Pioneering Community Chaplaincy in Melton Mowbray
A recent Home Mission Grant recipient in the East Midlands Baptist Association is motivated by the love of God and of all people.
A church serving, strengthening and encouraging the local community
Showing people that they are VIPs to God
The Community Chaplaincy team, pioneered and funded by Melton Mowbray Baptist Church (MMBC), supported by the other local churches, can be found in their distinctive blue hoodies around Melton each Tuesday and Wednesday where they encourage people to stop them for a chat over a cup of coffee and find out more about Christianity.
One of the regular points of contact is ‘Café Nero’ where the team meet from 10:00 to 12:00 each Wednesday providing a listening ear and spiritual support to anyone whatever their spiritual or religious beliefs.
Helen Culy from MMBC heads up the team and explains "We express God's love and concern and by being ‘Church in the community'. By doing this we aim to serve, strengthen and encourage the local community, building trust, understanding and cooperation".
One event in May 2016 found the group helping local shoppers feel like celebrities for the day. They handed out VIP golden tickets which entitled the bearers to walk on a red carpet and learn that they are a very important person to God.
The team also enjoy giving free hugs and telling people that god loves them. This often leads to conversations about faith and opportunities to pray for people.
A relatively new project, the Community Chaplaincy is hoping in its first year to establish a presence and routine of ministry within the town and find 'places of peace' that can be used as a base for chaplaincy. Building relationships with the staff and customers at ‘Café Nero’, as well as other venues in the town centre, in order that they can open up and speak to them about spiritual matters, their own faiths and Christianity.
The long term aim for the group is to become grounded and familiar within the local population of Melton Mowbray and to serve the community spiritually.
Click here to read more stories about how the money you give to Home Mission is being used to bring the love of God to communities around the country.