When I first started my role as city center chaplain in Peterborough my son was 9 years old. We had recently moved into the area and his new teacher asked him what his dad did for a job. he thought long and hard and eventually answered, ‘my dad helps people love Jesus.’ In hearing that story my job description was for ever changed.

That is the simplicity of what I do: I long and ache for others to also love Jesus. He alone is worth the love and worship that we can bring and I believe that following Him is the best life any person could ever have!

Over the last 9 years I’ve taken a day a week and for 6 years a Sunday a month to share Jesus and lead a growing team of chaplains. I have met thousands upon thousands of people from all cultures and have been able to share my faith, sow precious seeds of the gospel and helped some people follow Christ too.

Here are some of the highlights:


13 thoughts on “My role as chaplain comes to an end this week…It’s been an awesome 9 years, here’s some highlights

  1. Chris! You can’t leave! At least not without us saying goodbye? What next? Are you leaving the area? You are an amazing chaplain. You have been the light in our city centre. God bless you. Steve and Jeni

  2. Chris, you’re an absolute legend and the streets of Peterborough won’t be the same without your infectious smile lighting up our days. The photo of the leather armchair and the ‘I will listen’ sign nearly bought me to tears, so powerful. All the best with your next adventure – you’ll rock it!

  3. Awe-some stuff, Chris. You have been an inspiration to countless other thousands you haven’t necessarily met in person (such as Claire-Lise and I), and the impact for the Kingdom is huge – and our amazing God will take it and make it even bigger. May He guide and bless you in the next stage of your epic journey with Him. Thank-you for your faithfulness….

  4. Brilliant and beautiful Chris – so good to see so much that our Lord Jesus has done through you and those you work with and inspire. May God bless you richly in the next phase of your journey.

  5. It was awesome to be part of the journey from November 2011 to December 2012. I’ve never forgotten the impact it had on me and the amazing adventures we had on the streets. I loved the innovative God ideas from tattoo.org to the blackboards in Norwich. In Bridlington I have now changed church and there are opportunities to go out on the streets and do events around the town building on ideas I gained from the Light Project and even considering the idea of doing a chaplaincy. Hope all goes well, Chris, with your new venture. I remember you always had a passion to do pub ministry and I remember that you took us all out in Clacton to do a demonstration of how it might work. God Bless in all you do. Jenny Hornett

  6. I think your vision for me and Bridlington back in 2014 was spot on (rather than pioneering). It was just that ‘the revelation awaits an appointed time’. There were other signposts pointing to it along the way. Even when I met the guy who was to be my future pastor (Oct 2017) the Lord gave me a sign to confirm the significance – it turned out we both had a shared vision to have an identity to go out in the streets with. We also have a church full of creative people.

  7. Some advice please Chris. I’ve discussed with my pastor a possible street identity. We decided to go for a Hoody: written on the front ‘Grace on the Streets’. This is because the church is called Grace Church. I’d suggested on the back of the hoody ‘Street Chaplaincy’. Assumed be OK to do a street chaplaincy because no-one owns the streets, and it is only our church and not a church collaborative venture. Thought I’d include it because chaplaincy is well known and trusted. Do you envisage any problems or complications in using the word chaplaincy, for example, any specific training needed etc. I was going to use it in a way similar to you: get to know people, offer prayer and ask the Lord for some creative outreach ideas and icebreakers. Already been doing this a bit without the identity.

  8. The strangest thing happened today. A Christian friend had recently had breakfast in the newly developed Wetherspoons, Bridlington and said she kept thinking of me as I’d mentioned the idea of a spiritual surgery but no suggestion for a location. Patricia remarked on the fact that spoons had extended into an old disused chapel with original stained glass windows and a large bookcase going up to the ceiling, which included a bible and concordance on the shelves. Curious I went in there today just to have a look. On my way out, I spotted a guy with a beard wearing a brown hoody with some white writing on the front (probably custom). It was identical to the Peterborough chaplaincy gear (same colour, same style and even had writing on the front), and he even slightly resembled you. It is making me wonder if there is a ministry in there because of the coincidence. Are you still planning to train people on pub chaplaincy? Plus, offer advice on how to get into Wetherspoons?

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