Typically, Chaplaincy programs are supported by horsemen's groups, track operators, and individuals. I sincerely ask that you consider the value of restoring a healthy relationship with a family member, or overcoming an addition to alcohol, drugs or gambling. One day that could be a friend or family member or even you, in need of the Chaplain's help.
I ask that you do your part as an individual horseperson. Let's make sure all of us have a Chaplain available in our time of need. At the present time we have only one Chaplain available at Mohawk Raceway. It is our desire to expand with more Chaplains in other parts of Ontario. We are partially funded by the O.H.H.A. but we need your help to make that possible. Eventually, it is our goal to become fully self-supporting.
Who are the Race Track Chaplains?
Each day on the front sides and the backstretches of the tracks across Ontario, Chaplains are there in triumph and tragedy to provide Christian ministry to the entire racing community. They walk through the barns and paddocks, visit drivers rooms to offer devotions, prayer, encouragement and solutions to spiritual, emotional, material and phyiscal needs of the racing workplace. Coming from all denominations, they respond to a call from their Creator. Walking the extra mile on behalf of their brothers and sisters is not a goal, but a spiritual mandate.
What Do Race Track Chaplians Do?
- Host non-denominational church services and Bible studies.
- Visit sick and injured workers in hospital.
- Officiate at weddings, funerals, baptisms, baby dedications, and memorial services.
- Lead pre-race devotions and prayer in driver's room.
- Provide Christian Bible-based counselling.
- Provide food, clothing, and transportation to workers in need.
- Organize and host wholesome on-track events.
- Host AA and similar meetings, make referrals to on-site and off-site substance abuse programs.