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Welcome to our March 2022 newsletter.

Please note our next Connect and Chat for Chaplains and volunteer counsellors will be in February on Tuesday 1st March at 7pm (link below).

Our Prayer Diary can be found on our website here.


In this months newsletter:

FOR WORKPLACE CHAPLAINS:

How was it for you?

By Canon Professor Clive Morton, Vice Chair (Peterborough) CWC
 
As I write this we have had an announcement from the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, proclaiming the end of Covid restrictions with an aspiration of ‘returning to normal’. A time for celebration, wariness or reflection? Probably all three!

CWC trustees have been discussing how we can capture experience and learn from the last two years of pandemic and how the pandemic has affected the work of chaplains. It is clear that all chaplains have had to adapt to new ways of working – often with workplaces shut and many employees working from home, imaginative ideas and practices have emerged to enable chaplains to keep in touch with colleagues and employees. CWC mounted a help line for chaplains and employees to keep in touch, and in keeping with most of the solutions devised, communications went digital. Who had ever heard of Zoom or Teams before 2020?

CWC is not the only chaplaincy organisation that is reflecting on the last two years’ experience. In January more than 120 people involved in chaplaincy gathered from across Baptist Together for an online chaplains’ day. Every chaplaincy sector was represented, from health, prisons and higher education, to the military, police, sport and other workplace settings.

In the first session, nine chaplains shared two-minute stories of what and how they had seen God at work in the recent season. Time was then spent in small groups in breakout rooms, listening to the stories of chaplaincy colleagues and praying for each other. In an evening session, Rosa Hunt, co-principal of Cardiff Baptist College, gave a keynote address on “Desire and disorientation”. This explored those moments when the innate spirituality of people becomes apparent even in what might otherwise be considered secular space.

This news of chaplains getting together to reflect on the last two years is encouraging, because your trustees have been planning an online symposium for chaplains in the Eastern Region for May 2022 with Rev Dr Andrew Todd (Senior Lecturer and Director of the Professional Doctorate in Practical Theology Anglia Ruskin University and Cambridge Theological Federation) to address two important questions for chaplaincy:

  • What has been the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on chaplaincy in the region?
  • How has chaplaincy adapted in the light of the pandemic, including in innovative ways?

This will be an opportunity for all those involved in chaplaincy in the region to meet together, to share insights arising from the last two years, support each other, and to learn how these insights might shape the future development of chaplaincy.

So, please watch this space – we will be publishing more details on the symposium as planning develops, and if you have ideas on the formation of this day and topics to be covered, please do say!

CWC and Healthy Workplaces partnering to run regular  Resilience events in 2022

CWC and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Healthy Workplace Service are running regular online sessions as part of the 'Resilience for Mind, Body, Soul and Purse' Programme with sessions aimed at business owners, employers and managers to support their own resilience and that of their teams.

Next Webinar: 5th April 11am

Different guest speakers take part in each session, examining the different areas of resilience and wellbeing. The next webinar will be on 5th April and if you are interested in attending, or perhaps in being a guest speaker please email healthyworkplace@everyonehealth.co.uk
Resources for faith communities to mark HM The Queen's Platinum Jubilee year in 2022

The Church of England have published resources designed to help churches and faith communities. More information can be found here.

Faith is an important part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations
Over the seven decades of the monarch’s reign, Britain has evolved from an overwhelmingly Christian society to a multi-faith one, while we have also seen a shift to a more complex tapestry of secularism and belief. Read the full article here
Interested in learning about #interfaith relations? A number of Inter Faith Network for the UK Member bodies provide opportunities, from academic degrees to freestanding modules and talks, e.g. Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme
Woolf Institute and Sion Centre for Dialogue and Encounter

Workplace Wellbeing Hub

 

Have you checked out our recommended reading section on topics related to your mental health? Topics like:

👉 How to promote wellbeing and tackle the causes of work-related mental health problems via Mind 
💡 What will mental wellbeing in the workplace look like in 2022?
⭐ How To Promote Mental Wellbeing In The Workplace

PLUS more articles added every month....

Recommended reading for your MIND
Recommended reading for your BODY
Recommended reading for your SOUL

FOR WORKPLACE CHAPLAINS

Connect and Chat
Drop in session
Tuesday 1st March 7pm 2022


All are welcome to join our informal drop-in session for workplace chaplains, volunteer chaplains and counsellors. 

Topic: Connect and Chat - drop in session for Chaplains
Time: Mar 1, 2022 07:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88036499285?pwd=SDZnajNibHpTVGxjdmlVUXNEbmljZz09

Meeting ID: 880 3649 9285
Passcode: 079781


*****SAVE THE DATE*****

 
Cambridgeshire Workplace Chaplaincy
and the Cambridge Theological Federation
present:


Chaplaincy in and after COVID
Chaplaincy Online Symposium

Thursday 19th May 2022 10am-1pm


Cambridgeshire Workplace Chaplaincy and the Cambridge Theological Federation have joined together to offer an online symposium for chaplains in the Eastern Region, to address two important questions for chaplaincy:
  • What has been the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on chaplaincy in the region?
  • How has chaplaincy adapted in the light of the pandemic, including in innovative ways?
This is an opportunity for all those involved in chaplaincy in the region to meet together, to share insights arising from the last two years and to learn how these might shape the future development of chaplaincy

This event is for chaplains in all settings and from all faiths and beliefs.

