Spiritual Life

Chaplaincy Provision

Painsley has outstanding Chaplaincy provision with a dedicated lay chaplain in addition to our College chaplain. The chaplaincy team facilitate many liturgical and spiritual opportunities for all students. The College chapel is at the heart of all we do and is open for all during the College day.

Chaplaincy Crew and Chaplaincy Leaders

Students from Year 7-10 are Chaplaincy Crew

Students from Year 11-13 are Chaplaincy Leaders

Role of the Chaplaincy Crew and Leaders

The chaplaincy crew and leaders are the spiritual voice of the young people in our college. Everyone has their own role; you can take part in the liturgical life of the college by organising the liturgies, reading, serving, singing in the choir or even do a bit of acting.

Chaplaincy Crew Meetings

We meet every Tuesday lunch-time where we undertake chaplaincy duties, we discuss how we can enhance and improve the spiritual life of the college and participate in prayer and worship. We always finish the meetings with adoration. It is a time when we are quiet, reflective and reverent with the Lord. We really enjoy this time of prayer, we feel close to God and love the stillness and calm. We embrace every opportunity to serve our college community.


We also represent the college at Masses organised by the North Staffs Deanery; the Combined School Mass, the Good Shepherd Mass and the Deanery Vocations Mass.

At the start of every academic year we represent the college at the Birmingham Diocesan schools commissioning Mass celebrated by the Arch-Bishop. It is at this Mass that we are commissioned to be witnesses to our faith, to serve our community to go and spread the message of Jesus to all our college family.


We have an annual retreat day to Soli House where we participate in team building, personal spiritual growth and development and liturgy planning activities.

Out Reach

We serve our Primary schools in out-reach work where we visit and share liturgies and services with them.

We think this is the most fun group to join in the whole school so if you want to come along and see for yourself please ask Fr. Kemball, Mrs Sowter or anyone from the Chaplaincy crew.

Chaplaincy Prayer

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.
When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.
When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.
When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.
When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.
When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.
When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.
When times are tough, dare to be tougher.
When love hurts you, dare to love again.
When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.
When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.
When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.
When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.
When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.
When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.
Dare to be the best you can –
At all times, Dare to Be!

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