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There are as many models of chaplaincy as there are of the local church. Chaplaincy is a growing part of the mixed ecology of the church. 

Chaplains, both lay and ordained, work alongside those they meet, providing a safe space to talk and reflect on pastoral and spiritual matters. 

It is a missional ministry, going out from the local faith community and meeting people where they are, living and sharing faith there. Chaplains face the sadness and turmoil that illness or bereavement brings, or the joy of a new baby or a retirement.  The role is to support and encourage individuals through the issues they are facing. 

At their best, chaplaincies, new and well established, are partnerships between the local faith communities, the chaplains and the organisations served.

In the Diocese of Norwich there are chaplains for:

  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Prisons
  • Waterways
  • Care homes
  • Military
  • Hospices
  • Emergency services
  • Universities