The Rev’d Jo Tatum was commissioned as the city’s new Workplace Chaplain, along with the Voluntary Workplace Chaplaincy Team at Capital One building in Nottingham on 18th May.
The short service – attended by over 60 guests – was led by the Rev’d David McCoulough, Director of Missions & Partnerships for the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham, with prayers for Jo and the team and a blessing for their ongoing work in the business world.
The commissioning included a video message from Bishop Paul Williams, in which he said that Jo’s was a “substantial appointment to a vital ministry in the heart of the city… the workplace is both rewarding and demanding and to have a Christian presence through chaplaincy, to provide networks of care and support and the opportunity for reflection on life and faith is so important…”
Jo, who leads a team of seven voluntary chaplains, visiting city centre organisations such as Capital One and the courts, transport, hotels, and department stores, said: “We are trusted by the companies we serve, who see staff as more than a number on a payroll, people who bring their complex lives to work with them… and sometimes need the care and support we offer.”
She was presented with gifts from various members of the diocese, city council and company representatives, including a book, mug, model bus, entrance pass to Capital One and her chaplaincy licence from the Rev’d David McCoulough.
Jo’s husband Brian and daughter Alice also attended the service and afterwards there was an inspiring talk given by motivational speaker, John Dabrowski followed by lunch.