The latest news from the Dean's Office and Chaplaincy Team:
***As things stand, the Dean's Office & Chaplaincy is working remotely, but is available via email. Chaplaincies, Chapels and Prayer Rooms are closed and all on-site services and events are suspended until further notice - however, the Chaplaincy is still active and you can find out more about what the Chaplaincy is doing during lockdown here. You can find information relating to Ramadan and Shavuot here. Please note the current advice from King's re Coronavirus***
Our annual Act of Remembrance ceremony took place at the Guy's Memorial Arch on Monday 11 November 2019. A large crowd gathered at 10h45 to hear the Revd Jim Craig, Chaplain to the Guy's Campus, deliver a short introduction before prayers were said by Laurence Jasper, Roman Catholic Lay Chaplain.
During the anthem sung by the Guy's Chapel Choir, three wreaths were laid at the Memorial Arch - one by the President & Principal, Professor Edward Byrne AC; another by the Provost/Senior Vice President (Health), Professor Sir Robert Lechler; and the last by a member of the Choir.
Jim then led all in a bidding prayer before The Last Post was sounded. The Silence followed and ended with Revaille. The crowd then all committed to a Peace Pledge before the ceremony was brought to a close.
- New Lutheran Chaplain - Revd Sarah Farrow
The Rev'd Sarah Farrow has joined the Chaplaincy Team as Lutheran Chaplain. She will usually be at King's on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month during term time.
Sarah was ordained in 2016 into the Lutheran Church in Great Britain and is an Assistant Minister at St Anne's Lutheran Church. She is based at the International Lutheran Student Centre where she is student chaplain to its 80 residents from around the world, of all faiths and philosophies.
You can find out more about Sarah here.
- Chaplaincy Fair Trade Chocolate Hamper Competition Winners!
During the course of Welcome Week, students were asked to answer the question, "I would make the world a better place by...?" in the hope of winning a Fair Trade Chocolate Hamper, courtesy of the Chaplaincy.
The College Chaplain and Acting Dean, the Revd Tim Ditchfield FKC, read out some of the student replies during the Opening of Year service on Wednesday 25 September 2019, and announced the two winners - Catriona Gibbs, Global Health (left photo) and Eva Grotheer, Law (right photo).
Catriona's answer was: I would make the world a better place by - "trying to cultivate an environment in which everyone truly listens to each other, no matter how different their views, and where calm debate is more possible".
Eva's answer was: I would make the world a better place by - "taking care of the people around me".
Congratulations to them both!
- New Roman Catholic Chaplain - Fr Thomas Skeats
Fr Thomas Skeats has joined the Chaplaincy Team as Roman Catholic Chaplain.
He is a member of the Order of Preachers - also known as ‘Dominicans’ or ‘Blackfriars’ - a religious order founded by St Dominic in 1216 for preaching and the salvation of souls. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2010.
Fr Thomas has previous Higher Education experience as Chaplain to Imperial College.
You can find out more about Fr Thomas here.
- Faith in Action - Making space for students to meet
In a video for Faith in Action on the Church of England website, Anna Beaven, a dental student at King's College London, explains how the Chaplaincy at Guy's Campus brings students together. Revd Jim Craig, who runs the campus Chaplaincy, looks at engaging students of all faiths and none in creative ways.
Anna also talks about how the Guy's Chapel is a peaceful space that she knows is open for her at any time of the day.
You can watch the video here.