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...

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The Gift of Years is the newest addition to the The Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF) and has been developed by BRF since 2014.

Through The Gift of Years we aim to inspire, equip and enable every church across the UK to meet the spiritual needs of older people wherever they may be - in residential care, congregrations, in their own homes and in the community. At the heart of The Gift of Years is the Anna Chaplain model which we are making widely accessible. 

We are aiming to:

  • increase the provision of spiritual care services for older people 
  • raise awareness of older people's spiritual needs
  • improve skills, knowledge and confidence within communities in addressing these needs 

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. It is time for churches across the denominations to recognise fully the needs and the potential of older people, both in churches and in wider communities. 

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