Resourcing the spiritual journey of older people

Introducing The Gift of Years

29-30 October 2015: The first ever gathering of The Gift of Years network of Anna Chaplains and others engaged in similar community-based ministry is taking place at Waverley Abbey, Farnham, Surrey. During this time together, we will:

  • share experiences and resources with others engaged in similar ministry among older people
  • compare the joys and challenges of this work and to offer one another support 
  • provide an update on the development of The Gift of Years and how promoting the spiritual welfare of older people through Anna Chaplaincy, which is at the heart of this BRF programme, is expanding
  • create time and space for reflection, with the aim of returning home refreshed, recharged, and reminded of the value and significance of our work.

For more information about Anna Chaplaincy and the growing network of Anna Chaplains, contact annachaplaincy@brf.org.uk.

- See more at: http://www.thegiftofyears.org.uk/news/gift-years-first-gathering-growing...

29-30 October 2015: The first ever gathering of The Gift of Years network of Anna Chaplains and others engaged in similar community-based ministry is taking place at Waverley Abbey, Farnham, Surrey. During this time together, we will:

  • share experiences and resources with others engaged in similar ministry among older people
  • compare the joys and challenges of this work and to offer one another support 
  • provide an update on the development of The Gift of Years and how promoting the spiritual welfare of older people through Anna Chaplaincy, which is at the heart of this BRF programme, is expanding
  • create time and space for reflection, with the aim of returning home refreshed, recharged, and reminded of the value and significance of our work.

For more information about Anna Chaplaincy and the growing network of Anna Chaplains, contact annachaplaincy@brf.org.uk.

- See more at: http://www.thegiftofyears.org.uk/news/gift-years-first-gathering-growing...

29-30 October 2015: The first ever gathering of The Gift of Years network of Anna Chaplains and others engaged in similar community-based ministry is taking place at Waverley Abbey, Farnham, Surrey. During this time together, we will:

  • share experiences and resources with others engaged in similar ministry among older people
  • compare the joys and challenges of this work and to offer one another support 
  • provide an update on the development of The Gift of Years and how promoting the spiritual welfare of older people through Anna Chaplaincy, which is at the heart of this BRF programme, is expanding
  • create time and space for reflection, with the aim of returning home refreshed, recharged, and reminded of the value and significance of our work.

For more information about Anna Chaplaincy and the growing network of Anna Chaplains, contact annachaplaincy@brf.org.uk.

- See more at: http://www.thegiftofyears.org.uk/news/gift-years-first-gathering-growing...

29-30 October 2015: The first ever gathering of The Gift of Years network of Anna Chaplains and others engaged in similar community-based ministry is taking place at Waverley Abbey, Farnham, Surrey. During this time together, we will:

  • share experiences and resources with others engaged in similar ministry among older people
  • compare the joys and challenges of this work and to offer one another support 
  • provide an update on the development of The Gift of Years and how promoting the spiritual welfare of older people through Anna Chaplaincy, which is at the heart of this BRF programme, is expanding
  • create time and space for reflection, with the aim of returning home refreshed, recharged, and reminded of the value and significance of our work.

For more information about Anna Chaplaincy and the growing network of Anna Chaplains, contact annachaplaincy@brf.org.uk.

- See more at: http://www.thegiftofyears.org.uk/news/gift-years-first-gathering-growing...

The Gift of Years is on the road - to Newcastle, Rochester and Lambeth Palace (read more)

The Bible Reading Fellowship - BRF - launched The Gift of Years in 2014 to resource the spiritual journey of older people through:

  • Advocacy: championing and resourcing ministry among older people, wherever they may be - in churches, in care homes, in their own homes, in the community. 
  • Joining up the dots: bringing together a wealth of materials and information for those interested in, and working in, this field.
  • Anna Chaplaincy: a tried-and-tested ecumenical and community-based approach for supporting older people in the tasks of old age.

The Gift of Years is all about resourcing the spiritual journey of older people. We are celebrating lives rich in years. We want to champion and resource ministry among older people, whether in churches, in care homes, in one's own home or in the wider community. See What we offer below and sign up for The Gift of Years newsletter.

A life lived deeply and well is a crowning achievement. Faced with the fact we are living longer, The Gift of Years celebrates the blessings of long life but does not underestimate the challenges either.

What if old age were to be seen more as an adventure, as a spiritual journey we travel together?

The Gift of Years gives voice to the men and women a little further up the road. By regarding the inevitable changes which come with older age in a more positive light, we begin to perceive our ageing as a progression towards nothing less than transformation…

What we offer

  • For individuals
    Equipping older people in later life
  • For churches
    Equipping those that work with older people
  • Anna Chaplaincy
    An approach for ministry among older people
  • News & Events
    What's happening
  • Resources
    Books, websites, ideas/stories, training, worship and much more
  • Support us
    Ways to help grow and develop The Gift of Years ministry