Stansted Airport Summary

Stansted Airport

 

Chris Bishop is a hard act to follow! Having been chaplain at the airport for nearly 30 years, he was known, respected and trusted by so many people. All credit to the management and staff at the airport - they have welcomed me just as warmly since I took over from Chris at the beginning of the year. This is my first venture into workplace chaplaincy,  and I am finding it a fascinating journey. All the more so, as so many staff express their appreciation of us being there, and are always more than willing to talk about their work. Getting them to talk about themselves is taking a bit longer!

Since I started, we have recruited two extra volunteer chaplains to work alongside our Salvation

Army  colleague, Sidney, and myself. Both Ruth and Simon are local clergy and, between us, we now have someone on duty most weekdays.

In November we hosted a meeting of airport chaplains from across the UK and Ireland – we met at the Aerozone, a purpose-built classroom and study centre for school children. The Aerozone aims to excite young people about  science and technology, and to encourage them to think about a career in aviation.

The airport continues to grow rapidly, with new airlines and destinations being announced at regular intervals, and    passenger numbers ever-increasing. Continual change in the workplace means that the listening ear and non-anxious presence that we offer will continue to be needed. It’s also pleasing that when I use the airport as a traveller, I am now welcomed as a colleague and friend as well.

 

Revd Rob Burles