Cover photo by Yoal Desurmont
Days and times of Services
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
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Lunchtime Services will resume when the pandemic situation improves sufficiently
If you would like to join our Chaplaincy Team as a volunteer, please download this form, and return it to us when completed.
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.
Thought for the week
Restoring and healing God,
thank you for medical workers everywhere,
embodying sacrificial love in these challenging times
putting the welfare of others before their own
staying away from their family and loved ones
comforting the concerned and bereaved
reassuring the anxious and vulnerable
working to heal and restore people who are ill.
Be their guide, strength, wisdom and hope.
and Spiritual 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.
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.
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 on a day-to-day basis
As members of the multidisciplinary team, the chaplains are here to offer a listening ‘ear’ and emotional support in all circumstances pertaining to the patients' personal, on-going 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 on-going support.
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 to families and friends, are also celebrated in memory of the bereaved. Printed leaflets will give further information.
Prayer Diary / bookmark
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
Wisdom and inspiration
"My religion is simple, My religion is kindness"
"Love your neighbour as yourself"
"Fear not. What is not real, never was and never will be. What is real, always was and cannot be destroyed"
"Love all, with sincere love and concern"
"By three things is the world sustained: justice, truth and peace"
Previous Thoughts for the week
A Christmas Prayer
May starlight guide your steps towards the place of wonder.
May angels sing their news as you walk towards the manger.
May promise fill these days as we watch at the edge of birth.
May faith tell you Emmanuel will be with us soon, in human skin.
Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus!
Bringing Christmas in...
I began to look for real signs of Christmas on the High Street,
while waiting during Advent for Christmas to come.
I looked for a long time in vain, or so I thought!
Then at last I saw a sign.
It was hanging over a pub in Old Ford, in the East End.
Life there is not as dramatic as in the Old Vic in Eastenders but it is just as challenging.
The pub signs heralds the coming of Christ.
The hand on it belongs to the angel Gabriel who in sacred art is depicted as announcing to Mary that she is chosen.
The lily handed to Mary also symbolises her role as the Mother of Christ.
And so, let us remember that God and humanity is found in the market place
and in the stillness of our hearts as we watch and wait.
There is a piece of light in all of us:
There is a piece of light in all of us, maybe hidden or buried with pain,
perhaps pushed in the corner by others.
It is even there in the arrogant, the spiteful, the mean, those who insult others, those who denigrate humanity, those who are unwilling to forgive.
One single candle lights a little dark space, two even more so and three!
Many candles light a world full of people desperately in need of each other’s glow. Each lone light makes us stronger when we all stand together.
Seen or unseen, the light is there, ready to kindle, eager to expand,
refusing to be tightly contained. When the tiniest space, the tiniest crack appears, it quickly emerges, floods outward, illuminating the darkest of places.
A prayer, a wish, a hope for the Second Week of Advent:
It gets darker much earlier. I don’t like this deep, foreboding darkness.
The Light is coming.
I keep looking down, trying not to stumble and fall
The Light is coming.
I don’t know what to expect.
I am pressured on all sides to be here or there and to do this or that. I have no time, no peace, no hope.
The Light is coming. Look up! Do not be afraid.
But if I look up, I might stumble.
I don’t know what’s ahead for me.
The Light is coming. Do not be afraid.
Where is the light?
It is here, in our path, our hearts and in our souls.
Let me see and feel the presence of that light.
Trust in the Light. Wait, watch, it is here.
A prayer for Advent and World AIDS Day:
God of Hope,
All of us who are affected by HIV/AIDS ask for a new heart.
As we begin the new Season of Advent this Sunday,
We give thanks for signs of hope,
For growing understanding
For medical advances For changing attitudes and behavior
For greater awareness and concern. God of Unity, bind us together with strong ties of love that Mildmay UK may be a place where all can find acceptance.
May it be a place of welcome for all affected by HIV/AIDS.
May it be a place where care is given and received,
Where stories are told and heard,
Where fear is overcome by love,
Where all give and receive love and respect.
“To all men and women of good will, we say: let us become creative artisans of peace, let us build social friendship, let us make our own the culture of dialogue.
Honest, persistent and courageous dialogue is the antidote to distrust, division and violence. Dialogue dismantles at the outset the arguments for wars that destroy the fraternity to which our human family is called.
No one can feel exempted from this. All of us have a shared responsibility. All of us need to forgive and to be forgiven. The injustices of the world and of history are not healed by hatred and revenge, but by dialogue and forgiveness.
May we be inspired to commit ourselves to these ideals and to the journey we would be making together as heralds of peace.”
The Serenity Prayer
"God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.
"Hope regards problems, small and large, as opportunities”
Volunteer for Mildmay as a chaplain - download an application form
If you feel 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.
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