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From the Chaplain

Welcome to The Chaplains Corner!

 Rev Dominic Hubbuck

My role at the Federation involves supporting the spiritual input, faith development and the pastoral care of everyone in the school community.

My background before being ordained was working with children, young people and families. It has often included play, creating safe spaces for families and supporting people to explore faith as they do life.’

May 2020

  • It's ok to be Messy...

    Published 22/05/20

    We are I don’t know how many weeks into Lockdown and things feel a bit messy.

    The house is not looking its best. The garden should be looking better. And I’m not looking very tidy either.

    The next few weeks are feeling messy too.

    Some are still to stay at home, some are to go to work, and classrooms are feeling messy because the no-one is quite sure what’s happening next.

    But I need to remind myself that Messy is not all that bad. 

    God works with Messy and if He can then I can try that too.

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  • Thy Kingdom Come...

    Published 21/05/20

    Thy Kingdom Come is a global call to prayer by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York between Ascension (today) and Pentecost (May 31st).

    From Now until Pentecost in 10 days time churches around the world are praying for all people. 

    You can find more information at:

    This year the Key Themes are Prayer and Care: Care for those we are praying for, pray for those we are caring for.

    If you would like to take part – here is some information about how:


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  • You will receive power...

    Published 21/05/20

    Today is the Feast of the Ascension – consider that – permission to celebrate and feast...

    Today is Ascension, the day we remember forty days after Jesus’ resurrection when we celebrate that Jesus is lifted into Heaven in front of His disciples.

    Ascension is also 10 days before we celebrate the birth of the Church, the arrival of the Holy Spirit – Pentecost.

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  • Big Love...

    Published 20/05/20

    We are in the middle of Mental Health Awareness Week. Maybe you’ve seen some posts, reminders and emails about it.

    This year the theme is Kindness Matters and I have included the link to the page where you get some really good ideas about being kind to yourself and kind to others.

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  • To be Restored...

    Published 19/05/20

    ‘For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for you to prosper and not for harm, to give you a future and a hope.’ Jeremiah 29:11

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  • He will guide our feet...

    Published 18/05/20

    Do you have a song that sets you up for the day?

    Something that reminds you of your strength and you ability to take on whatever the day has to hold for you?

    Does it get your heart pumping, your mind focussed on what you are going to do today?

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  • Will you mask your faith...

    Published 15/05/20

    Last week I taught my children how to work the sewing machine.

    An 8, 12 and almost 15 year old, a sharp needle and an accelerator pedal. What could go wrong?

    It’s my pride and joy – we got given it as a wedding present - and when I got it out and dusted it off, I was beaming and excited to get sewing again.

    We all made masks for ourselves as a practice for making more. Maybe for others. A life skill shared (sewing) and a passion passed on.

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  • In Fellowship...

    Published 14/05/20

    Awe came upon everyone, because of the many wonders and signs being done by the Apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common.

    This is two verses from the book of Acts, in the early days of the believers gathering together and forming what we would call churches. It speaks of fellowship and partnership. It speaks of everyone having a part to play, everyone being together – in Spirit if not in person. And it strikes me now as vital to the way we journey forward in difficult and uncertain days ahead.

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  • The Fruits of your Labours...

    Published 13/05/20

    Halfway through your week and sometimes you wonder what you have actually managed to achieve.

    It gets to Wednesday sometimes and you think of all the work you need to finish by the end of the week and wince.

    And by Friday you hope to have completed your ‘to-do’ list, now able to sit back and smile at a week well worked.

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  • Give yourself a great big hug...

    Published 12/05/20

    Today is going to feel a bit like this I think. I wonder whether yours will too.

    One of our daughters came down and started the day wrapped in a warm blanket and watched a DVD from when she was very small.

    One of our sons came and asked for hug.

    And I am sitting eating a toasted teacake for breakfast.

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  • Keep Alert, Stand Firm in Your Faith...

    Published 11/05/20

    There are a lot of people this morning worried about the words of the Prime Minister yesterday and what it all means.

    He used the phrase Stay Alert like we haven’t been all along and the questions that formed as possible conditional solutions were offered became more and more as the time went on. And what we wanted was clarity and what we got was far from it.

    You may have heard me quote American Author Brené Brown – ‘Clear is kind; Unclear is unkind.’

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  • They started the day before...

    Published 07/05/20

    It was Monday May the seventh when the news went out.

    Hitler had been dead a week and the Russian troops had finished fighting in Berlin.

    The news went out that peace papers had been signed and the war in Europe had ended.

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May 2020