Ministers from three Christian denominations have begun offering Chaplaincy services to staff at Sports Direct headquarters in Shirebrook, which sits in the Diocese of Derby.
Church of England, Methodist, and Catholic clergy from churches (Holy Trinity Parish Church, Shirebrook Methodist Church, St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church) in the nearby town of Shirebrook, are offering the service between 11 and 12.30 every Monday. The three churches are part of an ecumenical group and approached company bosses with the idea of offering Chaplaincy services to all staff, regardless of faith.
Sports Direct welcomed the idea of offering Chaplaincy services and set aside space in the staff canteen for clergy to meet with staff to discuss personal, relationship or work issues. The company is the biggest employer in the area with more than 4000 staff at Shirebrook, home to its head office and main distribution centre and supporting more than 440 stores across the UK.
“We’re offering a friendly, confidential support service independent of Sports Direct, and we don’t share the content of our conversations. We’re here to provide a listening ear and give help and direction to those who need it. It doesn’t need to be a work related issue, or a faith related issue, we can help with family, financial or relationship concerns,” says Reverend Karen Bradley of Holy Trinity church in Shirebrook.