Ambulance Chaplain - The Rev David Jones

The Rev David Jones began his working life as a maths teacher prior to Ordination training and still has a keen interest in education. Now a Self Supporting Minister, he lives in Coxheath and volunteers to support the ambulance service as chaplain. David explains, “I first volunteered to support the ambulance service in 1999, prior to being ordained. 

Chaplains minister to those with or without faith.  The Kent Ambulance Chaplaincy was started in 1998 by the Rev Russell Thomson (then Vicar of St Peter with St Margaret, Rochester) and the Chairman of the Kent Ambulance Service at the time, Tim Davis. In Kent there are 18 chaplains – one to each ambulance station and the control centre.

The aim of the chaplaincy is to "provide voluntary pastoral support to the ambulance service personnel and their families to ensure that individuals and groups are given the support they need to assist them to continue with, or return to, their very demanding roles”.

David said, “I offer support by regular visits to the ambulance station and sometimes accompanying front-line technicians and paramedics during their work on a 12 hour shift or listening in with call takers and dispatch staff in Control. I can also conduct funerals and baptisms and lead any ambulance-related Church services like carol services, services for the emergency services, and leading a service at the opening of an ambulance station or garden of remembrance.”

Ambulance chaplaincy is voluntary and they are always on the lookout for new chaplains. Volunteers need not be ordained but they must be in licensed ministry. David said, “In the 11 years I have been doing this, I have only had one person volunteer! It’s very rewarding and we do it out of love. The most enjoyable part is the friendship and being part of a valued team.”

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