In October 2019, Deacon Tim Coleman, a Methodist minister in Runcorn (North Cheshire Circuit), approached the management at Shopping City with an idea to start a retail chaplaincy.
To begin with the chaplaincy consisted of Tim on a Wednesday wandering the mall and chatting with staff and shoppers. When the Lockdown in 2020 occurred Tim continued his work from home via social media and the occasional visit. In the Summer the management suggested that we could work more closely and the empty unit the Sanctuary now occupies was made available. The team also grew with the recruitment and training of other volunteer chaplains from the Churches in Runcorn.
Please see the attached Newsletter on this page which answers questions such as:
"Our hope is that by serving in this way we show the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ. We exist as a bridge between the people and Jesus. If we can make the community where we live a better place for all to live then maybe we are seeing something of God's Kingdom on earth."
Contact details such as telephone, email, Facebook page and website are in the newsletter too.