Connecting Chaplains

There are a number of events and opportunities for chaplains to connect to one another – at the moment these are all offered online. Chaplains can share their experiences, offer mutual support and pray together. Anyone involved in chaplaincy is welcome to be part of these, whether you are lay or ordained, work full- or part-time, paid or unpaid, Methodist or not. You may not even have the official title ‘chaplain’ but find yourself in a role that involves elements of chaplaincy. You are welcome to share in these.

Many of these events are offered in collaboration with other organisations or different parts of the Methodist connexion. Even though some of the events are hosted by particular regions or localities, they are offered for the whole connexion and open to chaplains across the UK.


Connexional Gathering for Chaplains

Quarterly Zoom hosted by Ministries: Vocations and Worship Team and Southern and Islands Region 

This UK-wide quarterly event is open to anyone involved in chaplaincy. Together we connect with God, connect with the chaplaincy issues, and connect with each other. At these events, there is an opportunity to pray together, hear from some chaplains about a particular topic in chaplaincy, and then share together with others involved in chaplaincy.

Next event: Tuesday 5th October 2021, 5.00pm - 6.30pm
Topic: Just good friends? How can chaplains and their sending churches nurture and maintain healthy and supportive relationships?

  • Connecting with God
    There'll be some time for devotions.
  • Connecting with the issues
    We'll connect with an issue that's relevant.
  • Connecting with each other
    A good amount of our time together will be in small breakout rooms where you will have an opportunity to connect with other chaplains and reflect on the theme of the event.

Booking information can be found here

Click here for videos from a recent Connexional Gathering for Chaplains event 


Connecting Chaplains Facebook Group

Anyone involved in chaplaincy is welcome to join.
Click here to join


Take Time for Chaplains

Weekly Zoom hosted by Ministries: Vocations and Worship Team and Clive McKie from Take Time

Based on the Revised Common Lectionary Gospel reading, these guided meditations are inspired by Ignatian Spirituality and Mindfulness.

Each meditation takes you to a different episode from a gospel. It allows you to picture yourself there and gives you space to engage with Jesus. The meditation will last less than 15 minutes, and finish at 1.00pm. For those who wish to stay on to 1.30pm, there will be a guided opportunity, to share and listen to the experiences of others.

Each Monday at 12.45pm – 1.00pm or 1.30pm (Starting 12th April 2021)
Click here to register and receive Zoom link


Chaplaincy Tea/Coffee and Chat Opportunities

Opportunities for those involved in chaplaincy to pop along and meet other chaplains, talk about their work (or anything else that may be of interest), share stories, offer mutual support, chat about issues that affect chaplaincy and learn from one another. There’s no agenda to these and you can come for as long as you like and engage in a way that you are comfortable with. They are intended to connect chaplains who are involved in similar activities and we hope that everyone finds a place where they feel at home (some might even find more than one). These are not fixed, so as our work develops, we might find there’s opportunities to offer other sessions.

Agricultural Chaplaincy Monthly Zoom hosted by Ministries: Vocations and Worship Team and Cumbria District Agricultural Chaplaincy
Second Wednesday in the month, 11.00am – 12.00pm
Click here to register and receive Zoom link

Community/Pioneer ChaplaincyMonthly Zoom hosted by Ministries: Vocations and Worship Team and Yorkshire Plus Region
First Tuesday in the month, 3.00pm – 4.00pm
Click here to register and receive Zoom link 

Healthcare ChaplaincyWeekly Zoom hosted by Free Churches Group
Alternates between Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays, 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Contact Meg Burton for further details

Higher Education Chaplaincy Monthly Zoom hosted by Ministries: Vocations and Worship Team and London District Chaplaincy
First Wednesday in the month, 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm
Click here to register and receive Zoom link

Twice-weekly Zoom hosted by Free Churches Group
Mondays, 10.00am – 11.00am and Thursdays, 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Click here for more details and Zoom links

Later Life ChaplaincyMonthly Zoom hosted by Ministries: Vocations and Worship Team and MHA
First Tuesday in the month, 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Click here to register and receive Zoom link

Prisons Chaplaincy Weekly Zoom hosted by Free Churches Group
Tuesdays, 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Contact Bob Wilson for further details

Schools/FE ChaplaincyRegular Zoom hosted by Methodist Academies and Schools Trust
Contact Barbara Easton for further details

Weekly Zoom hosted by Centre for Chaplaincy in Education
Wednesdays, 2.00pm
Click here for details and Zoom link

Workplace Chaplaincy Monthly Zoom hosted by Ministries: Vocations and Worship Team, Workplace Chaplaincy Mission UK and an experienced workplace chaplain
First Wednesday in the month, 11.00am – 12.00pm
Click here to register and receive Zoom link


Online Groups

These online groups are run by various organisations and individuals and may be useful in connecting with other chaplains.

Methodist HE Chaplains (Facebook Group)

Methodists involved in School Chaplaincy (Facebook Group)

Churches Higher Education Liaison Group Chaplain’s Discussion Board (Facebook Group)


If you have any feedback, comments or suggestions about any of our work connecting chaplains, please email us.


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