To register for this event please email: Kate Williams (University Liaison Officer ARU Programmes, Cambridge Theological Federation), arudegrees@theofed.cam.ac.uk
 


Interesting online webinars and conference covering spirituality, chaplaincy, religious topics, wellbeing and mental health and workplace trends:

Architecture and Spaces of Healing, Downing College, University of Cambridge, 10 March from 12 pm

Mindfulness Music Session, Hughes Hall, Cambridge, 11 March 6pm

Wellbeing Forum "Diet & Nutrition" by Chaplaincy Plus, online wellbeing session, Wednesday 16th March, 12:30


Self-criticism: Does it help, or get in the way? Homerton Changemakers, Homerton College Cambridge, 22 Mar 10am

Widening access to End of Life Care, Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, Cambridge, 25 Mar 10:30

Arts for Health and Wellbeing - Why Art?
, Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge, 27 April 6pm

Relax, Restore, Reset with Breathwork and Sound Healing, Storey's Field Centre, Cambridge, 14 May 10am

Colonialism and Power in the Church of England, Cambridgeshire Theological Federation, 17 May 2pm
 
An invitation to join a…
 
Julian Meeting

 
Peterborough: Park Road Baptist Church
 
(Geneva Street / side entrance – please ring bell)
 
7.30 pm, first Monday of the month (except Bank Holidays)
 
Contact: Florence Morton (07702 341041)
 
 
Crowland: The Abbey
 
11.00 am, second Monday of the month
 
Contact: Fiona Elliott (07799 768458)
 
 
Named after St. Julian of Norwich and part of a national network, this is an opportunity to join a small group for contemplative prayer in a relaxed and informal context
 
If interested, please contact the relevant convenor or www.thejulianmeetings.net

Have you taken a look at the range of events happening at Peterborough Cathedral? A regular range of creative sessions, music, reflection and lent lunches all taking place. Read the full listing for March onwards here

If you're a man looking for a safe space to chat or know someone who would appreciate this please tell them about Andy's Man Club who have clubs in Huntingdon and Peterborough.

WANTED - CAN YOU HELP?
We're looking for an active Chaplain (non-healthcare) to be interviewed as part of a Symposium
19th May 2022 10am-1pm


Are you a an active Workplace Chaplain working in industry or retail? Would you be happy to take part in our symposium and to be interviewed about your experience during Covid as a Chaplain? Please email us via info@cambsworkplacechaplaincy.org.uk


PART-TIME WORKPLACE CHAPLAIN (VOLUNTEER) REQUIRED
FOR SWISS LAUNDRY, PAPWORTH EVERARD (TYPICALLY ONE AFTERNOON PER WEEK)


Due to a Chaplain retiring from some duties we are seeking a Chaplain who can support staff at this busy, friendly business in Papworth Everard. If you have time to support others please email Alastair Reid to discuss the role further: alastair.reid@cambsworkplacechaplaincy.org.uk

Did you attend our Stop Suicide Training session last year that we ran with CPSL Mind?


If so you may be interested in the new STOP Suicide Community of Practice which CPSL Mind are launching in March...
 
When you attended our STOP Suicide Training, we talked about our ambition to keep the conversation going through developing a new space where we can keep connected, share experiences of asking about suicide if we are concerned about someone and build a ‘suicide safer community’. 
 
We will be holding Community of Practice meetings each quarter and it will be a combination of learning from each other, hearing from speakers, and networking. Our first session will be on 16th March form 12-1.30pm via Teams. Hopefully, as the year progresses, we will also be able to host some face to face sessions as well!
 
Please join us for our first Community of Practice session on the 16th March by emailing Kate.Beed@cpslmind.org.uk to book your place.
 
We are very much looking forward to reconnecting again and developing our Community of Practice together
 
Kate Beed
Head of EDI and Engagement
Kate.Beed@cpslmind.org.uk

Volunteers Wanted


Why not join our Garden House Crew on the 2nd Saturday of each month for 2 hours in the morning (10am-12pm) to help ensure the smooth running of the centre?

We’ll be cleaning, decorating, restocking, moving furniture around, gardening and much more. No specific skills required.

Working alongside the homeless, this is a real opportunity to make a tangible difference.

Free tea, coffee and snacks supplied! Join us regularly or for a one off morning.

We’re also looking for someone to join our Garden House volunteer team for alternate Tuesday afternoons.

Our volunteers welcome our rough sleeper guests, make drinks and light refreshments, keep the serving area clean and tidy, complete paperwork and create a friendly welcoming environment.

The afternoon session is 1.00 – 4.30.

Please telephone 01733 560031 or email julie.gibson@lightprojectpeterborough.org.uk if you can help.


Bursary Scheme 


Our Bursary Scheme is open to workplace chaplains operating in Cambridgeshire. 

The purpose of the Fund is to provide financial support to chaplains who are seeking to attend a conference, training course or retreat that will enhance their ministry as workplace chaplains.

Grants of up to £500 are available for each successful application. No requests for bursaries to cover accommodation expenses, where these are in addition to the course or retreat fees, will be considered. Funding rounds for 2022 are:
28 February 2022
31 May 2022
31 August 2022
30 November 2022

For more information please see our website here 
Prayer Diary: March 2022
Download our prayer diary to give focus to each day. Featuring different faith festivals, national awareness days and thoughtful prayers.
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