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Thursday, 12 July 2018 23:13

Upcoming event

Andy Simpson of CVEScotland is one of the speakers at a wide-ranging training day in Inverness called Grow on Saturday 8th September. All the details of this event, including the full range of workshops being offered is on the website 


Friday, 29 June 2018 10:15

CVE Scotland Blog: #GreatReads

#GreatReads - our latest blog

The holidays have started! -- Well, at least for those of us who work in schools. Time to kick back and read some “Christian Fiction”? But what is “Christian Fiction” anyway? Does it make you smile or cringe – or both? Richard Coton expresses some forthright views: read #Great Reads - our latest blog, then tell us what you think…..

nov 6 2018
And don’t forget to follow CVE Scotland's Facebook page (and Twitter feed). We’ll be posting suggestions for your holiday reading throughout July. Detective novels, historical fiction, autobiography, science fiction, romance -- we'll cover it all.

Why not Comment to add your own suggestions too?

CVE Scotland has just appointed Rev Steve Younger to provide training, networking and resources for school chaplains right across Scotland.

"We are really excited about this major new project," explains Richard Coton (CVE Scotland national secretary). "There's a lot of really good practice spread across the country, and there's no shortage of school chaplains who really want to make a difference but just don't know what is going on elsewhere. At the moment, incredibly, no one knows who all the chaplains are -- they've got no way of contacting each other. This is the perfect opportunity to bring people together, share a lot of good ideas and provide lots of new resources."

Steve Younger has b described by Education Scotland as the country's greatest expert on chaplaincy in nondenominational schools. He won't be working alone, of course: he will be supported by a Working Group of people drawn from a variety of school backgrounds and from across the denominations.

May 17th gave a taste of what is to come, when Steve met for a whole day with 45 school staff and 25 school chaplains in the Borders. This inspiring day conference was organised by Presbytery of Melrose and Peebles in partnership with Scottish Borders Council.

Detailed planning starts for the Chaplaincy Development Project in early June, with network meetings scheduled from the autumn onwards. It was revealed at the CVE Scotland vision and fundraising dinner in May that we hope to run this project for at least five years!

Monday, 28 May 2018 16:09

Vision & Fundraising Dinner
Our Vision and Fundraising Dinner at Houston House Hotel on Saturday May 26thwas a huge success. Over 70 of us enjoyed a relaxed evening of food, fellowship and learning about the vision and work of CVEScotland. No-one was in a hurry to go home at the end! Bathgate led proceedings; there were video clips of a variety of people endorsing our work, Richard Coton interviewed Jeremy Balfour MSP who encouraged us to continue to be involved in schools today.  

Megan Patterson highlighted the needs of teachers, chaplains, parents and children in our land before Andy made the appeal for financial and prayerful support. were renewed, links were forged, new friendships made and a total of £5300 was raised for which we are very grateful.

Monday, 28 May 2018 15:42

Equipping Schools in the Borders
On the same day as the Science, God and the search for truth conference in Coatbridge (17th May) another event took place in Melrose. The Presbytery of Melrose and Peebles in partnership with Scottish Borders Council held a day conference at Tweed Horizons Business Centre in St. Boswells on School Chaplaincy. This was as part of the 'Year of Young People'.

Scottish Borders Council has 9 non-denominational Secondary Schools and over 60 Primary schools. A significant proportion of them were represented at this Day conference: roughly 45 school staff and 25 school chaplains attended. Ian Topping, Religious Representative on Scottish Borders Council, chaired the meeting and CVE trustee Steve Younger addressed the conference, sharing the findings of recent research on 'Time for Reflection' in our schoools. Angie Lockhart, Deputy Head of Calderside Academy in Blantyre also took part, outlining some of the activities the Academy's chaplains provide in support of the school. Marjorie Paton (Vice-Convenor of the Church of Scotland Education Committee) and Agnes Mullen (Church of Scotland) spoke on the Church's recent publication of a new Handbook of Guidance for School Chaplains. Delegates considered seven key questions related to school chaplaincy and brought examples of good practice to share together.

Every delegate was also provided with copies of the Church of Scotland Handbook, full conference notes, and a box and booklet of exercises in reflective spirituality linked to Curriculum for Excellence.

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