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Chaplaincy at Canterbury Christ Church

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. (Galatians 4:4-5)

If God exists, and I write as one who believes God does, then God must be utterly different from us. Yes, I know that according to the Book of Genesis in the Bible we humans are ‘made in the image and likeness of God’, yet if God is the source of all things then God…
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“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us) – Matthew 1:23

As we’re drawing closer to Christmas, it’s beginning to look more and more like this year, yet again, won’t be the ‘normal’ Christmas we were hoping for. The majority of us will have started working from home again this week following new government guidance and wondering just where we’re heading with this new variant. It…
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Luke 2:11

The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide As I ponder this week’s readings, collects, hymns and prayers I am once again getting ready to be displaced, like so many of us over the last few years, who have found themselves detached…
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Advent 1.

This week’s verse comes from the Prophet Isaiah, from those great verses that foreshadow the coming of Christ ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,    make straight in the desert a highway for our God……’ Strangely this is one of my favourite verses in the Bible. It is a verse that is always…
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The Importance of Remembrance.

Dr Martin Watts. School of Humanities and Educational Studies. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th Month in 1918, the guns fell silent as an Armistice was declared that ended the immediate sacrifice and slaughter of the First World War. This was also known as the Great War, up to then…
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Week 5: Faith and Trust #leaner4lent by Pete Joyce

As I sit in a deserted Chapel, on a nearly deserted campus, on the anniversary of the first lockdown writing this, how much has changed, in the life of the university and the world, is foremost in my mind. During the last twelve months, personally, as a family, we have lost ten people to the…
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Week 4: Respect and Motivate #leaner4lent by Alanna-Jayne Williams

Hey, I am Alanna-Jayne, one of your Lay Chaplains here at the Canterbury campus of Christ Church. During Lent our campaign that we’ve been promoting has been #leaner4lent. A catchy little slogan that encompasses so much more that can be covered in any 5 minute video or blog that we try to achieve each week.…
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Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday a.k.a Pancake Day Fattening versus fasting This year as we enter Lent, the Chaplaincy team are promoting the idea of ‘Leaner for Lent’ what that looks like in practice will become clear. Do check out our social media accounts today, tomorrow and throughout Lent to find out what we’re up to.  Shrove Tuesday…
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Day 5 of meet you Chaplains: Dave Stroud- Senior Chaplain

How long have you been a Chaplain? I have been a Chaplain here at Canterbury Christ Church University for almost thirteen years now. Starting as I did in March 2008, but my relationship with the institution predates that! I was both an undergrad and postgrad here back in the 90’s, although my theology degree comes…
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Day 4 of meet your Chaplains: Alanna-Jayne Williams, Lay Chaplain

How long have you been a Chaplain? I’ve been a Lay Chaplain at CCCU since September 2018, initially my first year was part time, and now I’ve been full time for the last year and a half and my contract comes to an end in August this year. What did you study before becoming a…
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