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Chaplaincy Service

Our chaplaincy service addresses the physical, social and spiritual needs of a person in a holistic way.
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For those that are interested we offer a chaplaincy service.

The chaplaincy service addresses the physical, social and spiritual needs of a person in a holistic way.

We offer support and a listening ear for women who are in the sex industry, or who have been affected by it.

We operate on a confidential basis and are open to all without discrimination. We are motivated by our Christian faith to care for people of any faith or none.

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Health is not just the absence of disease, it is a state of physical, psychological, social and spiritual well being.

World Health Organisation, Precis of discussion, 1948

There have been significant developments in recent years in the understanding of spiritual needs and spiritual care. NHS Education for Scotland defines Spiritual care as “person centred care which seeks to help people (re)discover hope, resilience and inner strength in times of illness, injury, transition and loss”. For people with a religious belief, spiritual care and religious care are closely linked.

For those with no religious belief, Charis recognises that spiritual care and support may nevertheless be valued and appreciated. The process of trying to make sense of what we are going through is common to all people.

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What do we mean by "spiritual needs"?

Spiritual needs and concerns relate to what we call the "big" questions of life.

Spiritual needs show themselves in many practical ways:

  • People may feel the pain of having to say goodbye to loved ones or deal with the shock of a terminal diagnosis.
  • They may find themselves looking back over their lives and trying to make sense of past experiences and decisions.
  • They may be thinking about relationships in their lives – past or present or they may ask questions about how they have lived their lives.
  • They may want support in their recovery.
  • Questions about the meaning of life, God or an afterlife may emerge.

Some people find meaning, comfort, hope and community through their religious practice, beliefs and/or community of faith. Some people do not.

Many people recognise a spiritual dimension to themselves without belonging to a faith group. Regardless of whether religious faith is a part of a person's life, spiritual concerns and needs can still be very important.

There is a growing body of evidence indicating that a person's health and well-being benefits when his or her spiritual needs are addressed.

If you would like to talk with someone about your spiritual needs, or simply connect with someone who is ready to listen to your concerns with empathy and support, please do contact us.

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None of our team are qualified vicars, but we are Christians, and happy to talk about our faith to people who are interested.

It is always a choice to talk about spiritual matters and we recognise that not everyone wants to, and so we are always led by the individual and their preferences.

We also run a group Bible study each week for anyone that is interested in looking at some of the bigger questions of life and what the Bible has to say about them.

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*Religion or belief is as defined in the 2006 Equality Act:
(a) “religion” means any religion,
(b) “belief” means any religious or philosophical belief,
(c) a reference to religion includes a reference to lack of religion, and
(d) a reference to belief includes a reference to lack of belief.