Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care

Like most hospital settings, we offer chaplaincy support and our voluntary chaplains, although at present are drawn from various Christian churches, will endeavour to ensure that all our clients/patients pastoral needs are met.

We agree wholeheartedly with Mildmay’s Vision and Mission statement: "that they may have life and have it in all its fullness" (John 10:10). Our main focus is to offer spiritual, pastoral, emotional and religious care to patients, clients, their families and friends, volunteers and visitors.

Our Hospital’s Foundation is Christian, thus ensuring that we welcome and respond to the needs of persons of all faiths and of none. In short, the chaplaincy presence touches all aspects of life at Mildmay, as the wellbeing of all individuals is our concern.

Our approach is distinctively inclusive, ensuring we enjoy working relationships with all at Mildmay, based on the knowledge that all persons are spiritual though not all are specifically religious. All our services are patient-centred and take into consideration their cultural, social and religious backgrounds.

Those we have cared for over the years have described how this faith has lent an extra dimension to our care, and it remains central to who we are as a charity.

We network and form helpful links with other faith-based organisations where appropriate.

 

Days and times of services

9.30am Zoom Prayer:
  • Wednesdays

  • Thursdays and

  • Fridays

Lunchtime Services will resume when the pandemic situation improves sufficiently.

Follow this link to join:

  • Meeting ID: 213 480 3406,

  • Password: chaplain

 

The chaplaincy team

If you would like to have a chat with a chaplain friend, please ask a nurse, care assistant or a member of staff to contact us, or do so yourself. We are usually present Mondays-Fridays between 8am-4pm. We may be available other times by appointment.

If you are willing, please fill in part of or all of the information required on the ‘tree cards’ which you will find on the ward or at the entrance to the hospital or chapel.

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Lead Chaplain, Bernie Devine SP. (Catholic Sister)

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Stan Blacklock (Anglican parishioner)

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Pauline Chambers (Catholic parishioner)

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Patrick Gormley (Catholic parishioner)

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Rev. Munasimenda Kanyama (Seventh Day Sabbath Priest)

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Father Jide Macaulay (Anglican Priest)

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Vicki Rawding (Born again Christian)

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Rev. Paul Rout OFM (Franciscan Catholic Priest)

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Barry Rowan (Anglican)

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Kenneth Van Heerden, Zeo Church / Catholic

If you would like to have a chat with a chaplain friend, please ask a nurse, care assistant, or staff member to contact us, or get in touch yourself. We are usually present Mondays-Fridays between 8am-4pm. We may be available other times by appointment.

If you are willing, please fill in part of or all of the information required on the ‘tree cards’ which you will find on the ward or at the entrance to the hospital or chapel.

During these COVID times, chaplains are not able to go on the wards, but we can telephone/email/zoom if you have given us your contact details. Or, we can meet with you individually on the ground floor of the Hospital. 

Our chaplains are here to offer a 'listening ear’ in all circumstances, including end-of-life care
 

What we do day-to-day

As part of Mildmay's multidisciplinary team, the chaplains are here to offer a listening ‘ear’ and emotional support in all circumstances pertaining to the patients' personal, ongoing and end-of-life care, as well as all who come to Mildmay.

 

We endeavour to contribute to the general life and development of Mildmay whilst maintaining good communication by treating everyone with the utmost respect. 

We meet with others in one-to-ones and in groups, when appropriate. Other responsibilities include preparing, animating and leading chapel services while maintaining the chapel as a sacred space for peace and tranquillity.

 

Clients who have been discharged and are returning to their communities are linked to their local churches, Mosques, Temples and other local groups to ensure they are given ongoing support.

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Read Ada's story and find out how she was helped by our Chaplains
 

Chaplaincy news

 

Thought for the week

I Believe I Can Fly

R Kelly

I used to think that I could not go on
And life was nothing but an awful song
But now I know the meaning of true love
I'm leaning on the everlasting arms
If I can see it, then I can do it
If I just believe it, there's nothing to it
I believe I can fly
I believe I can touch the sky
I think about it every night and day
Spread my wings and fly away
I believe I can soar
I see me running through that open door
I believe I can fly
I believe I can fly
I believe I can fly (woo)


See I was on the verge of breaking down
Sometimes silence can seem so loud
There are miracles in life I must achieve
But first I know it starts inside of me, ho-oh
If I can see it (woo), then I can be it
If I just believe it, there's nothing to it
I believe I can fly
I believe I can touch the sky
I think about it every night and day
Spread my wings and fly away
I believe I can soar
I see me running through that open door
I believe I can fly
I believe I can fly
Oh, I believe I can fly (woo)


Hey, 'cause I believe in me
Ohh

If I can see it (woo), then I can do it (I can do it)
If I just believe it, there's nothing to it (hey!)
I believe I can fly (woo!)
I believe I can touch the sky
I think about it every night and day
Spread my wings and fly away
I believe I can soar
I see me running through that open door
I believe I can fly (I can fly)
I believe I can fly (I can fly)
I believe I can fly (I can fly)
Hey, if I just spread my wings (I can fly)
I can fly (I can fly)
I can fly (I can fly)
I can fly, hey (I can fly)
If I just spread my wings (I can fly)
I can fly (I can fly, I can fly)
(Woo!) (I can fly)
Fly-eye-eye

 

Photo by Gary Bendig

 
 

Chaplaincy contact details

The Chaplain

Mildmay Mission Hospital

19 Tabernacle Gardens

London

E2 7DZ

Bereavement care

Caring for those who are making their final journey in life, together with their loved ones, is an essential characteristic of a humane society, religious or otherwise.

We are here to assist during the painful, traumatic process of bereavement. The chaplaincy team will offer or arrange prayer and counselling, religious rites and practices appropriate to your particular faith group, and if requested, ongoing bereavement support. Our chaplains, if asked, will take funeral services.

Memorial Services, at a time convenient time for families and friends, are also celebrated in memory of the bereaved.

 
 
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The Chapel

Our dedicated chapel welcomes all people. This is a tranquil space for periods of prayer or silence as well as for religious service and contemplation. It is open for all to use with a small allocated space for persons of other faiths.

Our chaplaincy team includes members from many different Christian denominations. We maintain strong links with the local community and can organise the services of local religious leaders from the Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu communities.

 

Wisdom and inspiration

"My religion is simple, My religion is kindness"

Buddhism

"Love your neighbour as yourself"

Christianity

"Fear not. What is not real, never was and never will be. What is real, always was and cannot be destroyed"

Hinduism

"Love all, with sincere love and concern"

Islam

"By three things is the world sustained: justice, truth and peace"

Judaism

 

Prayer Diary/bookmark

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About twice a year, we produce the Mildmay Prayer Diary. This has information and news on projects, causes and our upcoming events that are in need of your prayer support.

We can let you have copies for your church as well, so if you would like to be sent our next prayer diary, please let us know by email.

Download the Winter 2020 Prayer Diary / Bookmark

 

Volunteer for Mildmay as a chaplain

If you feel you have the calling to join our Chaplaincy Team as a volunteer, please download the application form and return it to us when completed.

You can download a Word version, to fill in on your screen and return easily by email, or a pdf version to print out and fill in by hand and either email or post back to us. All the information you need is on the form.

Download an application form

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Download, print, complete by hand and post it back to us (or scan it and email it).

Download, complete onscreen and return by email.