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New Chaplaincy service at Leek and Buxton College

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: December 29, 2013

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A NEW chaplaincy service has been set up at the Leek campus of Buxton and Leek College to offer support and care for over 1,000 students and staff members.

Three new faces, Paul Sherwin, Cate Hall and Jane Watson will be at the Stockwell Street campus each Tuesday between 9.30am and noon in the college canteen – known as the Snack Shack – but are prepared to meet students and staff outside of these hours by arrangement.

The trio of chaplains made their public debut on Armistice Day when they led the annual service of remembrance to honour the fallen.

All three chaplains are part of Synapse – a youth project founded by Leek's churches to work with the town's middle and high schools. They are based in the office of St Luke's Church, in Fountain Street and run by a committee of trustees. Every week, the chaplains will pray for students and staff with prayer request cards available on campus. But they insist that they are there for everyone, whether or not they believe in God.

Paul said: "We want to encourage students to think about the spiritual side of life and, at the same time, raise the profile of social action. We have already helped Leek's new food bank through a harvest festival appeal and we are aiming to help another local charity through fund raisers such as a Christmas quiz."

College students and staff can contact the chaplains by e-mail: jane@synapseyouth.co.uk, cate@synapseyouth.co.uk and paul@synapseyouth.co.uk or they can catch up with them over coffee in the Snack Shack any Tuesday or Wednesday morning.

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