Chaplaincy is an excellent way for churches to join together to offer pastoral care, listening and support to people within an institution, such as a hospital, school or prison.

A chaplaincy is a specialised form of ministry where representatives of religious organisations work within an institution including hospitals (healthcare and hospice), prisons, educational establishments (eg universities and FE colleges) and businesses/commerce/industry. Often chaplaincy teams are made up of chaplains drawn from a range of church traditions, and Chaplaincy Local Ecumenical Partnerships can be found in many settings.  

A great example of recent creative chaplaincy comes from Lowestoft and fantastic ways of supporting festival goers. Read about the fun of festival chaplaincy
In ecumenical chaplaincy (involving chaplains from different church traditions), most chaplains sign a covenant that commits them to work together to meet the pastoral, spiritual and religious needs of the staff, clients and relatives. The chaplains work together as an ecumenical team with a strong sense of mutual commitment and sharing. They meet together regularly to pray, plan the work of the chaplaincy and offer mutual support. They may also have away days when they reflect theologically and liturgically together. 

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