Chaplaincy Everywhere

The Methodist Church
September 2018
Chaplaincy Everywhere
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Editor: Matthew Reed

Chaplaincy Officer

In this mail you will find stories about imaginative chaplaincy work along with news of resources, training and events.

If you have a story, picture, reflection or idea to share with the Methodist Chaplaincies network, please get in touch: by email.

Twitter: @MethChaplaincy

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by Hannah Tuck, Railway Chaplain

He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’"


We recently looked at Matt 22: 37-39 in my church's youth group. Love is part of the foundation of chaplaincy. Every day we show love, care and compassion to other people. But it was the second most important commandment 'love your neighbour as yourself' that sparked discussion. Jesus' reply didn't command self-love, he expected it.

Sometimes people (including us chaplains) have such little appreciation of themselves that it gets in the way of their service to the Lord. It can lead to unhealthy thoughts and depression.

The psalmist said that God put us together.

We should love the person God has made us and treat ourselves with the same care and compassion when we mess up, as we offer to others. This isn't narcissistic, but respect and acceptance for what the Lord has made.



Lord help us today to learn to love who we are and to use it for your glory.

And help us, in our chaplaincy, to help others see God's love in their lives. 


Hannah Tuck is Railway Chaplain for Wales and the Marches.

For more information visit the Railway Mission website.


Prayer Requests

Please pray for higher education chaplains and the students they serve, especially the new students that are starting this month who are facing the confusion of a life away from home.


Please pray for prison chaplains who have a major roll to play in keeping things civilised during these difficult times for prisons.

From time to time we will suggests areas of chaplaincy to remember in your prayers. If you would like to nominate an area of chaplaincy, or a specific issue, please get in touch.


Prisons Week

A really important opportunity to remember a community that is in great need of God's love, and to pray for the work of the prison chaplains that serve them.

Resources, and more information about the theme 'Boldly go', can be found on the Prisons Week website.


View the Prisons Week 2018 video here.

Germinate Conference    

Saturday 13 October 2018


The Welcome Centre, 47 Parkside, Coventry, CV1 2HG

Through key note speakers, case studies and workshops, the 2018 Germinate Conference will explore what it means for rural Christians to do more than belong to their churches and communities.

Speaker: The Rt Revd Dr David Walker, Bishop of Manchester

More details from the Germinate website      

Inter Faith Week

11 - 18 November 2018 

Chaplaincies play a valuable role in bringing people of different faiths and beliefs together, fostering cohesion, understanding and mutual respect. Each year, a number of Inter Faith Week activities have been hosted and facilitated by chaplaincies to bring people together, to enjoy each other's company and to learn from one another. These include chaplaincies at higher and further education institutions, in the armed forces, schools, hospitals, emergency services and more.

To find out more, or to download resources, visit the Inter Faith Network website


Summer School - Cliff College

Nineteen chaplains gathered at the college for the Chaplaincy Summer School at the end of July, led by Matthew Reed and Jenny Spouge. Those attending ranged from experienced project leaders to those starting to explore a calling for this ministry. Sessions included basic theory and practice, as well as drawing on the roots of chaplaincy to find fresh understanding and encouragement.

Chaplaincy Summer School 2019 will take place from 29 July to 2 August.

Details will be available on the Cliff College website soon.

Chaplain to young farmers in Derbyshire

The Derbyshire Agricultural Chaplaincy team have been joined by Emily Brailsford in a role focused on offering support to young farmers.  

Find out more about Emily and the Derbyshire Agricultural chaplaincy on their website.


Alan Griggs, leader of the DAM team wrote about their work in an earlier edition of this eNews. Read the article here.


Is Emily the only chaplain focussed on young farmers? 

Have you worked with this vulnerable community as part of another role?

We would love to hear stories of good work in this area.

