Education Chaplaincy conference - book your place here!

As part of the work the Free Churches Group have been doing over the last few years, we have been keen to develop stronger links and networks to support chaplains working in education (across the schools, FE, university sectors). 

Chaplaincy Central are gathering for a conference in June. Might you be interested? Please also feel free to share this with leaders and workers in your church network. To book your place, click HERE. 

The Chaplaincy Central team writes: "On 20th June 2018, we will gather together at the Life community Church, Birmingham, for our second Chaplaincy Central conference. The focus of the day is ‘thriving not surviving’, and each seminar and workshop focuses on how we as Chaplains (whether voluntary or paid, full or part-time) and our school communities can thrive despite the challenges we may face. The day will be packed full of seminars and practical workshops, exploring themes such as ‘Responding to Tragedy’, ‘Mental Health’ and ‘Chaplaincy on a shoestring' plus many more! Whether you are a primary, secondary or FE Chaplain, there is something for everyone! We will be joined by a number of national organisations who will be available throughout the day there to share expertise and there will be a number of resources available for you to purchase on the day. It promises to be a fantastic day that encourages and equips. We hope to see you there!"

If you are thinking and praying about setting up a chaplaincy team in your church to serve in your local educational settings, you can find out more information on why it matters and how to get started on the Chaplaincy Central website

A Message To All This Easter


Easter is one of those special times during the year, when despite the confusion in our world and the complexities of life, we remember Jesus Christ and His perfect sacrifice with a sense of purpose and hope. We celebrate with hearts of thankfulness the offer of forgiveness and reconciliation, to those who believe in him.

There are many challenges facing our world but the preaching of the Gospel remains, and forever will be, the answer to the needs of humanity. We must never shy away from that truth. Luke reminds us that “...the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (St Luke 19:10)

Jesus' mission is to save the lost and that is the message of hope we preach to a world desperately seeking answers to the hatred and divisions that plague nations and communities. The Church must remain committed to Jesus' ministry of reconciliation. It is possible through Christ for humanity to be reconciled to God and each other.

2 Corinthians 5:17-19 speaks directly to the Church about this ministry to which we must be engaged. Verse 19 reads, “that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”

Let’s share that good news with confidence and may the peace of God fill your hearts this Easter season.

Every blessings,

Revd Paul Rochester.
(General Secretary of the Free Churches Group)