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Edwardstown, SA, 5039

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2018 Newsletter Edition 1

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK

Kerryn Coombs

Gap Fillers and Bridge Builders

School Chaplains fill the gap between loneliness and isolation from family breakdown or school bullying...and community connectedness and care. Between what teachers want to give pastorally to students...and what they can actually deliver in the time available. Between formal counselling sessions with the School Counsellor or Psychologist. Between the silence of being ignored or overlooked...and being heard, uninterrupted, for more than 60 seconds. Between what we say to our young people about character and values...and what we do and model to them.

School Chaplains provide little gap fillers (a smile, an encouraging word, an opportunity provided) and big gap fillers (a soft place to fall in tragedy, a caring church community’s resources, ongoing support through some critical school years).

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School Chaplains provide little gap fillers (a smile, an encouraging word, an opportunity provided) and big gap fillers (a soft place to fall in tragedy, a caring church community’s resources, ongoing support through some critical school years). School Chaplains are in demand by schools. More schools want the service than can be supplied. Schools want them for more hours. Some school leaders say that School Chaplains “add soul to our school”.

The former Prime Minister John Howard (who initiated the NSCP program funding 10 years ago), recently said, “…clearly the driving force behind this program and its great success has been the spiritual commitment of individuals.”

On 8 May this year the Federal government will announce whether it will continue funding for the NSCP. Please pray for this vital service to be funded again.

Who will fill the gaps and build the bridges if there is no funding for School Chaplains? What can you do or give to support and fund the gap fillers? 

Angela