New Ecumenical Chaplaincy Development Group

A new group has been formed to bring together those who work in chaplaincy development and leadership. Twenty people, whose jobs have a strategic or development role for chaplaincy in national churches, regional organisations and specialist sector services, came together for an exploratory meeting in July, hosted by Matthew Reed, Chaplaincy Officer, and Simon Foster, Lichfield Diocese. A range of views were shared as to how such a group could operate, and the role it could play, but it quickly became clear that such a group could be really helpful to us all. A small group was formed to take the planning forward, and more information will be available later in the year.


Community Chaplains

Spiritual care in community healthcare settings

4 October & 5 February 2019, 11.00 - 15.15

Free Churches Group

27 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HH

For those who are connected with a faith community there is both social and spiritual support. For those who aren’t, where is their spiritual support in times of health care crisis?

This day will be based on the shared experience of individuals working in Community Health Care Chaplaincy and will enable participants to build their plan to make a difference in their community.

More details on the FCG website

Healthcare Chaplains Study Day

8th November, 11.00 - 16.15

Free Churches Group

27 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HH

The day will include updated information for the Healthcare Chaplaincy, Mental Health First Aid Course,  an update on Community Chaplaincy and a Prayer Walk. Lunch and refreshments will be provided on the day. The cost is £15 to cover materials, and the day is limited to 15 places.

More details on the FCG website


Liturgy on the Edge

edited by Sam Wells.

This new book includes liturgies for regular pastoral services, including an informal Eucharist, worship for small groups, dementia-friendly service, healing service and interfaith ceremonies. There are resources for use in acute pastoral needs, including services for communities affected by local tragedy and those experiencing loss through violence. Liturgy is also included for outreach services in the open air or welcoming people into sacred space, and special services including Homelessness Sunday, Prisoners Week, Holy Week, Harvest, Remembrance, a community carol service and more.

Ideal for use by chaplains, whether leading worship regularly or only on rare occasions.

More details from the Canterbury Press website

Chaplaincy Grants - closing date 5th October 2018

The closing date for grants from the Methodist Church to support chaplaincy work is fast approaching. Anyone thinking of applying is advised to contact Chaplaincy Officer Matthew Reed as soon as possible if they have not already done so.   

Further details and criteria are available on the website

The closing date for the next round of grants is 4 March 2019

Appeals for help

Are you running a Chaplaincy Everywhere Course?


We have a number of people around the country interested in joining a group working through Chaplaincy Everywhere. We want to keep a simple voluntary register of where the course is running so that we can put others in touch with you. It would also be helpful to hear how you have used the course, and how we can improve it.

To register your group please email us using this link.


How were you called?


Methodist Chaplaincies are looking for short accounts of how chaplains felt called to this vocation. We want to build a library of stories about how chaplains become chaplains. Some will be used on the website, while others will be drawn on for training and other resources. A brief account of around 100 - 150 words is ideal, preferably told as a story. We know that some people feel a definite moment of calling, while others gradually come to understand that it is the right ministry for them. A significant number of chaplains come to it by accident! We want as many stories as possible covering the whole range.

All stories will be anonymised, with names and other references altered or removed.

Please send any contributions to Matthew Reed by email

Why not encourage all the chaplains in your project to write their story as part of their reflective practice on a team training day?


Lead Chaplain to Warwickshire Police

Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police are currently seeking a Lead Chaplain for Warwickshire Police based at Leamington Justice Centre, Warwickshire. 


For more information, visit the Warwickshire Police website.

FE Chaplaincy Consultant

Bristol Diocese


We are seeking to recruit a new FE Chaplaincy consultant to advise and grow the Chaplaincy work, and work with teams of chaplains in the FE sector.

For more information, visit the Bristol Diocese website 



Prison Chaplaincy Vacancies


Christian Chaplain, IRC Morton Hall (Nottingham)

Free Church Ordained Chaplain, HMP Frankland (Durham)

Volunteer Free Churches Chaplain, HMP Winchester


Find out more on the Free Churches Group website

or contact Bob Wilson, Free Churches Faith Advisor to NOMS & Secretary for Prison Chaplaincy

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