Our chaplains work in teams and we have teams in the locations shown below. We are also hoping to have new teams coming on board as they complete their chaplaincy training.
There is a small team visiting retail outlets in the local area set up by St Laurence’s Church, Alvechurch. They have been visiting for a number of years and have established good relationships with local businesses.
Pershore Town Centre
The Pershore workplace chaplaincy team started as an initiative of Church Together in Pershore and is a thriving ecumenical partnership with Pershore Baptist Church, Pershore Abbey (Church of England), Pershore Community Church and Pershore Roman Catholic Church. The team visits businesses in the town centre of Pershore, including the indoor retail market.
There are two areas visited regularly in Redditch. The chaplaincy teams are from various churches including St Stephens, Church of England and Emmanuel Church, URC. Both teams generally visit on a Tuesday morning once a month.
Kingfisher Shopping Centre, Redditch
The management of the Kingfisher Shopping Centre is very welcoming of the chaplaincy teams operating in the centre and providing an important service to the retails units there, many of which are national chains.
There is a traditional outdoor market where the stall holders are usually self-employed, single trader businesses. The visit of a workplace chaplain to show support here is all the more important.
There are a few very dedicated workplace chaplains operating in Stourport and have been visiting for a number of years and are now quite well known to the traders they visit. That aspect of offering continued support is vital in building up a relationship of trust.
Worcester Livestock Market (through CARL)
McCartneys Livestock Auctioneers run the Worcester livestock market which handles the trade of sheep and cattle. They have welcomed workplace chaplains to visit and chat with farmers and buyers. The chaplains are members of the Chaplaincy for Agriculture and Rural Life (CARL), which is a committee of the Church of England Diocese of Worcester. The chaplains also work very closely with the Farming Community Network (FCN). The chaplains working here have personal experience of, or connections with farming, and therefore are able to offer an understanding of the particular issues faced by those working in the rural economy.