Our Chaplain is the Reverend Captain Paul T Allinson, Church Army who has been with us since 2009.
Paul helps maintain and develop the Christian foundation of the Hospital of God and he is involved across the full range of the charity’s activities today.
Pastoral Care – the Chaplain provides pastoral care and emotional and spiritual support to users of the charity’s services and to our staff. The Chaplain visits all the day centres on a fortnightly basis and holds weekly services in Stichell House on a weekly basis where worship and fellowship are enjoyed Visits are made to residents upon request. The Chaplain also holds a service for Trustees before each Board meeting of the charity.
A vital part of the Chaplain’s role is that of befriending and being a trusted listening person and counsellor.
The Chaplain conducts the annual Founder’s Day service each January to celebrate the founding of the Hospital of God. We also hold an annual open day in the summer and a memorial service just before Christmas each to celebrate those who we have looked after and are now departed.
Part of our work at the Hospital of God is the care of the dying and we do everything we can to provide good end of life care to enable people to die peacefully in their place of choice. The Chaplain is a very important part of this, providing spiritual comfort to our residents and their families through the Gold Standards Framework for End of Life Care. The role of the Chaplain is multi-faceted, diverse and exciting with new demands and challenges coming all the time. The present Chaplain is also Parish Priest in two parishes (Greatham and Seaton Carew) and would hope to be of service to you upon request.