What is Workplace Chaplaincy?
Most businesses recognise people as their most important asset. Good businesses invest significantly in the welfare of their employees, ensuring they are trained, resourced, motivated and managed to do their job. But work is only a part of any individual’s life. Workplace performance will always be influenced by what else is going on in each person’s life. Good managers recognise this.
What do chaplains in the workplace do?
Chaplains visit people in their place of work to offer friendship and to listen. Their support is unconditional, non-judgmental, independent and confidential. The role of the chaplain is complimentary to that of the manager and the personnel/HR department. It is independent of the organisation and orientated by their faith. However good workplace relations are, there are always things that people don’t want to share with their colleagues. The chaplain is a trained, trustworthy confidant with the time and willingness to listen. This service is for all people whatever their beliefs and circumstances and is definitely not about promoting any particular faith. Although we are not professionally trained counsellors, we can also recommend professional counselling support if needed.
Workplace Sunday – celebrating God’s gift of work – 5th May 2019
Workplace Sunday will be an opportunity to celebrate God’s gift of work and to support working people by recognising work as worship.
It is an opportunity to encourage workers to make a difference where they are throughout the week, recognising daily work as a vital part of God’s big mission.
Churches are encouraged to mark this significant day, and a range of resources have been provided to help them.
Bishop Paul wrote –
“I am delighted to commend these excellent resources to you in advance of Workplace Sunday. The workplace is the frontline of mission for many of our church members who live out their Christian faith in this context week by week. It is vitally important that we prayerfully support and uphold them in their witness as part of our commitment to sharing the good news and making new disciples.”
Many of the resources offer a different twist on one element of a normal service, whether it’s work-focused prayers, confessions and commissions or suggestions for sermons and song choices. However, there are also some new ideas, like doing a ‘This time tomorrow’ slot – talking to different people in your congregation about where they will be on Monday morning, who they talk to and what kind of situations they face.
For more information please contact:
The Revd Jo Tatum
Nottingham Workplace Chaplain