

Every other week on a Friday after school we host “Friday Film” where members of lower school start their weekend by watching a film, which can range from Sister Act to Finding Dory!

It was a real highlight to have the Archbishop of York visit recently as part of our 150th Anniversary Celebrations when we held an open air communion service for 2000 people! Unfortunately this day was the only day in September when it rained, but after many prayers (and stress!) the rain held off for our two hour service! Laura Woodhouse, Chaplaincy scholar at the time called it “the best example of a true worshipping community I have ever seen”, and we really felt like the ‘Ripley family’ meant something that day.

For 3 years now we have enjoyed running numerous Youth Alpha courses, which have given our Year 9 pupils the opportunity to explore how everyday life can be interwoven with the Christian faith. We run these 10 week courses with Year 9 during form worship time, aiming to give our students the opportunity to discuss, ask questions and work through their own ideas of the Christian faith and how this affects them. There is also a chance for our students in Year 7 to engage with this material as delivered by some of our Year 11 girls. Last year a small group of 6th form students ran a fantastic Youth Alpha course for their peers during enrichment time, which was really well planned and equally well received. One of the participants said it was “one of the best things I did in school.”

Members of the Chaplaincy are very much looking forward to going on a weekend away which is being organised for the summer term. This is an annual trip where we’re able to share in a weekend of fun, fellowship and Jesus chat.

Pastoral Care and The Chat Room

Pastoral care is a big part of what we do in the chaplaincy with the chat room in daily use. We really value being part of the Ripley family and key to that is, of course, being able to support each other. Therefore, if you have a prayer request, or any issue that you need to talk about, then our door is always open to provide a friendly listening ear and a helping hand.

Prayer boxes sit at the back of chapel and in the Phythian Hall. Paper is required and the contents are prayed for daily; please do make use