Chaplaincy in Education Conference – Resources for Spiritual Development [u]

Today I have been taking part in the Chaplaincy in Education day conference. Among other things I’ve been working alongside Rachel Warwick in a session looking at Resources for Spiritual Development.

The following is a list of web sites and a reading list, principally for those who came to our session though I expect and hope it will be a great stepping off point for others. It obviously can’t be exhaustive, but if you think there’s anything vital missing do let me know.

Resources for creative prayer and worship – Rachel’s blog of all sorts of videos, images and other stuff for stimulating worship, prayer or spiritual development. A bit of a treasure mine.

PrayerSpacesinSchools –  Lots of prayer space stories and downloadable resources, many of which can be adapted for other settings.

The Stapleford Centre – an independent Christian education charity, working across the UK, that supports, nurtures and shapes Christian engagement in education. They have produced a wide range of resources and articles which are available through the web site.

Dare2Engage – spiritual development resources for 16 – 19 year olds including ‘Breathe‘ and ‘Rage, Hope & Despair’.

SMSC Online – resources for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development.

Jonny Baker – One of this country’s top bloggers on the emerging church and pioneer mission, combining thoughtful reflection with news and links to many others in this field. Look for “Worship Tricks”, prayer and worship ideas collated by Jonny over many years.

Proost – a wealth of quality multimedia resources created to inspire faith. 12 months of unlimited downloads for just £60. – A project of Campus Crusade for Christ in the USA using pictures as a way of inspiring spiritual conversations or reflection. The web site is, of course, based on a specific set of cards, but the idea is easily transferrable.

re:jesus – An awesome collection of creative ideas around spirituality and exploration of the Christian faith

Embody – inspiration, coaching, projects and resources. There’s so much creativity here you have to go see. Especially if you want an “Aha!” moment.

Labyrinth – one of the best contemporary re-imaginings of a traditional spiritual ritual, this is an idea that has stood the test of time and the resources are available through the web site.

Take what you need – a simple but powerful spiritual development idea from academy chaplain. We’ve used this around the sixth form college.

NATRE – Spirited Arts – A project from the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education that links art with spiritual or religious themes.

Paediatric Chaplaincy Network – resources for children, young people, families and staff facing illness or bereavement. This includes books such as the ‘Held in Hope’ series. Jesus still loves Joe is about a child whose sister has died, exploring a young child’s experience of being a bereaved sibling and how important it is for such children to know that God loves them no matter how they feel.

God Venture – creative ideas for children and families around the Bible, prayer and the seasons.

Godly Play – a well developed approach to spiritual development and Christian nurture that can be adapted to work with all ages. There’s lots of detail on the web site, including info about training courses for running Godly Play.

Philosophy4children – gives children and young people questioning skills and the joy of discussing and discovering ideas.

Number Fun – songs as a fun-filled and interactive tool in the teaching of Primary Mathematics from Dave Godfrey, an experienced teacher and former schools worker (and Colchester United fan!!)

Culham Institute – Collective Worship Links.

Farmington Institute – A trust founded to support, encourage and improve Religious Education in schools, colleges and universities which offers fellowships to teachers. Reports on a range of subjects are available to read on the web site.

CMS Shop – check out The Christ we Share. In our seminar we spoke about the benefit and riches of bringing a multi-cultural perspective to young people’s understanding of Christianity and prayer. This resource uses images of Christ from around the world to aid learning about different world theologies and the exploration of our own understanding of Jesus.


Spiritual development – David Smith
Children’s Spirituality – Rebecca Nye
REthinking – Margaret Cooling
Living values – Shahne Vickery
A Good Childhood – Richard Layard
It’s about who you become – James Arthur (report)
Sense making faith – Anne Richards
The Faith of Generation Y – Collins-Mayo, Mayo, Nash
Helping Teenagers To Pray – Mark Yaconelli
God 360 – Andy Flannagan
Imaginative Prayer for Youth Ministry – Jeannie Oestreicher and Larry Warner

[Post updated 1 March 20:25 with additional links]

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3 Responses to Chaplaincy in Education Conference – Resources for Spiritual Development [u]

  1. Erik Cornelisse says:

    thanks for sharing (calm jar link not working though)

  2. Tim Abbott says:

    Erik – thanks for checking in and for the heads up about the link. Now fixed.
    Thanks, Tim

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