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Transforming the communities of Essex & East London through Christ’s presence

Chaplains lend a caring hand and a listening ear to people in a variety of places - at work, in a hospital or hospice, at study or in prison. They show that the Church cares and is there when people need it.

Chaplains offer opportunities for quiet and reflection, for sharing concerns, visions and hopes, and for prayer and spiritual nourishment. They are often called upon in a crisis situation but they also help to form a sense of community and act as signposts to further services.

Armed Forces

The full-time army chaplaincy team provides pastoral support to soldiers and their families, regardless of their religion, beliefs or background.

Contact

Bishop of Colchester, tel 01206 576648, email b.colchester@chelmsford.anglican.org


Deaf and Blind

The chaplaincy team consists of one full-time and six honorary chaplains who all communicate in British sign language (BSL). Revd Denis Huntley (pictured above) is the Diocesan Chaplain for Deaf & Deafblind people.

Contact

Revd Denis Huntley, tel 01268 546026, email denis@deafchurch-chelmsford.org.uk

For more information please visit the website for Chaplaincy among Deaf and Deafblind people: www.deafchurch-chelmsford.org.uk


Education

Schools, colleges and universities can be challenging environments for both students and teachers. As well as having the pressures of study to cope with, students in tertiary education often have to balance these pressures with commitments to jobs. Changes in education provision create particular pressures for teachers.

Chaplaincy services are provided at School, College (FE) and University levels.

Contact

Revd Tony Cant, tel 0845 1967722, email tony.cant@anglia.ac.uk


Hospices

Hospice chaplains offer spiritual and religious care to patients who may be facing death from a life threatening illness, their carers, friends and families.

Contact

Revd Katy Hacker Hughes, tel 01245 600969, email katyhh@hotmail.co.uk


Hospital & Ambulance Services

In partnership with other denominations and faiths, hospital chaplains offer high quality spiritual, religious and pastoral care to patients, staff and visitors of all faiths and none.  NHS strategies and policies encouraged a holistic approach to patients. Chaplains focus on the patient experience in the following NHS Trusts:

  • Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals
  • Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Princess Alexandra, Harlow
  • Newham University Hospitals
  • Whipps Cross University Hospital
  • Southend University Hospital Foundation
  • Basildon and Thurrock University Teaching Hospitals
  • Mid Essex Hospital Services, Broomfield

Contact

Ven Annette Cooper, tel 01376 513130, email a.colchester@chelmsford.anglican.org


Prisons

Chaplains minister to the needs of people who are serving sentences of imprisonment. Chelmsford Mothers’ Union and Diocesan Prison Initiatives (‘MUDPIES’) provide supervised recreational play areas in the prisons and support families in this stressful environment.

Contact

Revd James Ridge, tel 01245 552212, email jamesridge@googlemail.com


Sport

Chaplains serve a number of football clubs, including Grays Athletic, Dagenham & Redbridge, Leyton Orient and West Ham, where Archdeacon Elwin Cockett remains chaplain, assisted by Revd Alan Bolding, who also serves Woodford Green Athletics Club, and Jimmy Dale, a church youth worker who has responsibility for the academy trainees.

Contact

Ven Elwin Cockett, tel 020 8989 8557, email a.westham@chelmsford.anglican.org.


For more information please contact Carol Smith
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