Chaplaincy to the tourism industry:
A chaplain is a person who is: “among people, with people, for people, providing a caring listening ear” to the stories people want to share - about their work, their families, their life, maybe their worries, and even sometimes about God. It’s about being present, being available, being where we are invited, not imposing our ideas on others in any way, just showing love and care towards all.
Deacon Maggie Patchett is working to develop a chaplaincy service to those working in tourism in the South Lakes.
Currently concentrating on visiting hotels, cafes, B&Bs etc in and around Ambleside, Windermere and Bowness, but open to requests from elsewhere, we provide a listening ear, a shoulder to lean on, someone to turn to, with no other expectations.
This is an ecumenical initiative, supported by all the churches in the area. We continue to slowly grow and develop our coverage around the area, building relationships with some of the staff, owners and managers in a variety of establishments. We are also expanding our team of volunteers chaplains, who each call in on a few B&Bs, cafes or hotels, getting to know the people working in these places.
But we really could do with more
help! Volunteers are trained and supported, and can offer as few
or as many hours a week as they are comfortable with. It’s about
getting to know people, being willing to listen, and providing an
independent ear, as and when others need to share their joys and
concerns – about family, work, life, anything!
To download our information leaflet click here
B&B Fellowship Group: We have a small group of Christians who run B&Bs and miss getting to church on a Sunday morning and feel the need to meet with other believers – those who come really appreciate this time together. We meet together on a monthly basis for a time of led reflection and fellowship. The venue varies but we share lifts.
Contact Maggie by clicking here to send a message if you would like to join us, or want more information.
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This year we have been offered a free stand at the Lakes Hospitality Association trade show next month. Maggie will be there, with others, explaining the role of chaplaincy in the workplace through her role in Chaplaincy to the Tourist Industry.
What a wonderful way to spread the word about the vital role that an independent, listening ear can provide in your business, especially for international workers who are away from their usual support network.