A collaborative project is providing a helping hand to groups of residents across Morpeth.
As part of the successful Churches Together work, the various churches in the town are now providing a free chaplaincy service to all of the residential homes and some sheltered-housing schemes.
Each establishment now has an allocated chaplain, who is dedicated to the residents and staff and can be called upon at any time to support any particular pastoral situation. For some of the homes, they have a helper or a group of helpers.
Last Friday, the chaplains, helpers and supporters from all the churches in Morpeth gathered in St James’ Church along with residents, relatives and staff from the residential homes and flats, the care homes and the Day Centre to commission the Morpeth Chaplaincy Team.
The service was led by Lead Chaplain Rev Jeremy Cooper from the Church of England Parish of Morpeth and the Assistant Bishop of Newcastle, The Rt Rev Frank White, preached and commissioned the team.
Rev Cooper said: “Rev White called on people to trust themselves to God’s work in chaplaincy for the well-being of the town and community.
“This point was reinforced by the involvement of several other church ministers from the town including Rev Gary Ridley (Methodist), Rev Ron Forster (URC), Rev Paul Walker (New Life), Paul Chapple (Baptist) and Rev Simon White (Rector of Morpeth).
“As a sign of the importance that the community sees in this ministry, several town councillors including the Mayor of Morpeth, Nic Best, attended the service. “
He added: “We’re grateful to the Morpeth branch of the Mothers Union for providing magnificent refreshments after the service.”