Chaplaincy


We have chaplains serving a number of sectors in our communities including: police, air cadets, hospitals, hospices, schools, deaf chaplaincy, prison, RAF, British Legion, army, agriculture and Felixstowe port.


To me, doing pastoral ministry to the seafarers is very important work of the church. Being with the seafarers, to let them feel that they are welcome, to listen to their stories, to share with them my stories, to laugh with them, to cry with them, to pray with them and for them is a task that I believe is very close to the heart of Jesus who himself called people working in the boat as his disciples."  Herbert Fadriquela 


I have been available to staff when they need me – to go through traumas, personal and professional.  I have taken funerals for police relatives, conducted marriage ceremonies and renewals.  Being a Police Chaplain is not without difficulties as I have watched personnel being put under pressure and being constantly posted in and out.  This results in a lack of continuity in policing action and in my ability to maintain relationships.  But I know I have had impact.  For example one constable who was considering resigning, eventually heeded my advice and is still with the force today.  I love being part of a team – the camaraderie of the police station – not to mention having a high-viz jacket over my driving seat and watching speeding drivers put on the anchors as they spot it through the rear window!  Brian Stenner


I’m privileged to be chaplain to 188 Squadron Ipswich Air Training Corps (ATC).  Although I did not have formal training for the chaplaincy role I read lots and attended study days and conferences to give me specific insights and skills. For ATC there is an Adult Volunteer Initial Training day and Safeguarding training alongside ‘Heartstart’ training that is compulsory for all adult volunteers.  I enjoy being an advocate to organisations for the provision of good chaplaincy.  I love being alongside people and seeking to ensure that the spiritual and pastoral needs of people who work in high pressure jobs are met, as best as is possible, within the resources that are available. As ATC Chaplain (or Padre) I love being with the cadets and making a difference to their lives, helping them consider the values they have signed up to, we have fun too. They are a shining example of young people.I also support the amazing staff who make it all possible.

I offer a confidential listening ear, and the opportunity to talk about the big questions in life and express complex emotions in a safe place. I am genuinely interested in them, their work and their well-being. In the ATC it is about being alongside them and as I am neither staff or cadet I am a neutral person.  This is not an easy role, there is never enough time to do as much as I would like to, and I still dream of providing chaplaincy in the community and schools.  The Revd Mary Sokanovic 


After three years of running a youth cafe, we formed a partnership with Felixstowe Academy to explore what chaplaincy might look like in a school with no-religious affiliation, and this launched as 'Academy Chaplaincy' in 2014. It has been a joy and privilege to work on our three focus areas of supporting staff and students, exploring faith and building community. The biggest challenge was not having any particular model to work from, as this type of work hadn't really been done before; but over the years, Academy Chaplaincy has become a fantastic asset to the school, the local community and described as providing 'excellent support' from Ofsted. It is a fantastic example of how churches can fully support and champion young people and their school communities.  Joshua Hunt Chaplain to Felixstowe Academy and House Leader - www.boostfelixstowe.org.uk 


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