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Bishop appoints school children as chaplains

by Lydia Davies

The Church in Wales, which is composed of six dioceses, has selected seven pupils from a Haverfordwest school to serve as chaplains, marking a first for the diocese of St Davids. 

The students, from Years 5 and 6 at St Aidan's Church in Wales VA School, were officially commissioned during a ceremony at St Mary's Church.

Rt Rev Dorrien Davies expressed his pride in the initiative, presenting the new chaplains with school chaplain hoodies and encouraging them to emulate Jesus' example.

The selection process involved applications from the pupils, reviewed by the school vicar, Rev Sophie Whitmarsh. She aims for the Pupil Chaplaincy team to enhance pastoral care and engage with community and social justice issues.

Rev Whitmarsh told The Western Telegraph: “It is my hope that by establishing a Pupil Chaplaincy team, the school will be able to continue and deepen its already excellent pastoral care and open up opportunities for the children to engage with the wider community and social justice issues.”

Following the service, Bishop Dorrien visited classrooms to interact with students and participate in lessons.

The appointed chaplains will lead worship sessions, promote a prayer culture, establish prayer stations, offer peer support, and strengthen connections with local parish churches.

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