city centre chaplaincy 

Free Hug
This is where it all began, when Chris came to Peterborough in 2010 following God's call on his life and established Peterborough City Centre Chaplaincy in partnership with Churches Together in Central Peterborough.  

Working with a small team of volunteers Chris sought to engage with local businesses and shoppers through a range of creative outreach including acts of kindness, prayer, prophetic evangelism and relationship building.   The team has steadily grown over a number of years and now two teams are deployed every Friday responding to the 'felt needs' of the city centre community.

The morning team specialises in Pub Chaplaincy and meet at a number of locations in the city centre including Wetherspoons “The Drapers Arms”, Wetherspoons "The College Arms" and the Argo Lounge where they chat with the locals, engage with 'table talk' ( a conversation game) all whilst carrying out prophetic art.   
 
The afternoon team goes out into the city centre, often Cathedral Square, to engage with people where they are, shopping, lunching, working and through a variety of innovative activities create opportunities to share their faith through conversation and prayer.

This could be setting up a free fruit stall with 9 different kinds of fruit labeled with the fruit of the spirit, offering free hugs, or simply taking a seat on one of the benches in Cathedral Square holding a sign declaring ‘I will listen.’  

The response from the public is always one of interest and the innovative nature of the activities creates amazing opportunities for conversation, sharing of our faith and prayer. 

If you are interested in volunteering with the team please email Chris

free fruit