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What is Neighbourhood Chaplains?
Neighbourhood Chaplains is a new scheme being developed by Counties. The National launch is planned for 2017. 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 includes a three session training course, where volunteers 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.
Martin Erwin, CEO at Counties, said, The
aim is to show the love of Jesus in both
word and action. It gives local churches
the tools to connect their community
projects (such as CAP, food banks,
parents and toddlers, coffee mornings,
etc. with the vast numbers of lonely
people in the UK. It will offer a friendly
face through a regular visit, a listening
ear and helping hands.’
Duncan Murray, our Community Pastor.
Barb and Duncan at work in the church office.