Celebrating 40 years of Newcastle City Centre Chaplaincy
The following explanation of our work has changed very little in 40 years and will give you an insight to our role and purpose. We realise this does not encompass all we do and may not answer all your questions. In fact part of our job is to ask questions and sometimes awkward ones.
Our work is always open to change and challenge so please feel free to contact us at anytime.
The Chaplaincy was established in 1976 as an ecumenical venture supported by the City Centre Churches of all denominations; it is based at St Andrew's Church Annexe, Newgate Street, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Its ministry is to the commuters who work in the city centre: in the shops and offices, department stores and banks, local government and many other places of work.
The Aims of the Chaplaincy
The Chaplain is neither a part of Management nor Staff nor Union but is present only at the invitation of all concerned. The Chaplain's role is ecumenical and it should be apparent that the Chaplain is not acting for any single denomination and is aware of our multi-faith context.
The Role of the Chaplain
From what is written above, it will be apparent that the Chaplain's role is not so much to be seen in 'talking religion' as in supporting and encouraging the fullest involvement with everyday life, in a creative and positive way. We operate in three principal areas and at all levels:
The work includes:
Management Committee and Trustees
This is a group of people involved in the life of the City Centre; its role is supportive and advisory but also includes assistance in finding sources of finance. The present Chair is Brian Adcock.
Our regular worship of Holy Communion on Thursday (12.30 said) and Sunday (11.00am Sung) continues, with Communion available in both kinds (bread and wine)
Coffee/seasonal refreshments and fellowship are offered, together with a warm welcome after the Sunday service in the lower hall.
Sung Matins is at 11am on the following Sundays: October 1st; November 5th; December 3rd; February 4th 2024 ; March 3rd; April 7th; May 5th; June 2nd; July 7th.