London Heathrow is one of the busiest international airports in the world, the UK’s largest cargo port by value, which pre-COVID, handled 80 million passengers a year. It is a self-contained ‘city’ which pre-COVID, had a population of 78,000 workers, been home to ninety airlines and the marketplace for several hundred businesses which, created an additional 250,000 dependent jobs countrywide and contributed £5 billion in wages alone to the national economy. The COVID-19 has led to sweeping changes at Heathrow, with hugely reduced passenger numbers, job losses, and uncertainty. The role of the chaplaincy team over the next few years will support Airport recovery.
Alongside COVID-19 changes, the aviation industry regularly experiences significant change, while the Heathrow community goes through, restructuring, resizing, and, pressures of international competition.
Chaplains face the challenge of maintaining the high profile of the Chaplaincy in a high-pressured commercial environment that is charged with energy and insecurity.
The Chaplains seek new ways of engaging with employees, passengers, other airport users, and with the structures and processes of the constituent businesses and participating organisations.
They need to be able to empathise with a wide range of different faiths, ethnicities, life-styles, objectives, ambitions and needs (both personal and corporate).
The Multi-Faith Chaplaincy
There has been a Chaplaincy at Heathrow for several decades who, now operates as an independent charity – the Heathrow Multi-Faith Chaplaincy. The trustees and operational team reflect the main religious faiths from the multicultural communities surrounding the Airport, and its international status. The team of 28 Chaplains includes 22 volunteers who typically do anything from a few hours to two days a week and 6 Chaplains, who are paid by their faith bodies, and, do between 2-5 days a week.
A Christian Chapel and garden, ten multi-faith Prayer Rooms, and Chaplains’ Offices are supported within the airport boundaries.
The Chaplains work in all areas of the airport - public, commercial, and technical - with the objectives of:
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Activities are directed towards establishing long-term relationships with those employed at the airport, and supporting the travelling, and transient or public.
Global assistance for travellers to other airports around the world is provided by formal links with other airport chaplaincies through the International Association of Civil Aviation Chaplains. Airport Chaplaincy is present in nearly 40 countries and provision is found at 29 UK airports.
Regular acts of worship are offered by a variety of faiths and denominations.
St George’s Chapel
The Church of England Chaplain will sit on the Standing Committee of St George’s Chapel, Heathrow and play an active role in the life and activity of the Chapel.:
The Christian Chaplains work in a fully ecumenical team, dedicated to promoting dialogue, inclusion, social justice and equal opportunities. Representing all the Christian Churches, they do not set out to be advocates of any one denomination. All faiths and the religious freedom of the individual are respected.
Growth in business volumes and numbers of employees, and the increasing complexity of relationships in this multi-ethnic, multi-faith, high-pressure business environment has identified the need for additional Christian Chaplains both paid and volunteers.
The C of E Chaplain will:
The post-holder may be required to undertake any other duties that are commensurate with the role.
The LDF exists to support the mission of the Church of England in London. The principal activity of the London Diocesan Fund is to operationally and practically serve and support the parishes and people within the Diocese of London, enabling the vision that every Londoner will encounter the love of God in Jesus Christ.