Serving as chaplain on a remote island without electricity or WiFi.

I’ve been back home for a couple of days now. I’m just about re-climatised. Although my head started spinning when I went into Morrison’s. It was so jam packed. And the choices.

For nearly two weeks I’ve enjoyed life as a chaplain on a very remote island. No shops. No cards. No noise. Well, apart from the eerie cry and call of tens of thousands of Manx Shearwaters that come back to their burrows at night laden with fish for their chicks.

The Chaplaincy role is ‘full on and full time’ as in I didn’t all of a sudden not be the island chaplain, whether I was swimming in the sea, leading services or enjoying a cup of tea, I was still very much the island chaplain! But it is also a role that affords lots of time to pray, reflect, create and simply ‘be.’

Here is a short film about serving as chaplain on Bardsey this year. I hope it captures the joys and beauty of the island. It’s a ‘thin place.’*

*= where the space between heaven and earth is thin.

29 Comments Add yours

  1. Pam Cheesley-Hollinshead says:

    Thanks Chris, great blessings via the ether!

  2. What a great snapshot of your work there on the island.

  3. Tammy Bennett says:

    What a beautiful place and beautiful work. So looking forward to learning more about your work as a chaplain!

  4. Jess Stott says:

    Enjoyed watching this, thanks Chris! Jess Stott

  5. Angela Wolswinkel says:

    I had never heard of Bardsey before – it’s stunning. What a wonderful place to bring people in contact with Jesus.

    1. Chris says:

      It’s a beautiful place! Thanks for your comment!

  6. Tanja Carter says:

    I really felt that I need to go to Bardsey. Loved reading about your work there, Chris. Looking forward to hearing more.

    1. Chris says:

      Thanks Tanja- when things are back to ‘normal’ come and visit! It’s stunning.

  7. Jackie Girling says:

    Fascinating insight into such a creative way of doing chaplaincy – gave me a new perspective. Love your paintings!

    1. Chris says:

      Thanks Jackie. As you will discover I’m simply using what is in my hand and ‘doing what I do!’ (Further lectures will expand on this!)

  8. Jenny says:

    great how you are able to use your creative giftings in such a way which displays your love of people and of God. definately not my image of chaplaincy!

    1. Chris says:

      Thank you Jenny! I’m pleased you have seen a new image of chaplaincy!

  9. Kate says:

    Thanks Chris. What an inspiring island!

  10. Steve says:

    Thanks Chris great to hear you had an impact on people’s lives. What a beautiful Island.

  11. Jane Lindsay-Stewart says:

    What a fantastic calling to an extremely beautiful and isolated place. The community must feel so blessed by your presence.

    1. Chris says:

      Thank you Jane. It really is a ‘thin’ place.

  12. Theresa Swan says:

    Such a beautiful place. Struck by the light and the simplicity.

    1. Chris says:

      Thank you Theresa. It’s a magical light that shines, like a ‘Naples yellow’ kind of light. I’m going to miss being there next week as the island is all closed up in this Covid-19 pandemic. 😢

  13. Toni Sherrington says:

    This is so inspirational! I can’t wait to learn more from you on the chaplaincy module!

    1. Chris says:

      Thanks Toni! Thank you also for your postcard you sent!

  14. Lisa says:

    Loved the role your daughter played in this. So creative and down to earth- inspiring to hear the story. Thanks Chris!

  15. Sam Birch says:

    Oh wow Chris that is so deeply inspiring and Abba spoke to me through that video in a way that is going to stay with me and lead me on, in a way that I wasn’t expecting. Thank God for you and God bless you and Millie and the Island of Bardsey and all who live or visit there.

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