Last Sunday Park Hall became a church. I felt very honoured a while back when Scott and Charlotte Ruscoe spoke to me about the possibility of doing a christening service for their daughter, Florence. Cutting to the present, that’s exactly what happened in the function room at The Venue. My wife, Debby, did the music and I conducted the service.
We took a friendly and informal approach, although I was in a suit and tie for the first time at Park Hall. Everything has its place, and although I’m usually in some sort of TNS gear when around the club, it wouldn’t have been appropriate doing a christening service in a Legea tracksuit. Not that there are rules and regulations, just obvious common sense protocol.
Although it wasn’t an official TNS event, so the room was hired by Scott and Charlotte as individuals, I am the chaplain at the club. While other roles, such as presenting TNS Radio, post-match interviewing and even the writing of this column are much more front-line, so to speak, the chaplaincy side is very much the opposite.
It isn’t a proactive role in the sense that I ‘aggressively’ approach people and intrude into their space. It’s very much about being there if anyone needs to talk or support is required. In life it doesn’t matter who we are, there are always times when it’s good to know that there’s someone around to chat to.
In fact it’s even more than just being there in times of trouble. You can be a positive influence and encouragement anyway. That applies to all of us, you don’t need a title or a job description to build people up. The thing is, when we speak positively into the situations of others we also feel the benefits in our own life.
Many years ago I qualified as a Life Coach via Newcastle. Although I’ve never practiced, and that was not the intention anyway, the course was very beneficial to the general stuff that I’m involved in. First and foremost though it was of value to me personally.
The last thing you want to do is try and help others when your own life is falling apart. It’s not selfish to make sure you’re ok, in fact until you are you’ll never be effective in reaching out. You can never give what you haven’t got. That applies to anything in life not just the context in which I’m writing.
Back to the chaplaincy, you may never need to but if you do want to talk at any time then don’t hesitate to get in touch. Anything that passes between us will always remain in strictest confidence and it’s free as well just in case you’re wondering what’s the catch. There isn’t one.
I think it’s great that the club has a chaplain, regardless of who it is. Although not advertised with a bright neon sign it’s good that there is someone there that people can talk to if needed. I’m honoured and humbled that person is me. I love the radio, the writing and the interviewing etc but I also love the people involvement as well.
Finally, the function room at The Venue looked magnificent for the christening. In fact, from the aesthetics right through to the food it was extremely professional and well-presented. If you’ve got an event on the horizon and you’re looking for a venue (no pun intended) then contact the team. You won’t be disappointed.
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