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A Thought from a Chaplain

A series of thoughts and reflections from the Chaplains and Trustees of KWM

Thursday 13th December 2018

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From David Slater, Chaplain at the Port of Dover, Eurotunnel and to the Dover RNLI station, KWM Trustee

The run up to Christmas is a busy time for all chaplains, especially those in retail, high streets, travel or emergency services. Not only are the direct staff in our areas extra busy, and extra stressed, but they have far more customers around, some of whom come to us in a variety of ways. There are also special services in and around the workplace, to say nothing about events and services in our own churches [how have I got the Christingle service, my call is the workplace, I don't do children!] but the casual meetings do give us the opportunity to direct people to Christmas services. Meeting with you may not be a Damascus Road event for them, but it could be the first seed the Lord wants planting to set them on a road to faith.

It is all too easy in the middle of all this busy-ness to lose sight of Christ in the centre of the chaos; we need to find time for Him, as well as ourselves, in between the pressing questions, emails or phone calls. We do need to keep our eyes and ears open to spot those who are suffering stress at this time. It may be remembering past tragedies in their lives that are triggered by the tinsel and trees or it may be current over-work, worries over the family, finances, redundancies (or ‘right-sizing’) driven by national as well as local situations.

In my own area we are still having redundancies due in part to costs from extra travel security. The lifeboat crew are all volunteers but many are getting tired with the large number of shouts (more in the 11 months to November than any full year in the past) - mostly recently looking for migrants in small boats.
As chaplains we have to be impartial, but it is very difficult to minister to those experiencing pain or loss due to the activities of current, or recent, migrant groups when the church is seen providing support and blessing memorials to them, and we are perceived as a part of the problem.

Ignoring the politics, international, national or church, we have to be there as the front line to be with those in need of Christ’s love over the Christmas season.

Wherever you minister may I pray that you have a blessed and peaceful time.
Amen

David Slater

dkslater@kentworkplacemission.org