Church leaders including the Bishop of Warrington visited Warrington’s retail areas to learn about the chaplaincy support on offer to staff and shoppers.
Church leaders including the Bishop of Warrington visited Warrington’s shopping areas to learn about the chaplaincy support being provided to staff as they face the current economic crisis.
Mission in the Economy is a joint denominational team of chaplains who provide a listening ear and support to staff in local shopping areas and businesses across Warrington, including Golden Square and the Market.
Last week they welcomed The Bishop of Warrington, the Rt Rev Richard Blackburn, Bishop Tom Williams, Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool, and Warrington Borough Minister Revd Stephen Kingsnorth for a tour of the shopping areas, where they met management and traders in the Market and shopping mall.
The visit also took in The Quiet Space at Golden Square and finished at Warrington Town Hall where civic, community and faith representatives came together.
Rev Jean Flood, from Mission in the Economy said, “We are delighted to be welcoming church leaders to Warrington this week. It is an opportunity for them to meet with traders and management on the ground and with other key people in the town centre, hear first- hand how they have been affected, and learn about what support is available. We hope that the visit will also raise general awareness of the value of the chaplaincy at Golden Square and at the Market, particularly in this difficult economic climate.”
Revd Mavis McDonnell is Chaplain at Golden Square Shopping Centre and Warrington Market. She said, “Chaplaincy is part of the supportive role that the church offers in all walks of life. My role serves as a spiritual support, both to staff and shoppers, and I am there to help soak up the pain that many people are feeling at the moment. On every visit to the market I am asked for prayers, or just to provide a listening ear. I am also blessed in that I am there to witness people as they come out on the other side and begin to look to the future and new beginnings. I am delighted to welcome church leaders to see the work that is going on.”
Bishop Richard said, “Bishop Tom Williams and I are very grateful to the Mission in the Economy team, in partnership with Warrington Town Council, Golden Square for the strong partnership that exists in making Warrington a great place to live, work and shop. It is inspiring to see the strong support network available for workers of all faiths or none. I would encourage anyone to speak to the chaplains based around Warrington, whenever they feel they need to – it was obvious, during my visit, that many already do.”