Chaplaincy is a form of ministry offered beyond the life of a local church congregation, that is authorised by the Church and recognised by a host organisation.
There are many chaplains from Church of England Birmingham who are active within places like Hospitals, Universities, Emergency Services, Military, Trains and Buses, Shops, Factories, Schools and Colleges. There is growing demand for chaplains.
Examples of Chaplaincy in Birmingham:
- Healthcare Chaplaincy - Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital. You can read about their chaplain, Paul Nash, here.
- University - Birmingham University chaplaincy
- School - The Blue Coat School Chaplaincy; Solihull School; Christchurch Yardley Wood Academy
- Prison - HMP Birmingham has a diverse chaplaincy team offering a wide range of pastoral care/support to prisoners and staff. Father Patrick Gillon is on the team.
- Retail Chaplaincy - CIGB (Churches and Industry Group Birmingham-Solihull)
Chaplaincy is usually a long-term ministry of presence, engagement and prayer. It is most commonly a voluntary ministry, though often expenses are paid by the host organisation. Every day is different and chaplains never know what to expect when they start the day.
Chaplains discover that God is already in that place, and usually their role is to gently point that out. Chaplains are there for people of any faith or no faith: many operate in multi-faith environments and build understanding and trust with colleagues from other faiths. Chaplains often work in partnership with other church denominations and some are part of multi-faith chaplaincies.
For further information about chaplaincy, see our Pastoral Care page.