Activities

Christian Union

“The doughnuts at CU are great... but I have also enjoyed getting to know other people and being encouraged in my beliefs.”

The Christian Union at Dean Close School is a thriving and vibrant group. Each week 40-50 students from across the year groups attend our main meeting.

CU is led by pupils and exists as a place for the young people to come and explore what it means to be a Christian in our world today, to grow in their understanding of the Bible, and to encourage each other to live their lives for Jesus and share the Gospel with others.

We meet every Wednesday and enjoy a mixture of worship led by students, bizarre games and usually a talk or session led by either a visiting speaker or one of the Chaplaincy team.

As well as the weekly meetings, special events are held throughout the year including: the CU Houseparty, The Sixth Form Houseparty, the CU Christmas dinner and the Lent Addresses, which are greatly enjoyed by all.

“It was great to get away from school and have a different perspective and take a new look at what the Bible says. The fact that a Jacuzzi and sauna were available on the weekend away was also a great addition!”
Lucy - about the 6th form House party

CU Houseparty October 2012

The first weekend of the Michaelmas half term break saw around 50 pupils and staff head off for a weekend retreat in the middle of nowhere! Everyone’s favourite food was feasted on, from fish and chips to pizza; and everyone’s favourite games were played, from signs to eating entire bananas. A trip to the beach was enough to blow away any school-related-thoughts for an afternoon and then came the long-awaited movie-themed party with VIP guests including Austin Powers and Tinkerbell amongst others. There was a never-ending evening of singing around a bonfire, with a competition to see who could ‘drink’ a jug of water the fastest.

Assistant Chaplain of the Prep School, Sam Connor, joined the team and gave a series of talks, highlighting the Glory of God. Nothing could stop him from blessing the pupils and staff with a message important to us today, in an ever-consuming culture. There was also a split boys’ and girls’ seminar, led by Mr Norton and Miss Griffiths, respectively. A hugely successful event which everyone looks forward to again next year!


Bible Studies

At Dean Close our school motto is 'God's Word, A Guiding Light' and to that end we aim to give all pupils the opportunity to grow in their knowledge and understanding of the Bible and what it has to say to us today.

The weekly Bible studies in each house as a more informal way for pupils to get hands on with the Bible, to explore the Bible together, to ask questions and to pray in a much smaller group than the Christian Union.

The Bible Study groups attract people who would class themselves as Christians and want to grow in their faith, but also those who are just interested in asking questions about Christianity or exploring the claims of the Bible.


Confirmation

After Easter we hold our annual Confirmation Service which is always a very special occasion in the Dean Close calendar. Leading up to the confirmation day, the Chaplain takes the pupils through an 11 week course, exploring what it means to be a Christian, culminating in a celebration meal the night before the service.

Testimonies of Pupils confirmed in recent years......

"Since moving to Dean Close, I have been more aware of Christianity and have gained a lot more knowledge about Jesus and the Bible through the Alpha course, TGI's, visits to Trinity Church, CU weekend away and house Bible Studies. These things along with the friends I have met along the way have helped me make my decision to confirm my faith."

"I decided to go on the confirmation course so that I could learn more about God and His ways.  And now by being confirmed if feels like my relationship with him is strengthened and I would really encourage others to explore the Christian Faith."

"My Christian journey began two years ago after going to TGI Wednesday. Since becoming a Christian I have realised that Jesus is always present in my life and I look forward to confirming my trust and belief in Him."


Growing Leaders

A Christian leadership course for sixth formers

This is a course for committed Christians to explore more of what it means to be a Christian, and to lead in a Christ like way within the contexts that they find themselves. Whether that is as captain of a sports team or a prefect, in their local churches or in Christian groups in school.

Growing leaders is run over two terms and the group meets every two weeks with the Chaplain and her team. The course is valued very highly by the whole School community.

“We learnt about our SHAPE (Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality and Experiences) and we examined what it means to have a Christian Character and to work in a team. The course was both challenging and encouraging but it helped massively that we were fed cake at every session!” Jamie