'Anna Chaplaincy' Ministry For Older People

Offering spiritual care later in life

THURSDAY 28TH APRIL 2022. 9.45am for tea/coffee. 10.15am start to 2pm incl 2 course lunch.

This Pastoral Day will outline the role of ‘Anna Chaplains’ and also offer advice for those caring for older people, whether that’s among family, friends or at work. Former broadcaster Debbie Thrower pioneered ‘Anna Chaplaincy for Older People’ in 2010. Anna Chaplains are named after the widow, Anna, who appears with Simeon in Luke’s gospel; both are good role models of faithful older people.

Outline of the day:

• How to help older people reflect on their spiritual journey, including the healing of memories and dealing with outstanding issues such as guilt or lack of forgiveness.

• How to offer spiritual support so that older people may live more peacefully in their last years and prepare to face the end of their earthly lives.

• Help you and your church recognise and appreciate the value of the contribution older people make to life.

• Increase understanding of how young and old can learn from each other and enjoy each other’s company.·

• Discover ways to encourage younger generations to consider what constitutes ‘successful ageing’ and so prepare for more positive experiences in their own old age.

THE ROLE OF AN ANNA CHAPLAIN if you would like to consider becoming one:

'Anna Chaplains' are there for people of strong, little or no faith at all. They have a wide role within the community as an advocate and a champion of the contribution older people make to society. Spiritual support provided in a gentle and loving way brings comfort and succour to people who may be at a low point in their lives. It enables older people to live with greater meaning and purpose. Some of those who become Anna Chaplains, or volunteer ‘Anna Friends’ working with them, are themselves post-retirement and discover new meaning and impetus through drawing alongside others in this way. The vision is to have Chaplains who really understand the spirituality of ageing and who can help meet the needs, particularly of those who face prolonged spells alone and can easily become isolated. You can find out more about becoming an Anna Chaplain on the day and beforehand at: www.annachaplaincy.org.uk

Debbie Thrower is a former journalist, TV and radio broadcaster, and Church of England licensed lay minister (LLM) and Canon Emeritus of Winchester Cathedral. Her media experience informs her approach to promoting the spiritual welfare of older people, using the narrative of people’s lives to seek shape, meaning and purpose, and to foster hope and resilience.

The day runs from 10.15am to 2pm (tea/coffee and biscuits from 9.45am). The cost of £25.00 per person includes a 2 course lunch at 1.15pm approx (and a financial gift for our speaker's ministry).

To book please call 01277 365398 option 4.