Every day, our chaplains, over 100 of them paid and unpaid, share God’s love in our communities. Quietly, and without need for recognition or praise, they do not wait for people to come to our churches; they take the church to them. In our schools and universities, our hospitals and hospices, our town centres and businesses, our industry and armed forces, they are sometimes described as the ‘public face of God’.
In this issue of Manna we look at who they are, what they do, and perhaps most importantly, why they do it.
There are stories from the high street in Taunton, police cells in Bridgwater, Academy classrooms and hospital wards in Bath. We hear how chaplaincy offers care, space, support and prayer to around 15,000 students and 2,500 staff in the University of Bath in our Interview. There’s a moving tale of how our Street Pastors share love without judgment, and we discover how one parish took a bold step in breaking from tradition to create, quite literally, their own pilgrim in our Parish Profile.
Make sure to pick your copy up from your local church, or read it online and let these stories of thriving spiritual life amidst our increasingly secular society lift your spirit this winter, and perhaps inspire you to join them.
Email us if you can’t find a copy.