Registered Charity: 1105783
Kent Workplace Mission,
c/o Larkfield Methodist Church,
New Hythe Lane, Larkfield, Aylesford, Kent,
Larkfield Methodist Church
New Hythe Lane
Note from the Chairman.
Fellow Trustees and Team Members,
AGMs can often seem remote from the the work of the organisation, so I want to start by remembering , by celebrating all that has been achived by the people who do the work of being Chaplains. This has been a busy and very full year and I have been so excited to see the work that God is doing in the workplace through the efforts of workplace Chaplains from across Gods Church in a wide array of different workplace situations across our area.
Last year at this time we had said goodbye to David Helms and Brian Bowes and we were looking forward to new things and, although much has happened and the work is growing, I am still looking forward to new beginnings and I find myself very excited about the work that God is doing in the workplace.
Tonight we will hear a bit about some of those changes, or at least the very beginning of a new shape for Kent Workplace Mission. Change is an onging reality and the work of KWM goes on, in the context of a world of work which is changing so rapidly that those of us in the midst of the workplace can barely keep up. AGM’s are important milestones in any Organisation; this one certainly is. The AGM has been delayed because it was right to delay it to get the LEP review competed and the accounts finalised. Faces and names change but the work goes on, new ways of doing the work may come along as the needs of the people in workplace change, new structures are created, but the work goes on, people are cared for, and the gospel is made alive in the work we do. In the last year the governance of KWM has already been strengthened by several new appointees to the Council of Trustees and it is to be hoped that this will lead to renewed and improved two-way communication between KWM and the sponsoring denominations. A new stability among the Council Officers, linked to stability of funding support will allow the appointment of a Chaplaincy Operational Leader to take the Chief Executive role, able to take matters on between meetings.
With a re-established chaplaincy lead we have a vision for growing workplace Chaplaincies across Kent. As well as the growing links with Workspace Canterbury and the Abbeyfield Kent Society, we hope to be able to forge links with Shepherd Neame Breweries, industries in Thanet and Romney Marsh, as well as smaller retailers across Kent. Working more closely with CTK we hope to consolidate the links with many existing chaplains and chaplaincies which have historically been at arms length. The employment of a new Team Support Coordinator in 2012 saw contact with our Chaplains reinvigorated. In the future we hope to see a developed website and more interaction across the range of social media including facebook and twitter, reaching out to more businesses, individuals and offering more personal support and contact to our growing network of Chaplains. Considerable effort has gone into reviewing and refreshing our lists of members and chaplains and we now aim to have contact with them all at least four times a year via newsletters, electronic communications, and where ever possible face to face. Part of that review has been to establish who is providing oversight for each of our chaplains and to ensure, during 2013, that proper DBS/CRB checks are in place, either through us or the denominations. Where possible we hope to see the majority of our Chaplains with KWM email addresses.
Our vision for KWM includes refreshing the training available for all Chaplains, starting by offering the Chaplaincy Everywhere course, and by offering the Make Money Count course to a wider area of Kent, including staff at Gunwharf and the Abbeyfield Kent Society.
Following two years in the doldrums, with the ever impending Church Leader’s Review, it is hoped that KWM can look forward to a more dynamic future and extending the opportunities to take the Good News of Christ to all those in the Workplace.
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