Could you be a volunteer Waterways Chaplain?  

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Could you be a volunteer Waterways Chaplain?

The Waterways Chaplaincy has recently started a new hub on the Norfolk Broads, and they are looking for more volunteer chaplains to help cover what is an extensive area

Waterways Chaplaincy is about serving Christ on the waterways. It is a national organisation which helps those who live and work on or alongside waterways, canals, and rivers in both rural and urban communities in the UK.
It operates as part of Workplace Matters, which in turn is part of the Church Army, and is an ecumenical partnership reaching out and taking Christian values through its chaplains into the community
The chaplaincy role focuses on being a visible presence along specific stretches of the river and canal network in England and Wales, by providing friendship, support, and a listening ear to all those who have contact with the inland waterways
Chaplains are Christian volunteers from local churches coming from a diversity of Christian traditions including both lay people and ordained ministers. Some have a background of boating, whilst others have had no previous experience of inland waterways. Volunteer chaplains are facilitated by experienced Senior Chaplains whose task it is to build up teams and provide training and mentoring support, including, of course, prayer
The Christian ministry of a volunteer Waterways Chaplain is to be pastorally proactive and spiritually reactive as you engage with and ‘come alongside’ people both spiritually and practically. We work to build up relationships and be part of the lives of all those we meet. Many value having someone to listen and to talk issues through confidentially. Being a volunteer chaplain is challenging and rewarding but never dull
Key attributes of a Waterways Chaplain

  • An active and proven Christian faith lived out within a Christian community
  • The ability to actively listen to others, ourselves, and God
  • Empathy - the ability to understand and share the feelings of another
  • Commitment, usually walking a designated part of a local canal at least one mile per week
  • Self-awareness, an ability to understand one’s own emotional response to a situation, especially when supporting a vulnerable person
  • Caring, displaying kindness and concern for others, especially in their local community
  • Being a Team Player, practically and prayerfully supportive of the people you work alongside
  • Teachable, constantly seeking to learn from God, others, and life, and attending chaplaincy meetings and training days 

What Next?

So, are you a Christian, a good listener and able to walk a mile of waterways a week?
Is God talking to you about a ministry outside the four walls of a church building, being His
feet, hands, and voice in a very special community?
You don’t have to own a boat, and you can even walk with your dog!
Do take a few minutes to consider this work where God is providing opportunities to
reach and serve adults in your area
wwc logo 450For more information about becoming a Waterways Chaplain, download this leaflet.

For more details about the expectations of the role, click here.
To read the article on Network Yarmouth about the work of Waterways Chaplains, click here
You are welcome to contact your local chaplains:
email Mike Cadman at  or phone 07885 282465
email Angie Baldwin at or phone 07771 438062

Reproduced from the Network Norfolk web site. Used with permission.