Chaplaincy Everywhere

The Methodist Church
March 2018
Chaplaincy Everywhere
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Editor: Matthew Reed

Church & Community Development 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 Chaplaincy Everywhere network, please get in touch: by email.

Twitter: @MethChaplaincy

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Chapliancy Everywhere Prayer Special

Rather than offer a reflection in this special edition of the eNews, we asked members of the Chaplaincy Forum and other colleagues to offer prayers that they found useful in their role as chaplains. Many of you have commented that you find such resources useful, particularly where they offer support for chaplains as they go about their duties. A selection of these appear below, and more will follow in coming editions. Please let us know what you find helpful.


If you would like to offer something that you find useful, whether words, pictures or ideas, please get in touch.


Prayers for Chaplains and Chaplaincy


As we minister to all in the busyness of this world; as we enter as 

invited guests into the worlds of others; as we seek to be those who 

are prepared to take risks, and as we aim to be those who interpret the 

'rumours of God', bless us we pray. Amen

Keith Underhill








Philip Richter has offered us two pictures for reflection and prayer.


This is Mary teaching Jesus to walk which is at Newman University, Birmingham. 


Further down is simply trees at The Royal Foundation of St Katherine, in London.


We include them here without comments to inspire reflection and prayer.




Philip has written an excellent book, Spirituality in Photography, Taking pictures with deeper vision which explores how photography can offer unique perspectives on ourselves, the world around us and the deeper world within.


Gracious God - be within every encounter I have this day.

May my words flow easily and with love

May my ears be open to every unspoken message 

May I walk lightly in your world, be your presence to those in need

and be your blessing to all those that I meet.


Paul Glass


Lord make me an instrument of your peace

Where there is hatred let me sow love

Where there is injury, pardon

Where there is doubt, faith

Where there is despair, hope

Where there is darkness, light

And where there is sadness, joy

O divine master grant that I may

not so much seek to be consoled as to console

to be understood as to understand

To be loved as to love

For it is in giving that we receive

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned

And it's in dying that we are born to eternal life


Francis of Assisi

Suggested by Kathy O’Loughlin



Many chaplains, including Kathy, follow the Northumbrian Community daily prayer scheme. Prayers and daily readings are available on line here, or in a beautifully presented book available from most Christian bookshops or from their website






God grant me the serenity

to accept the things I cannot change; 

courage to change the things I can; 

and wisdom to know the difference.


Living one day at a time; 

enjoying one moment at a time; 

accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; 

taking, as He did, this sinful world

as it is, not as I would have it; 

trusting that He will make all things right

if I surrender to His Will; 

that I may be reasonably happy in this life

and supremely happy with Him

forever in the next.  Amen.

- Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) Suggested by Phil Metcalf

Accessed at


God of gear-wheel and machine,

we thank you for the benefits we gain,

for machines which make our lives easier,

for developments that enable us to live comfortably,

for the wealth that pays

for our hospitals and schools.

We pray for those who work in industry and commerce,

for those whose work seems dull and monotonous,

for those whose jobs are insecure,

for those who have to make decisions

affecting the lives of others,

for those who hold on to ethical beliefs

and work with integrity,

for those who attempt to work

for change in the power structures,

for those who appreciate the work of colleagues

and enable employees to develop their potential.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Jenny Spouge



We pray for the held and for those who hold;

for chaplains who hear and carry in prayer the

needs of so many who are burdened in life.

Grant us grace as we handle fragile hopes and

share the perfect love which casts out fear.

We ask this in the name of the Jesus Christ,

who knew not to break the bruised reed.

Chris Swift





Photograph: The Path Ahead (Trengwainton Garden, Cornwall) by Matthew Reed



Horses preparing to race

Bet Your Life


Geoff Best experiences the damper end of chaplaincy, and reflects…

The link to this article in the last edition of the eNews did not work for some subscribers: 

You can read the full article here

Training and Events...

Nazarene Theological College, Dene Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2GU

Cost: £15.00 (includes refreshments and a light lunch)


Places are still available - book quickly!


A day conference a designed for current chaplains and those who are interested in chaplaincy. Learn from active chaplains, hear stories of how chaplaincy opens the doors to faith, and be inspired to support chaplaincy in your local area.


Time to network with others working in chaplaincy


Speakers include:

Bob Wilson, Secretary for prison chaplaincy and free churches faith advisor

Revd. Nigel Tween, Elim Chaplains Association

Revd. Dr Catrin Harland, Methodist Chaplain at Sheffield University

Booking website

More information

Supported by Methodist Chaplaincies

Chaplaincy Summer School

30 July - 3 August 2018

Cliff College, Calver, Hope Valley, Sheffield S32 3XG


Exploring Chaplaincy - An opportunity to learn about contemporary chaplaincy principles and practices, while exploring a vocation for this vital ministry. The course will look at a variety of contexts for chaplaincy, including new ways of working, as well as identifying the central themes which can make this ministry so significant for churches seeking mission beyond its walls.


The course is ideal for anyone, lay or ordained, thinking of getting involved in chaplaincy at any level, as well as those who are already active.


Booking and more information from the Cliff College website

Workplace Chaplaincy Mission

Refreshing Chaplaincy:

Changing Economy

National Conference 2018

Monday 25 June 1pm – Tuesday 26 June 2pm

The Hayes Conference Centre

Swanwick, Derbyshire DE55 1AU


  • Refreshment and Development for Workplace Chaplains
  • Focus on Retail Chaplaincy
  • Networking with Chaplains from across the UK
  • Update on National Network

Places at the conference cost £100 and are strictly limited in number.

Booking form and more information from the WCM website



Prison Chaplaincy Vacancies


Chaplain, HMP Belmarsh (28 hours per week)

Free Church Chaplain, HMP Wakefield (18 hours per week)

Free Church Ordained Chaplain, HMP Lincoln & HMP North Sea Camp (15.5 hours per week)

Free Church Ordained Chaplain, HMP North Sea Camp in Boston (8 hours per week)

Free Church Chaplain, HMYOI Guy Marsh (2 Vacancies, 17 hours per week)

Volunteer Free Churches Chaplain, HMP Winchester

Free Church Chaplain, HMP Manchester (15 hours per week)



Find out more on the Free Churches Group website

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

The Methodist Church Discipleship & Ministries Learning Network contact for chaplaincy:

Matthew Reed- Church and Community Development Officer

Methodist Church - Chaplaincy Webpages


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