Transport chaplaincies

A.  Railway Mission

For 140 years the Railway Mission have provided chaplaincy to staff of the railway industry.  Chaplains currently visit and support staff with a wide variety of issues, including following up serious incidents on the network, e.g. accidents and fatalities, and work to the strapline, Support on Life’s Journey.

Mike Roberts works as Railway Chaplain to the northwest of England including all of the area of Liverpool Diocese.

Mike Roberts Railway Chaplain

 

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B.  Waterways

Waterways Chaplains are Christian volunteers from local churches who commit time each week to walk the canal towpath in order to offer support to boaters and other users of the national canals network.   Chaplains play a role in breaking through isolation by connecting with people on the towpath, listening to them and responding to their needs.

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C.  Liverpool Seafarers Centre

Liverpool Seafarers Centre, a partnership between the Mersey Mission to Seafarers and the Apostleship of the Sea, offers ministry and pastoral support to the merchant seafarer community.   It operates from its base near Seaforth Docks and from a satellite facility at Eastham.  

Crews can purchase email facilities, SIM cards, money exchange, snacks and toiletries.  There is a chapel for private prayer, space to relax and minibuses to help the crews make the most of their brief time ashore.  Various Naval welfare trusts are also administered by the Mission.  

Spiritual support is offered by Revd Martin Cadell (Roman Catholic) and Revd Gregor Cuff (Church of England) but Centre facilities are open to all regardless of faith.

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