Chaplaincy at Donvale
One of the services Donvale Christian College offers students, as part of its overall welfare program, is that of chaplaincy. We are blessed to have two very capable and passionate people who share the role: Nat Ayton and Julie Wells.
Nat and Julie, through the chaplaincy program, enrich the faith life of our students in a number of ways. When enrolling at Donvale, families enter into a partnership that is based on Christian education. So while participation in Chaplaincy events is not compulsory for students, the following examples of Chaplaincy activities arise from the agreed partnership between home and school.
At various times, there are a range of lunchtime groups that function each year where students are able to meet with the chaplains to discuss issues of life and faith. Our chaplains also oversee various bible study groups and prayer groups. They organise for guest speakers to come to the school, the 40hr Famine and they mentor the college Community Captains. And this is just a snapshot of what they do!
We are pleased that, in 2012, Nat and Julie will continue in their chaplaincy roles, alongside their regular teaching commitments.
A Profile of our Chaplains
For me ‘recreation’ is a vital part of God’s goodness to us. I enjoy being in the fresh air, in fact I sleep with my bedroom window wide open all year round. I find cooking, reading, mountain biking and something creative, all a vital part of God re-creating me. I am constantly inspired and encouraged by followers of Jesus who ‘follow’ Jesus ….. people who follow Jesus with a whole heart. This too is one of the joys of Chaplaincy. Chaplaincy is both a privilege and a challenge; A privilege to be involved in the formation of people’s faith and a challenge to ensure that I too am experiencing transformation through God’s Spirit.
My wife, Jenny, and I are the proud parents of Carly (2 years old) and together we love to go for walks in our local park and play cubby houses with an old sheet and a couple of chairs. As one of the Chaplains of this College, I have the privilege and honor to engage with lots of different people on an area that I am most passionate about - informing, shaping and translating faith into our everyday life. I am constantly amazed and inspired by the journey that young people travel on as they try and figure out how their part of following in the way of the cross fits in with the larger story of the Kingdom.
Information about the Chaplaincy Program
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the chaplaincy program, please feel free to contact one of the members of the Chaplaincy team.
The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.
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