The Chaplaincy was founded in 1987 and Revd. Michael Banfield has been Senior Chaplain since 1995, and is supported by a part-time Team of volunteer Chaplains. Chaplaincy is available at the Airport on weekdays during office hours, and on call at most other times.
The Chaplaincy MinistryThe Airport Chaplaincy understands the aim as being to identify, understand, and share in the issues that affect staff and passengers at the Airport, and to reflect the concern of the churches for people, and for faith-based values in life and work.
Both the churches and the Airport see it as important that in a commercial setting like London Luton Airport, where thousands of staff work and millions of passengers travel through, there should be an agency for listening to individuals in need, supporting and encouraging people and the employing companies in the work they do, and a ministry presence that reminds staff and passengers alike of the spiritual values of life;
Chaplaincy ministry is offered to staff and passengers of any faith or none;
The Chaplaincy role includes offering assistance to passengers in special need or when on pilgrimage;
Further activities for the Chaplaincy include care of the Airport Chapel and Prayer Room facilities, and involvement in emergency planning for both Airport and airlines;
The Chaplaincy is affiliated to the International Association of Civil Aviation Chaplains (IACAC), and the British Isles and Eire Network of Airport Chaplains;
This Chaplaincy is sponsored equally by London Luton Airport Operations Ltd for the Airport, and Workplace Matters in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire for the churches.
The Airport Chapel
Opened in 2000, the facility extends a welcome to people of all faiths. It is a haven of peace, and a place for quiet reflection, in the midst of the Airport's activity. It is open from 0400 hours until 2300 hours each day for personal use and everyone is welcome to make use of it. Prayer mats are available, as are faith scriptures and other literature. Please feel free to sign the Visitors' Book when you visit.
The facility is located close to the main terminal building, at the front of the previous terminal. Just follow the clear signage from the Onward Travel Centre, or from the main concourse, in the terminal.
A 25-minute Christian Worship/Prayer Service is normally held each Wednesday at 1305 hours - and all passengers, visitors, and members of staff are welcome to attend. Services, including Sunday Services, are announced in the terminal building.
The Multi Faith Prayer Room
Opened in January 2010, the Prayer Room is located after the Security search area, on the upper level of the Departure Lounge, near the Executive Lounges - and passengers can access it via the same entrance. Follow the signs.
It is available at all times to passengers and staff of any faith. Prayer mats are available, together with faith literature.
There is also an adjacent room with Religious Washing Facilities.
Associate Chaplains of both Jewish and Muslim faiths are available to be called upon.
To contact the Chaplaincy
For details of other Airport Chaplaincies within the UK and world-wide, visit: www.iacac.ws
To learn more about Workplace Matters in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire (WMHB), visit: www.workplacematters.org.uk
The Chaplaincy Team
L - R: Jay Andolini, Reverend R Mike Shaw, Patricia Yates, Gerald Hale, Rabbi Alan Plancey, Lisa Finch-Steven, Linda Banfield, Katie Jones
L - R: Barbara McIntosh, Reverend Michael Banfield, Malcolm Roberts
Not pictured: Reverend Ian Handscomb
Links with the Local Community
The Airport Chaplaincy, in serving the Airport community, is conscious that the Airport itself is closely linked with the local community, with many residents working at the Airport or for its suppliers, and others travelling through as passengers. Chaplaincy Team members are drawn from churches and faith groups serving the local community, and so the Chaplaincy is interested in and concerned for both the Airport and its neighbours. The Chaplaincy is pleased to have the opportunity to support both Airport and wider community through involvement in London Luton Airport's Community Engagement Strategy, and takes a special interest in the work of those implementing it.
For more on the Community Engagement Strategy, visit: www.london-lutoninthecommunity.co.uk
Our photo shows a recent meeting of World Faiths Advisors, who are available to the Chaplaincy for pastoral or emergency response purposes, some of the Chaplaincy Team members, who hosted the meeting in the Airport Chapel.
Chaplaincy 25th Anniversary - November 2012
A special service of thanksgiving was held in November 2012 to mark the 25th Anniversary of London Luton Airport’s Chaplaincy. The service, led by Senior Airport Chaplain, Reverend Michael Banfield and the Right Reverend Alan Smith, Bishop of St Albans, was held in the Airport Chapel and affirmed the purpose and work of the Chaplaincy within the Airport environment.
Our photo shows: L to R – Katie Jones, Lisa Finch-Steven, Alan Harpham, The Revd R Mike Shaw, Linda Banfield, Gerald Hale, The Revd Stephen Copson, Revd Canon Jonathan Baldwin, The Revd Michael Banfield, Rabbi Alan Plancey, Simon Best, The Rt Revd Alan Smith, Barbara McIntosh, Malcolm Roberts, The Revd Bob Gunn, Jay Andolini, The Revd James Ogley, Rupert Lawrie.
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