Events and Courses

Forthcoming Events

Introduction to Workplace Chaplaincy Course

Our next Workplace Chaplaincy Course begins in Central Birmingham sometime this Autumn 2022.

The Course, as an introduction to Volunteer Workplace Chaplaincy, is led by experienced Workplace Chaplains, and includes a visit to a current Workplace Chaplaincy engagement. The courses take place in Central Birmingham.

The 7 week course covers:

  • an introduction to key skills and knowledge
  • what is chaplaincy?
  • listening to others and caring for people at work
  • making a difference as a ‘guest’ in a business organisation
  • exploring questions of faith, spirituality and world-view within an organisation
  • joining up chaplaincy and church
  • working safely in a team and looking after yourself

The programme involves input, exercises, discussion, a visit to see a Chaplaincy in action and some prayer and worship. Depending on prior skills and experience, further training sessions may be needed before CIGB would recommend a volunteer for Workplace Chaplaincy.

Most people who do the course:

  • have some life experience in listening/caring
  • have belonged to a church for a few years
  • are interested in working with people outside of the usual boundaries of the church
  • are happy to work with other faiths.

Participants on the course have previously come from a wide variety of churches, from Pentecostal to Roman Catholic, house churches to new monastic communities.

The course is an opportunity for participants to learn about the key chaplaincy ways of working, as well as a chance to discern whether it is for them. The course is not a commitment or a guarantee to proceed into workplace chaplaincy: that subsequent decision is for further discernment at the end of the course. The vast majority of chaplaincy positions in workplaces are unpaid. Other chaplaincy areas – eg Hospital / Healthcare, Education, Prison etc have their own specific training courses and requirements and are not covered by this course.

Previous course participants have said: “good for learning and understanding chaplaincy”, “very helpful to visit a chaplaincy in action”, “very good course”.

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What do Workplace Chaplains do?

Could I be a workplace chaplain? – our leaflet introduces what chaplains do, why it is a growing ministry of the church and typical ground rules for Chaplains.

Good stores and information are on the national Workplace Chaplaincy Mission website 

Also see our Annual Reports and our videos

Churches and Industry Group Birmingham and Solihull has teams of voluntary chaplains to businesses, enterprises and organisations across Birmingham and Solihull, with about 60 volunteers altogether. Our chaplaincies are in places like Birmingham and Solihull Shopping Centres, NEC Group, National Express Buses, Kings Heath High St, Birmingham City Council and the Fire Service. More general information about Chaplaincy is available on our ‘Chaplaincy Fortnight’ page.

Past Events


Workers Memorial Day 28 April  2019


at St Philip’s Cathedral grounds, Colmore Row, B3 2QB

“Remember the Dead: Fight for the Living”

The annual event remembers all those killed through work, and calls for action to ensure that such tragedies are not repeated.

Workers Memorial Day is commemorated throughout the world and is officially recognised by the UK Government.

Trading in the Markets ?

Churches and Industry Group Birmingham-Solihull Annual Meeting 20 May 2019  St Martins in the Bullring

Market Trading in Birmingham recently celebrated its 850th anniversary – from a Royal Charter granted in 1166. What is the future of Market Trading today?

The new Smithfield development will occupy the site of much of the old markets, with housing, leisure attractions and a public square, and some space for markets.

Markets provide a social space, an affordable location for people to try out their entrepreneurial skills, as well as a place for bargains. CIGB Workplace Chaplaincy and St Martin in the Bullring have had Chaplains to the Markets over a number of years, and good relationships with the traders.

How will the practice and value of Market Trading continue into the future, in the midst of changing social and shopping habits? How will the existing markets survive until the new venue is ready? What value do faith and community have in the whole new Smithfield development?

Our Speakers included Market Chaplains, Richard Cowell (Birmingham City Council Assistant Director for Development) and Janet Kidner (Lendlease, the Smithfield Developers).

Prior addresses and discussion, we held our AGM, the first one for our new Chair, Revd Steve Faber (Moderator of URC West Midlands Synod). Our Annual Review summary can be found here

Annual Commissioning Service 2018

Annual Commissioning Service took place on Sunday 25rd November at Acocks Green Methodist Church. 7 new Chaplains were commissioned by the Bishop of Birmingham. Theologian and Author, Paula Gooder, spoke to us about Paul’s dedication to the faith, and how Chaplaincy can learn from that. Existing Chaplains rededicated themselves to their work, and light refreshments followed.

