Trull Village Chaplains commissioned

To listen and care, to pray for and love…

In what we believe is the first such ‘Village Chaplains’ project in the country, a team of chaplains from All Saints Church, Trull has been commissioned by Bishop Ruth.  All members of the congregations of All Saints, they will serve as chaplains to the school and residential care home and retirement village, to the football team and cafe and businesses of the village.  One of the Chaplains will be especially there for the dog walkers, one is exploring Chaplaincy to the pub (it’s a hard job but someone has to do it!).

At the commissioning service Bishop Ruth called on the new Chaplains to ‘fan the flames that are within them as they live and tell the story of Jesus’.  Children at Trull School have said that their chaplain is there ‘to listen and care for them, to pray for them and love them.’

The team has been developed and trained by Sam Upham, Children’s and Families worker at Trull Church and by Revd Mike Haslam, Chaplaincy Development Advisor.  Mike is working right across the diocese developing new teams of chaplains and says: ‘Trull Village Chaplains is, we think, the first time that the well-established model of town and city centre Chaplaincy has moved into a village.  We hope and pray that this model can be shared and echoed in many of our villages and small towns across the diocese as a way of living and sharing our faith, extending our ministry and enabling lay leaders.’ Mike can help to develop and train new teams of chaplains anywhere in the diocese.  Please get in touch with him if you’d like to find out more…

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