Local Church provides New Workplace Chaplaincy to Sports Direct

Workplace Chaplaincy Derbyshire have started a new chaplaincy service to Sports Direct HQ and Distribution centre in Shirebrook.

Revd Karen Bradley, a new Church of England Vicar, wanted to find a way to serve those who worked at Sports Direct. Some thought the church should protest against the employer. Others wanted a different way of engaging.

Ecumenical colleagues decided to try to set up a space for Sports Direct staff to speak and be heard, and managers at Sports Direct welcomed the proposal. The chaplaincy hopes to grow with more volunteers and time.

The chaplains provide a listening and support service, and also provide opportunities for prayer and reflection. Following the London terrorist attacks they set up a prayer tree, to which the staff attached ribbons on which they had written prayers.

UK Team Leaders Meet-Up

Workplace Chaplaincy Team Leaders from across the UK are meeting up on 26 June to learn from each others growth, and develop training programmes for new voluntary workplace chaplains. How do we share the good news of Workplace Chaplaincy with our communities and churches? New teams of chaplains continue to spring up across the country, and there is considerable media interest in chaplaincy as an exciting form of church life.

South Yorkshire Chaplaincy and Listening Service

A new combined chaplaincy and listening service for businesses across the South Yorkshire region has been launched.

South Yorkshire Chaplaincy and Listening Services, will build on the existing services of the Sheffield Sports Chaplaincy and Sheffield Listening Services, led by Revd Baz and Linda Gascoyne. It will offer support to everyone in the workplace, irrespective of their faith.

The new service has been conceived by Sheffield Forgemasters’ former director, Peter Birtles and current Forgemasters’chairman, Tony Pedder. It will also initially incorporate the chaplaincy services for South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue and a listening service started at Greystones Medical Centre.

The Chaplaincy and Listening Service will fill a gap created by the demise of the South Yorkshire Workplace Chaplaincy last year. Chairman Tony Pedder said: “The South Yorkshire Workplace Chaplaincy has been a strong feature of life in the Sheffield steelworks during my time at Sheffield Forgemasters and indeed in my previous roles at British Steel and Corus. Its demise was a loss at a time when the industry continues to face an uncertain future. Hence, I view its replacement by a new service as a very welcome development.” 

For a further report see http://www.yorkshirebusinessdaily.co.uk/2017/04/25/south-yorkshire-workplace-chaplaincy-listening-service-launched/

 

The Only Brewery Chaplain in UK?

The Bishop of Lichfield, Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave has been getting a good taste of Workplace Chaplaincy Mission at Marston’s Banks’ Brewery in Wolverhampton.

The Revd Bill Mash, Marston’s Chaplain, together with CEO Ralph Findlay and Beer Company MD Richard Westwood gave the Bishop a tour around Banks’ Brewery and the new head office.

Bill, who is the Black Country Urban Industrial Mission (BCUIM) team leader, wonders if he is the only brewery chaplain in the country?

CEO Ralph Findlay said it was “a pleasure to welcome the Bishop here and to see Bill working with a business in the community. Bill is a great addition to our business and we look forward to continue to work with him for many years to come”.

Bishop Michael  also appreciates Chaplaincy Mission: “It was great to meet workers at Marston’s and see the crucial chaplaincy work that Black Country Urban Industrial Mission are involved in here”.

“Chaplains work on the frontline in factories, businesses, hospitals, schools and many other places throughout our large and varied diocese. They offer a listening ear and support which organisations say plays a significant role in the wellbeing of staff.

“The number of chaplains, whether clergy or lay people, is growing all the time and today’s visit reinforces their importance to the wider church and the people they serve.”

 

Vacancy: Workcare (Coventry/Warwickshire) Development Officer

Workcare Coventry & Warwickshire (‘Workcare’) is an ecumenical Christian organisation providing workplace chaplaincy and support to those in and seeking work.

Following a recent review by the Board of Trustees and the retirement of long-serving staff members, the Board is seeking a lay or ordained person to develop the organisation to meet these objectives.

The appointment is full time for an initial period of 18 months with subsequent review to establish ongoing requirements. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications within the range £20,000 – £30,000 plus reimbursement of normal office and travelling expenses.

For more information about the role and an application form, please go to www.workcare.org

Vacancy: Lead Chaplain Bluewater Shopping Centre, Kent

Lead Chaplain, Bluewater Kent

Closing Date: 13 January 2017

Full Time Post for Ordained or Lay Christian

Bluewater is one of the largest retail complexes in the UK, with a footfall of 28m people over 20 hectares space.

The Chaplaincy Service provides support to the retail and facilities staff in the context of their daily life and work, through a team of volunteer chaplains and a Lead Chaplain.

More information available here, or by contacting Kent Workplace Mission:  www.kentworkplacemission.org

 

What’s happening on the High Street?

Workplace People Autumn edition includes stories from Retail Chaplaincy in Bristol, Worcester, Tyneside and with BHS. Jack Quinn also asks about connections between chaplaincy skills and church mission in the developing world. Ray Borrett concludes his reflections on Chaplaincy and Evangelism. The incoming and outgoing Moderators reflect. See WorkPlace People Catalogue page in Members Area.

August Activity at WCM

Website members’ only area Did you know . . . there is a special section on our website where members can access a number of different resources, including past editions of the magazine, formerly called IMAgenda but now renamed ‘WorkPlace People’.

You will also find there information on the insurance cover included in your membership and a number of useful policy templates – everything from safeguarding to health and safety for chaplains.

These pages are password protected, and you will need to register before you can get access. To do this go the ‘Members’ Area’ tab on the home page and fill in the simple form with your details. This helps us check that those registering are indeed WCM UK members. You will be asked to choose a username and password (the password but not the username can be changed later) and to click register. This has to be activated, which normally takes just a few hours, after which you will be sent an email confirming your access.

This is all part of your membership – so take advantage.

And remember, this is your network and your website. So if you have resources – training materials, sample policies, links to pictures and videos or news – let us have them and we can log them for all members to access. WorkPlace People: Autumn 2016.  Special theme ‘Chaplaincy in the Retail Sector’.

If you have a story to tell, a reflection to offer or prayers and worship resources that have emerged from your experience as a retail chaplain, please share them through the pages of our quarterly magazine. The editor, Heather Pencavel, would be delighted to hear from you at hpencavel@gmail.com