Festivals

The Chaplaincy Team appreciates the diversity of faith and beliefs within the hospital and community.

Please find a link below to the interfaith network page to see the list of Festivals for this year.

https://www.interfaith.org.uk/resources/religious-festivals 

Ramadan 2021

The Chaplaincy Team were involved in handing out Asian sweets as part of Eid Mubarak celebrations across the Trust.

Diwali 2021

In recognition of Diwali and members of the community, patients and staff who celebrated this festival, the hospital Chapels were lit differently to celebrate the festival often referred to as the festival of lights.

Armistice Day and Remembrance Day 2021

In honour of Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday and in recognition of being a veteran aware organisation the Chaplaincy Team held services within the Chapels on Thursday 11th November 2021 and Sunday 14th November 2021. Service times coincided with the two minute silence held at 11:00 to remember and honour service men and women. Whilst the numbers in the Chapel are restricted to six people at any one time in line with the COVID-19 risk assessment, three of the four services were at full capacity with additional staff participating in the corridor to maintain social distancing.

The Chaplaincy Team asked veterans and reservists working within the Trust what this time meant for them, here is what they told us: Remembrance Day 2021 – SaTH 

Inter Faith Week 2021

During Inter Faith Week (14th – 21st November 2021) and the Chaplaincy Team are invited staff to join them for ‘Coffee and a Convo’ to learn more about developments taking place within the Chaplaincy Team to provide a multi faith service.

Advent – December 2021

People were invited to join the Chaplaincy Team for a hot drink and a mince pie during advent to learn about the recent expansion within the team, and learn more about the services the team provide.

Parinirvana – 8th February 2022

This is a Mahayana Buddhist festival that marks the death of the Buddha. It is also known as Nirvana Day. Buddhists celebrate the death of the Buddha, because they believe that having attained Enlightenment, he achieved freedom from physical existence and its sufferings. To celebrate and raise awareness the Chaplaincy Team invited people to write names of people important to them who had died to remember them throughout the week in the Chapels.

Easter – April 2022

The Chaplaincy Team collected donations of Easter eggs throughout March 2022 to provide support to local families who needed a little help from the Easter Bunny.

A total of 84 Easter eggs and treats have been donated and shared with: Telford Crisis Support Food Bank and Shrewsbury Food Bank and will be very much appreciated by families in our local community.

Shavuot – June 2022

Flowers serve as a reminder of the Spring harvest and that when the Israelites arrived at the base of Mount Sinai, they found it blooming with flowers and greenery.

In recognition of this Jewish festival, children and young people on the Children’s Ward have made flower decorations to help decorate the Chapels.