Welcome to our April 2022 newsletter.

Please note our next Connect and Chat for Chaplains and volunteer counsellors will be in February on Tuesday 5th April at 7pm (link below).

Our Prayer Diary can be found on our website here.

In this months newsletter:


What are we about?

By Rev Paul Hills, Vice Chair (Peterborough) CWC

What are we about?  As, hopefully, chaplaincy at work gets going again it’s worth asking that question. There will be lots of answers about care, support, communication etc. and all will be correct. Yet chaplaincy is surely a bit more. 

I came across this poem by R.S.Thomas recently and I wonder if it speaks to chaplaincy.  It’s called “The Bright Field”

I have seen the sun break through
to illuminate a small field
for a while, and gone my way
and forgotten it.  But that was the pearl
of great price, the one field that had
the treasure in it.  I realise now
that I must give all that I have
to possess it.  Life is not hurrying

on to a receding future, nor hankering after
an imagined past.  It is the turning
aside like Moses to the miracle
of the lit bush, to a brightness
that seemed as transitory as your youth
once, but is the eternity that awaits you.

Perhaps part of a chaplain’s work is to be the one who doesn’t hurry, who has time to be a listening ear, to “loiter with intent”. In that way a “brightness” might be noted, an opportunity to live more fully might be illuminated and taken. It might be difficult to put that on a corporate spreadsheet, but it could be life changing for one person at least.


Meeting the pastoral and spiritual needs of the workplace across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough”
Cambridgeshire Workplace Chaplaincy (Charity Reg’n No. 1175654) aims to support chaplains in places of employment throughout Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and has been operating successfully for the last 5 years reaching out and helping chaplains and others in both public and private sectors.
We now have vacancies for two Trustees to help us shape future strategy and policies; and applications are sought from experienced and enthusiastic individuals who would be committed to the aims of CWC.
There are no specified formal qualifications for these posts, and although having chaplaincy experience would clearly help, other applicants could well have knowledge of and sympathy with chaplaincy work through their own experience and commitment.
These posts are voluntary and unpaid, in accordance with Charity Commission rules, but the time commitment is not onerous as we have 4 or 5 hour long meetings per year, and for the last two years during the pandemic, meetings have been held via Zoom. At the moment there no plans to meet in person as the Zoom meetings have been surprisingly successful.
If you are curious to know more, please look up our website:  where you can access a range of leader articles relevant to the role of chaplaincy today. To express an interest or to explore further please contact: and Jane Thompson will be able to send further material on what we currently do to try to meet the pastoral and spiritual needs of the workplace, and also to facilitate any applications for the posts of Trustee.
The Theory and Reality of Addiction:
Tuesday 5th April 11am online

CWC and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Healthy Workplace Service are running their next online session 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.

If you are interested in attending please email

Workplace Wellbeing Hub


We've added some articles recently to the Workplace Wellbeing Hub including:

👉 Many workers worried that revealing mental health concerns
could result in job loss

A new study claims that there are increasing issues around reporting employee wellbeing whilst hybrid working, as 95 percent of UK employees feel that their company doesn’t do enough to identify and support those with mental health concerns. 

Employees Are Sick of Being Asked to Make Moral Compromises
Moral injury, also known as the wounding of the soul, was first studied in veterans who’d witnessed atrocities of war but this has changed in recent times. The past two years have made it increasingly clear that moral injury can occur in many contexts and populations, including the workplace.

Recommended reading for your MIND


Connect and Chat
Drop in session
Tuesday 5th April 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: Apr 5, 2022 07:00 PM London
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 880 3649 9285
Passcode: 079781

Chaplaincy in and after COVID
Chaplaincy Online Symposium

Cambridgeshire Workplace Chaplaincy
and the Cambridge Theological Federation
present an 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 click the button below to book via Eventbrite:
Register for Symposium (19th May 10am-1pm)
Next ONLINE Mini Conference from Workplace Chaplaincy Mission will be held in partnership with Cambridgeshire Workplace Chaplaincy.

Wednesday 4th May, 2:00pm -3:30pm
Resilience: adapting to life and moving forwards. For workplace chaplains and anyone else interested.
Find out more and register here.
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


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 call Alastair Reid to discuss the role further 07966 217826.

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:
31 May 2022
31 August 2022
30 November 2022

For more information please see our website here 
Prayer Diary: April 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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