The vision is to have a Christian chaplain, ordained or lay (from member churches of the World Council of Churches and/or Churches Together in Britain and Ireland) available for all involved in Alabaré. Alabaré, an ecumenical Christian Charity, is inclusive and welcomes people of all faiths and none. Chaplains across all our homes and services offer the following:
- Pastoral care and listening
- Care through the Spirituality initiative: Self Discovery through Life Conversations
- Support in faith development in the homes/services and in accessing local churches
- Prayer for, with, and alongside all involved in Alabaré.
- In addition, Chaplains are encouraged to bring their own specific gifting and interests to their role eg sport, hospitality, gardening. Through such activities trust is built up and this enhances the opportunity to offer quality chaplaincy.
- An active liaison for Alabaré with local church communities.
Chaplains are supported by local managers and become an integral part of the local team through invitations to team and house meetings, and access to minutes of meetings.
Chaplains receive regular pastoral supervision with the Senior Chaplain that is tailored towards the exploration of key issues that impact them in their role. Further opportunities for theological reflection, learning and sharing in a community of practising Chaplains happens three times a year as we gather for a day of resourcing at Riverside House in Salisbury.
Chaplains access the professional development opportunities offered for Alabaré volunteers, and are expected to undertake several e-learning modules including Safe Guarding.
All those interested in exploring volunteer chaplaincy should contact the Senior Chaplain, The Rev’d Keith Thomasson (email@example.com 07500 788 148)