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What is Neighbourhood Chaplains?
Neighbourhood Chaplains is a new scheme that has been launched by Counties. Our aim is to equip and encourage churches (Ephesians 4.12) in reaching out to people in their local communities through house-to-house work (Acts 20:20). Volunteers can choose to be involved in three roles:
(a) initial contacts (lead chaplains)
(c) helping hands team
The scheme begins with a three part Training Day, led by one of our practitioners, where volunteers will learn about: Biblical models for mission; understanding the Gospel; listening skills; how people come to faith; how to share faith confidently and appropriately; pastoral care; safe practice; signposting and more. It also includes a ‘toolkit’ for churches giving ideas for writing your own policies and procedures; teaching materials, and protocols for the scheme.
Why should my church get involved?
The Bible encourages us to go out and visit people in the local community (eg. Luke 10:1-24), whilst the media tells us there is a loneliness epidemic in society today. Neighbourhood Chaplains offers a model of ministry which helps churches meet a recognised need. It’s an opportunity to meet practical, spiritual and emotional needs in local neighbourhoods.
- Build strong and lasting links with members of your local community
- Strengthen your relationship with other churches by working together
- Give training and support to your volunteers
- A cost-effective resource which can be used flexibly in different contexts
If you would like to register a team (minimum of 3 people), please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more, or use the links above to download our Brochure, Frequently Asked Questions, and Booking Form.
Jenny and the Neighbourhood Chaplains team.