Out With the Old In With the New!

I may not look too new, but I am!! Having worked for twenty years in parish ministry I took the decision to join the RAF in February 2010.

I have been married to my wife Jackie for nearly thirty years and we have three grown up children, a son and two daughters. Having completed three months training at RAF College Cranwell, I was posted to RAF Brize Norton. I have been at Marham for just over two weeks and am looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible.

One of the things that struck me as we moved from our home in Northern Ireland to Brize Norton was the large number of cardboard boxes it took to hold all our things. As my dear wife did all the packing in my absence, (I assured her that I was doing my share of the hard work at Cranwell), I had no idea what could be in all these boxes, did we really need all these things?

Now I know better than to question the number of boxes that were marked for my wife’s wardrobe but all the rest needed a bit of scrutiny! Tools I never use, books; read, half read, never read, clothes for a much thinner me and on it went. I could hardly believe the amount of excess stuff that we had, which we never used. It occurred to me that all we were doing was carting around unnecessary baggage, so I took the bold step and got rid of all the excess baggage. Funny thing is I haven’t needed or missed any of it!

We tend to do this on a personal level as well, we gather up baggage we don’t need and haul it around with us through life. Things such as guilt, fear, worry, and anger are just some of the things we pack into our excess baggage. As Padres our ministry often involves us in helping people to get rid of the excess baggage. Being part of the Air Force when travelling we soon learnt to take what we needed for the journey and no more. I think every now and then it does us all good to check what we have in our personal baggage and to get rid of any unnecessary excess, as our journey will be so much easier without it.

Written By: Padre Phil Corrigan

CHAPLAINCY AT RAF MARHAM

We currently have three chaplains at Marham

Snr Chaplain Padre Andrew Jones, Ext: 7225
Padre Mark Kennard, Ext: 7101
Padre Philip Corrigan, Ext: 7991
Clerk Alison Allsop, Ext: 7550

The Chaplaincy Centre is a busy place with lots going on throughout the week. We also have a Sunday morning service in St Margaret’s our station church, which is also located within the Chaplaincy Centre. Our location, just outside the main gate means that we are very accessible, not just to personnel but also to their families.

As chaplains we offer a place for people to come and talk through any problems or difficulties that they may be facing. We provide counselling, advice, pastoral care and most importantly we offer complete confidentiality.

WEEKDAYS
Monday, War Games Club, 6.30pm – 8pm
Tuesday, Carers Coffee Club, 10.30am – 11.30am
Wednesday, Child Health Clinic, 9.30am – 11.30am
Wednesday, Communion Service, 12pm – 12.30pm
Thursday, Mid Week Fellowship, 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Friday, Home Alone, 9.30am – 11.30am ***
Friday, Marham Craft Club, 7pm – 9pm

SUNDAY
Morning Service, 10.30am

*** Home Alone is for anyone who is at home and would like to get out of the house for a while. There are bacon butties, tea and coffee and children are welcome.

THE BRIDGE FOR HEROES
The Bridge for Heroes is a registered charity that offers special rest and recuperation for our armed forces and veterans and their dependants. Our Headquarters is now in Kings Lynn, Norfolk where we have our first Contact Centre.

Our aim is to provide an environment that assists in early identification of Post Traumatic Stress (also known as ‘post operations stress’) and other problems that our heroes face on returning from front-line operations.

Further information can be found at the following website: www.thebridgeforheroes.org

RESOLUTION: REBUILDING LIVES
PTSD Resolution helps veterans and TA who have failed to reintegrate into a normal work & family life because of military trauma suffered during service in the armed forces.

Trauma causes flashbacks, nightmares, anger and depression – often leading to violence, alcohol and substance abuse, job loss, family breakdown and even suicide.

Through a nationwide network of 250 accredited therapists, PTSD Resolution provides treatment to enable veterans to resolve the mental health problems associated with military trauma that obstruct a normal range of family and work relationships.

Resolution therapy is brief, with an average of just three to four one-hour sessions, conducted on an out-patient basis, to support family and work routines.

The programme is complementary to the work of other services’ charities, in that it resolves the mental health issues that are barriers to successful reintegration and settlement.

Further information can be found at the following website: www.ptsdresolution.org

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