Hours: 21 hours per week Salary: circa £8,822 - £10,317 pa
Applications are invited for the post of Lead Chaplain to the airport community.
This is a Christian ministry of pastoral and spiritual support to both passengers and staff and those of all faiths and none. You will have an open and inclusive attitude and an easy ability to relate faith to life. Application form, job description, person specification and information pack can be downloaded from www.newcastlemethodistdistrict.org or by post from: Ms D Whitfield, Newcastle District Office, 246, Wingrove Road North, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 9EJ.
Closing date for applications is Tuesday, 10th March 2015
*There is an occupational requirement for the post holder to be a practising Christian in accordance with the Equality Act 2010: Part 1, Schedule 9.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Firstly I would like to wish everyone a prosperous and good New Year.
Recently the topic of freedom has been very much in the press and media and also in our conversations following the horrendous events in Paris. Freedom is something we all cherish whether it be in our religious, political or personal life.
One of the strengths of IACAC is the breadth of its membership with each chaplaincy bringing different experiences and, through our collective sharing, the understandings of all members are widened. Please encourage all members of your chaplaincy team to join IACAC either as active or associate members. If each of us encouraged at least one other member of our chaplaincy to join IACAC our collective knowledge and skills will grow even more. Let us adopt as our motto "Each One Bring One"
We have so much we can learn together from each other
Some of the points made in the Paper presented by Dr Denis Leclerc from the Thunderbird School of Global Management to the IACAC Phoenix Conference in 2010. Cross cultural and global communication-airports are nobody's culture but everybody's culture. Airports are warm, safe and have food outlets for those stranded there.
Fr Steve Teston at Manila Airport (MNL) has been very busy with the huge number of people passing through the airport as a result of the visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines. Despite the rain and gloomy weather over 6 million people gathered in Manila for the Papal Mass. Both Steve and Rebecca spoke of the charisma of the Pope and how his visit had touched so many people.
The Rev Andrea Krasznai from Budapest (BUD) is overjoyed to have their new chapel after waiting five years for the completion of the new Terminal. She has been very busy with the airport and is looking forward to conducting a wedding for airport folk in Sorrento, Italy.
Sydney Airport (SYD) has a new chaplaincy coordinator, Major Keith Hampton, and during February he will be visiting Melbourne Airport to spend time with, and learn from his colleagues there.
Fr Christopher Szerszeń has become the chaplain at Gdańsk Airport (GDN) in Poland. He sends his greetings and looks forward to meeting other chaplains.
Inverness Airport (INV) also has two new chaplains and Robert Cleland says they are both looking forward to serving the airport community.
Gatwick (LGW) Airport Chaplaincy was delighted when the Airport CEO, Stewart Wingate and Ian Envis, MD of ASMA Ltd became associate members of IACAC. Ian asked that his best wishes for the future in this rather chaotic world be extended to the entire fellowship and membership of IACAC.
As you begin your planning and updating your diary for 2015 please make sure you include the dates for this year's IACAC annual conference to be held in New York. Preparations are well underway for this conference which has the theme "Bridging The World". New York is often described as one of the most diverse cities of the world with people from many countries, cultures, languages and religions exist side by side. Airports can also be described as diverse environments where people working there have to detach themselves from what they know, understand and believe to serve people whose customs are often quite different and sometimes quite challenging from their own. Presentations during the conference will attempt to explore this diversity and multiculturalism.
Accommodation for the conference will be at the JFK Hilton Hotel which is conveniently located nearby the airport and connected by a free shuttle. We look forward to seeing you in New York for what promises to be a most interesting and stimulating conference.
Do your little bit of good where you are;
it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
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