Chaplaincy

Chaplains are people who are appointed by the Church to work in all kinds of places outside the normal life of the congregation.  There are chaplains in hospitals, workplaces, prisons, the armed forces, shopping centres, rural areas, colleges, universities and schools to name but a few.  In all these places chaplains try to show God's love through offering care and support, and by representing Christian values and beliefs.  Chaplains share the great privilege of discovering what God is doing out there - beyond the Church.  In our diverse society chaplaincy has to show the greatest sensitivity and respect.  Christian chaplains often work in ecumenical teams or alongside colleagues from other faiths.

Chaplaincy and the Methodist Church

The Methodist Church has a long history of chaplaincy work going back to the time of the Wesleys and you will find Methodist Chaplains in some quite surprising places.  Chaplaincy schemes may be supported and run by the local Church, the Circuit, the District or the Connexion, but there is always some sense in which the chaplain is "sent" by the Church. Chaplains always work with the support of the Church - they are never alone.

What kind of people are chaplains? 

There are many different kinds of Methodist chaplains.  Most are volunteers - ordained ministers working full time as chaplains are very much in the minority.   A Chaplain could be a visitor at the hospital, part of a team who talk to the staff in the shopping centre or someone who meets with students and staff at the local College.

Download the General Chaplaincy Pack Pdf
NB Chaplaincy packs for listed individual chaplaincy activities can be found on the Chaplaincy Activities pages

Chaplaincy Contacts

General Inquiries
Revd Stan Brown browns@methodistchurch.org.uk
020 7467 3783

Specialist Areas

Armed Forces Chaplaincy
Revd Robert Jones JonesR@methodistchurch.org.uk
020 7467 5289

Chaplaincy Development Project Officer
Jonathan Green jon.green@methodistchurch.org.uk

Education Chaplaincy
Revd Stan Brown browns@methodistchurch.org.uk
020 7467 3783

Healthcare Chaplaincy (Free Churches Group)
Revd Debbie Hodge debbie.hodge@cte.org.uk
020 7529 8136 

Prison Chaplaincy (Free Churches Group)
Revd Bob Wilson bob.wilson@cte.org.uk
0207 529 8138 

Workplace Chaplaincy
Revd Tim Harrison harrisont@methodistchurch.org.uk
020 7467 5120 

 

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Chaplaincy in the RAF

Watch a video shown at the 2014 Methodist Conference. Padre Chris Acher describes his motivation to become a military chaplain, and his experiences with the RAF in Afghanistan.

"Chaplains are... the church that has left the building... We can all be involved in chaplaincy."

Martyn Atkins - General Secretary of the  Methodist Church in Britain

Read articles from the Epworth Review Chaplaincy issue December 2010