New chaplain Jo welcomed to Magnus School

Jo Tilley’s journey to school chaplaincy has been a varied one. Since having children she has worked as a consumer advisor for Trading Standards, debt advisor for Citizen’s Advice Bureau, church administrator, youth worker and learning support assistant!

Recently appointed as Chaplain at the Magnus Church of England School in Newark, Jo has been involved in worship teams and youth work. “For the last four years, together with my family, I have attended Everyday Champions Church in Newark where we are all involved in serving the work of the church in one way or another! I love working with young people and for the last six years I have been leading an ecumenical youth group called Youth United, which seeks to bring together Christian young people in the town, once a month. It’s really important for young people to know that God is all about the bigger picture, as well as being part of our individual lives. Working with the young people in school is very different to this, but equally as enjoyable,” says Jo.

Jo has been married to Paul for 21 years, who is a teacher at Magnus and her daughter has also been at the school for the last seven years. “I feel I am joining a team of staff that I already know fairly well, and I feel very welcome at the school. On my first day I and the other chaplains led a staff Eucharist service, which was attended by twenty members of staff and it was good to start the new academic year off in this way. The school is finding its feet in terms of being a church school, but there is a real openness to faith. We are starting up a lunchtime club for Christian students, called ‘12:27 Club’ ; next week we have our very first Welcome Service for the Year 7’s at our local parish church, and there are three other services being planned for this term, so it’s going to be a busy one!”

 Jo Tilley