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1 Chaplaincy Everywhere for your community sent by your Church something you can do

2 Experiences of Chaplaincy What comes to mind when you hear the word “chaplaincy”? What do chaplains do? Have you ever been visited by a chaplain?

3 Experiences of Chaplaincy What comes to mind when you hear the word “chaplaincy”? What do chaplains do? Have you ever been visited by a chaplain?

4 Click on link for: Chaplaincy Everywhere Film (must be online)

5 What do you see in this picture from the Chaplaincy Everywhere Exhibition? Describe what you think is happening

6 Knock, knock I knock on the door and slide into the room. You look at me from your bed, wondering who I am. I look at you and smile, hoping to appear calm and friendly. I explain who I am. You look wary, but do not tell me to go away. I ask if I can sit down. ‘How has your day been?’ You tell me. And from this small beginning a plant begins to grow. As you talk and I listen, we water the plant. We never mention ‘God’ – but He is the one who makes the plant to grow. Bob Whorton - Hospice chaplain

7 A prison chaplain stands with one foot inside the prison and one foot outside. Chaplains always stand in two places – in the Church and outside of it.

8 The Cloak of Chaplaincy Once upon a time, on a bitterly cold night, a Roman soldier called Martin saw a scantily clad beggar huddled by a wall. Seeing his need, Martin cut his military cloak in half and shared it; the cloak was called a capella. That night, Martin dreamed of Jesus wearing the half-cloak he had given away saying “here is Martin, the Roman soldier; he has clad me.” St Martin of Tours became known as the first capellanus or chaplain…

9 The Cloak of Chaplaincy After his ordination, Martin was commissioned to work away from church buildings in places where people were in special need. Buildings created for this special work were known as chapels after the capella Martin cut and gave a away. The story of St Martin of Tours has all the qualities of a legend. No one knows precisely what happened that night by the gates of the city of Amiens, nevertheless, the story of the shared cloak gets right to the heart of chaplaincy. The idea of compassion expressed through vulnerability.

10 The Cloak of Chaplaincy In small groups: What is your cloak – what do you have to share? Why did Martin give half his cloak not the whole of it?

11 Characteristics of Chaplaincy ministry beyond the walls - to where people are an invited guest and not the host vulnerable - not powerful commissioned by the Church and accredited by the host an intentional presence - rather than gathering a method for Christian Mission - sharing in what God is doing in the world

12 Chaplaincy Everywhere for your community, sent by your Church, something you can do Share your vision for chaplaincy in your Church and community

13 Steps to developing a new chaplaincy in a simple graphic form Links to resources for help at each stage The Spiral of Chaplaincy Development

14 Resources and Preparing Seven sessions for groups thinking about chaplaincy CHAPLAINCY ESSENTIALS A new resource of six practical training sessions for beginning chaplains Chaplaincy Everywhere For the latest stories sign up for our chaplaincy e-news available Spring

15 A prayer of blessing You are blessed to be a blessing. Therefore go into all the world to be good news. To bless a world in need of love, attention and care. May your chaplaincy ministry grow and flourish. May others receive you into their community. May you be known for your love and good deeds. So, may the Father’s love fill you. May the Son’s example inspire you. And may the Spirit’s life empower you. In the name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Amen.


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