Chaplains are Christians in the town centre meeting people and listening to them. We meet with people of all faiths or none and provide a sympathetic listening ear to worries or problems in their lives that anyone wants to think through confidentially. We can pray for people on the spot and offer to pray separately when Chaplains meet together. Our aim is to show caring support for people, inspired by our Christian faith.

We are aware that the last few years have created great stresses in people’s lives – the impact of disease on their health or on family and friends, deaths, pressures on family and other relationships, financial concerns and job security (or the lack of it). But it is also a joy just to encourage people in their day-to-day routine of visiting or working in Basingstoke town centre.

Meet, chat and pray is what we do. We are able to point people to others who may better help with issues in people’s lives – whether food needs, financial help or legal advice. We can also refer to a church or course that will help think through spiritual matters.

Chaplains are members of different churches in Basingstoke. BTC is a registered charity run by volunteers and supported by One Church Basingstoke (www.onechurchbasingstoke.org), local churches and individuals. We do receive small grants and appreciate the recent support of Four Lanes Trust in providing uniforms. Formal information about us can be found under our name or number on the Charity Commission website.

Newsletter January 2024

© BASINGSTOKE TOWN CHAPLAINCY TRUST 2024 | Registered Charity Number 1160005 | Registered office Suite 1, Paddington House, Festival Place, Basingstoke RG21 7LJ | Chair of Trustees John Hayward