CIGB’s (Churches and Industry Group) ‘be.friend’ Birmingham City Centre Retail Chaplaincy are organising for a pop-up Chaplaincy service to the staff and stall holders of the Frankfurt Christmas Market. Many staff work very long hours and are away from Germany, Romania and Poland for several weeks. The work can be stressful, with both quiet times and very busy times. Chaplains provide listening and befriending, and can provide pointers to further assistance. It can be hard for workers to remember what Christmas is all about.
Elaine Hutchinson, be.friend Team Leader, ran a Chaplaincy trial at the Christmas Market last year and it was welcomed both by the stall workers and the management. The Chaplaincy Team have information leaflets translated into both Polish and German so that people know exactly what the chaplaincy offers. Elaine is looking for further chaplaincy volunteers for the six weeks from 15th November who might, for instance, be able to give a couple of hours a week. Polish, Romanian and German speakers would be very welcome!
If you’re interested there’s a Volunteers Introductory Meeting on Monday 5th November 2018 at The Church at Carrs Lane at 10.30.am. Contact Elaine at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.