Churches and Industry Group Birmingham-Solihull Annual Meeting  9 May 2018

‘Helping West Midlands Work’  

AGM and Keynote addresses from the Leader of Birmingham City Council, Councillor Ian Ward, and the Director of Managed Growth, Solihull Council, Anne Brereton at Unison, 19th Floor, McLaren Building, 46 Priory Queensway Birmingham B4 7LR

Councillor Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, spoke about the development strategies tackling Birmingham’s skills situation, and the opportunities developments such as HS2 and Commonwealth Games were bringing to the city. Anne Brereton from Solihull Council sketched out how interventions in Chelmsley Wood and North Solihull were driven by community needs, and there was discussion about how the area could benefit from the HS Interchange Growth Hub.

The AGM was the final AGM for our chair, Venerable Hayward Osborne, who stepped down after 11 years in the role.

Workplace Chaplaincy in Solihull –  Introduction and Training      3 Week September course 2017

The course is an opportunity to learn about the key chaplaincy skills, as well as a chance to discern whether it is for them. Previus participants have said: “good for learning and understanding chaplaincy”, “very helpful to visit a chaplaincy in action”, “very good course”.

This course is for people who might be interested in voluntary chaplaincy in one of the 15  existing workplace chaplaincy teams across Birmingham and Solihull (, or would like to set up (eg a High Street) chaplaincy near to their local church.

Churches and Industry Group Birmingham-Solihull Annual Meeting 16 May 2017


AGM and ‘The Bexit Effect’

Paul Faulkner, CEO of Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, and Professor Monder Ram, of Birmingham University Centre for Research into Minority Ethnic Entrepreneurship, introduced discussion about the Brexit Effect in Birmingham and Solihull.

Paul Faulkner said the businesses were hopeful that the Government would produce a clear map of how the changes would work. Monder Ram emphasized the need for business and government powers also to recognise the needs and significance of smaller businesses – and not to overlook the economic and community value brought by ethnic minority businesses. Especially as community tensions had risen since the Brexit vote.

Chaplaincy Fortnight 2015: 7th – 21st June: “Celebrating the Whole Body of Christ”

Chaplains and churches are celebrating Chaplaincy as a Mission of the Christian Church: ‘Finding out where God is at work and joining in’.

Chaplains in Birmingham and Solihull work in diverse areas including Education, Healthcare, Military, Justice and Commercial Workplaces.

To invite a chaplain to speak to your church or organisation, to find prayers or names of local chaplains, visit our dedicated webpage.

A Business View of Chaplaincy Benefits

Annual Meeting and AGM: Monday 11 May 2015: ICC Broad St, Birmingham

Mike Murray, Senior Development Surveyor for St Modwen Longbridge, and Shelley Phelan, Executive Director for Equalities, Diversity and Safeguarding at Bournville College, spoke about how Chaplaincy adds value to their areas of work.

The Longbridge redevelopment had a Construction Chaplain for four years, and there are now Retail Chaplains to the new shops. Bournville College has had a team of Chaplains for two years, and they work with staff and students.

A recent Theos report into Chaplaincy has identified the benefits of Chaplaincy to enterprises and organisations: as well as addition pastoral care, Chaplains also help create a sense of work community, provide an independent voice and can advise on religious diversity issues. Chaplains are there for people of any faith or no faith: their agenda is to see people and organisations flourish in a wholesome way.

Ministry in the City of Birmingham 23 Oct 2014 – day course

To find our more about the key issues in the wider community/statutory sector/economy and how churches are developing their mission to these concerns. Included Speakers from Birmingham City Council,  Visits to Church Projects and Bus Tour to see key sites in the City, and Lunch.

Taster for Chaplaincy at Longbridge new Town Centre Sun 19 Jan 2014

God’s Heart for Longbridge and CIGB are offering a taster training session for local church members.  It is for congregation members who may be interested in helping people in the new places of Longbridge to see that God is alive – through chaplaincy support and celebrating God’s presence in their lives. The afternoon is held at the ‘Factory’ on Longbridge Lane.

A Taxing Solution?

Friday June 28 2013

Led by Methodist Tax Justice Network in Birmingham. The meeting, chaired by Barbara Hayes, had speakers: Revd Peggy Mulambya Kabonde of the United Church of Zambia, John Cooper of Christian Aid and Gracewell Mwansa;  on the subject of whether the need for overseas aid would be eliminated if multinational companies paid their fair share of taxes in the countries where raw materials are extracted.

Annual Meeting 2013

This year’s Annual meeting was on Monday May 13th in the Banking Hall at Wragge & Co., 55 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2AS.

Our two guest speakers Tim Watts, CEO of Pertemps and Rob Johnston, TUC Regional Secretary spoke on the theme “Part-time and Temporary working:  Dynamic and Precarious?”.