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Around 80 local Chaplains & Angels attended a Chaplaincy training event this month. Our work focused group, Volunteer Chaplains, serves community businesses, GP surgeries, care homes and some frontline services. The morning conference brought together both experienced and fledgling chaplains, giving us opportunities to network, share experiences and learn together in a welcoming environment. The Rev Canon Paul Morris led two of the main sessions, drawing on his experiences working as a director in a Christian association and subsequently as a Vicar in Derby, where he led a movement of voluntary workplace chaplaincy. Paul was able to give us very practical ideas about how to approach the Chaplaincy role and underpinned it with the Bible based principles on which it is founded.

Two of GTCC’s home grown chaplains shared with the delegates how they worked in different frontline services and were able to support and build up positive relationships with employees or patients through their regular visits. We were also grateful to receive support on the day from our patron HM Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey Michael More-Molyneux. Thanks to St Saviour’s Church team for supporting us and to Cilla and team for feeding us so well.

We were also delighted this month to learn that our Angels received national recognition for our ‘contribution to the town’ at the 2024 National Best Bar None Guildford Best Bar None awards. This will be a wonderful addition to our ever expanding award portfolio!

Chaplaincy Toolbox opened at free training event March 2024