Church of England Chaplains minister in a range of institutions. We work with schools, academies, partner charities, businesses, organisations and local churches.
Every day across the Diocese our Chaplains serve in different ways specific to their local context and situation.
Most chaplains are employed by the organisations within which they serve, but some are employed by the Diocese directly. Others are voluntary and they may be lay or ordained. Chaplains come from all denominations and traditions. In many ways their ministry is like that of a parish minister, but instead of being based within a parish they are building spiritual life in secular institutions.
Being part of an organisation or business gives chaplains a unique understanding of its culture and ethos and enables them to live the Gospel there in the most effective way.
Two main areas of chaplaincy within the Diocese of Bristol are within institutions of further and higher education.
The Diocese of Bristol is committed to equipping, supporting and flying the flag for chaplaincy provision within Further Education colleges in the region and nationally.
Further Education is a growing, diverse and complex sector of education. Every year around three million people of all ages study in English colleges towards qualifications ranging from entry level certificates to foundation degrees.
The Diocese of Bristol is always looking to develop FE Chaplaincy and we welcome people who wish to get involved. There are three main ways in which you can engage:
- Commit to praying for the work of chaplaincy in Further Education colleges in the Diocese of Bristol
- Consider financing this ministry through a one off or regular commitment
- Prayerfully consider becoming a chaplain in one of our partner colleges
University of Bristol
The Chaplaincy at the University of Bristol has worked ecumenically for many years, and in 2006 it was reconstituted as a Multifaith Chaplaincy. It is now based in a well-resourced Chaplaincy Centre in the main precinct of the University, and aims to be a place of welcome, offering pastoral and spiritual support to all members of the University, regardless of their religious commitment. There are regular events and activities providing opportunities to explore or deepen particular faiths as well as to engage with those of other faiths.
The Multifaith Chaplaincy is resourced by a diverse team of full and part-time chaplains and faith contacts, representing Judaism, Islam and Buddhism as well as many Christian denominations. As well as being supported by its constituent faith communities, it is also very much part of the University, and works closely with the other Student Services departments.
University of the West of England
Faith and Spirituality at the University of the West of England is a fully integrated component of the University’s Student Services. Students and staff have the benefit of a wonderful building, ‘The Octagon’, providing excellent facilities and resources at the heart of the Frenchay campus.
Today, The Octagon is home to a team of staff who collaborate in enriching the Student Experience at UWE in three key areas: Volunteering, International Student Support and Faith and Spirituality.
The Octagon continues to meet the needs of staff and students at UWE with regard to Faith and Spirituality but, over the years, has evolved to respond more effectively to the diverse faiths and cultures that are represented at UWE and also support those of no specific faith who still value the quiet space, pastoral conversation, practical help and specialist advice offered by our staff and volunteers. This is particularly evident in the relationships that are nurtured here between international students and home students and the many opportunities for students to be involved in a wide range of volunteering projects in the local community.