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Impacting lives through Chaplaincy. 

Assemblies of God has a rapidly developing Chaplaincy Ministry.

A growing number of AoG Ministers and Church Members are serving God in such diverse places such as prisons, hospitals, schools & the armed forces.

The work is pastoral, offering compassion and a listening ear, but also affirming and encouraging, bringing an informed Christian view to the places that we visit and people we meet.

Our aim is to care for people at their point of need, communicating the love of Christ in a compassionate and practical way.

We recently spoke with Kirk McAtear, senior pastor of Connect Church in Birmingham and Chaplain at Birmingham City Football Club. 

Join us and watch the latest episode of 'A Conversation with....' and be inspired by Kirk and his story. 

At our national conference this year we had a gathering of all the men and women within AOG who are involed in chaplaincy in their local area.  It was great to see and hear about so many amazing stories. 

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David Spademan leads the Chaplaincy team within AOG and also serves as the managing chaplain at HMP Onley. Here is an update regarding the great impact that he is having in his local prison. 

At HMP Onley, the chaplaincy team are supporting people and trying to have a positive impact on their lives.  

David Spademan said: “People may think we are all faith-based but a lot of what we do is generic pastoral care which helps people through crisis.”

As part of David and his team’s drive to give the men the best chance to change their lives, he creates strong links with the community and brings as many people as possible into the prison.

This includes volunteers who run faith-based courses and church leaders from Rugby who come to the prison for breakfast meetings.

David added: “It is one of my passions to bring people into the prison to show that prisoners aren’t monsters, they are people. They are going back into the community and we need to help them resettle.”

A project that David is involved in is the creation of a database of faith groups (The Welcome Directory) who welcome those who are leaving custody into their congregation. This work is in addition to the legal duties that the chaplaincy team undertakes which includes seeing new arrivals and visiting people in the Care and Support Unit each day.

He also coordinates the team of family liaison officers who have a specific role following a death in custody.

As well as supporting people in prison, the chaplaincy team provide support to prison staff. David said: “Our staff deal with complex and needy people and there are many circumstances where they need our support. This could be because of something they have had to deal with at work but we are also often a source of comfort because of personal circumstances.”

“I work with incredible staff who really care about the people they are responsible for and it is vital we provide them with the right support.”

David started in HMP Onley as a volunteer before becoming a sessional chaplain and then the managing chaplain. Initially, the only chaplains were from the Church of England.

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