Himley Road Methodist ChurchHimley Road Methodist Church
Zoar Methodist ChurchZoar Methodist Church
Lake Street Methodist ChurchLake Street Methodist Church
Upper Gornal Methodist ChurchUpper Gornal Methodist Church
Five Ways Methodist ChurchFive Ways Methodist Church

Our Role

The Chaplains are local church leaders who are in school on a rota basis each weekday at lunchtime. We are available to all students and staff (and their families). Our primary purpose is to be "a listener" or a sounding board for them. So we get to share the joys and sorrows which they bring to us. We give advice, where appropriate, based on our own life experience and walk of faith, together with our Biblical knowledge. We often pray with those who come to talk with us.

We get to lead School Assemblies - often to coincide with and highlighting the major Christian festivals. We are also invited to bring a christian perspective into some of the general curriculum subjects including History, English and RE. Some of the team are regularly welcomed into discussion sessions with the 6th Form Students.

One exciting development is that the School Chaplains are currently producing "Good Morning Ellowes" a video two minute 'Thought for the Day' for every day of the school term. This is 'broadcast' into each tutor group at the start of every school day via the school intranet.!
Tim Downes

Bill Caldwell

Bill is "the senior chaplain" - that just means he's been there the longest! It's got nothing to do with his age (honest!). He was one of the first team of chaplains, local church leaders, invited into Ellowes by the then head teacher in 1996. He continues to be excited by the challenges and opportunities which the Chaplaincy presents. Bill is also a school Governor at Ellowes and a Board member of the Invictus Academy Trust.

Geoff Donnison

Geoff's listening skills and his wise counsel has enabled him to develop a good rapport with the young people. His straightforward approach and his own family experience enables him to be on "their wavelength". He is much appreciated.

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