Chaplaincy (Pastoral, Spiritual and Religious Care)
- Offering friendship and support
- Listening to your concerns
- Helping to meet your spiritual and religious needs
The Chaplaincy Department supports the needs of the LGBT community and is happy to promote the work of the Trust's LGBT Support Group
The chapel garden is now complete and in full use. The stages of its construction can be seen here on the Chaplaincy NEWS & HAPPENINGS page.
If you haven't seen it for yourself do come along and see.
We do hope it will be a resource of peace and tranquility and a wonderful addition to the Chaplaincy facilities.
"The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer Gods heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth."
Dorothy Frances Gurney
Lord God, make yourself known to me as I enter the hospital.
Help me to adjust to this new way of life.
Give me gratitude for those who care for me,
compassion for those in the ward with me, and love for them all.
John Gunstone (adapted)
In the Chaplaincy we have the Chaplaincy Team who visit the patients. They listen and help each person to feel valued. This care can make a great deal of difference to patients who have a chance to reflect on their lives and also on their experience of hospital.
One of our volunteers came back recently and told us about 2 patients. These people had much in common as they had similar backgrounds and had had the same operation and prognosis. One however was full of bitterness and regret. He focused on how unfair it was that he should have to endure this horrible experience. The other patient was also uncomfortable, but he reflected on all that was good in his life and his gratitude for the treatment he had received. He was a much happier man.
I dont know if we can control our emotional reactions to lifes challenges, but I do know it makes a difference if we can be thankful for the blessings in our lives and accept that some things we cannot change.
God, Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can and Wisdom to know the difference. AMEN
Help us, O Lord, never to nurse the grievance that separates us from you and from one another. Grant us grace to forgive those who have wronged us. May we know that no sin is so great that it cannot be confessed; no wound so deep it cannot be healed and no sinner so lost that grace cannot bring them home. Amen.
William Booth (1829-1912)
A PRAYER FOR THOSE WHO SUFFER:
Lord we bring before you all who suffer, especially those whose ailments are concealed. Pour out upon them your healing love; surround the frightened with your tenderness; give strength to those in pain; hold the weak in your arms of love; and give hope and patience to those who are recovering. In your name we pray. AMEN
A prayer from the Rochester diocese & Christine McMullen (adapted)
(NB. All prayers once removed from this page will appear on our 'Prayer Page' which can be accessed from the Department Menu at the top left of this page) .
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Contact DetailsMain Telephone Number: 01603 287470
Alternative Telephone Number: 01603 287083
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Find UsThe department is located on Level 1 in the Centre Block
Please use the In-patients East & Centre entrance/s and follow the signs to Chapel
If you are coming by car and need to park, the closest carpark/s are K, L, M
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