Resourcing the spiritual journey of older people

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Debbie on ITV Meridian

Debbie’s work was highlighted by ITV Meridian as part of its celebrations of the 25th anniversary of its launch in Southern England. Reporter Sally Simmonds gave Debbie the opportunity to explain how she left TV behind to focus on supporting people in later life through The Gift of Years and Anna Chaplaincy to Older People. Bringing viewers up to date, an interview by reporter Sally Simmonds gave Debbie the opportunity to explain how she left ...Read more

Resource and Refresh day

You may like to know that Erica and her team are holding another ‘Resource and Refresh’ day for those involved in work among older people. An annual event for several years now, which has always attracted people from far and wide – network members and others – this spring the main speaker will be the Revd Dr Joanna Collicutt, tutor at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, Spiritual Advisor for Older People in the Oxford Diocese and director ...Read more

Anna Chaplains commissioned in Southampton

Revd Dr Erica Roberts with newly commissioned Anna Chaplains: Marion Hitchins, Esther Clift and Faith Kenny Three new Anna Chaplains have been commissioned in Southampton. They join a team led by The Gift of Years network member, the City Chaplain for Older People, Revd Dr Erica Roberts. At a special service held at St James’ by the Park, Shirley, the Bishop of Southampton, Rt Revd Dr Jonathan Frost, commissioned Esther Clift to work in the ...Read more

Messy Vintage in Hertfordshire

We're glad to say that the missional offshoot of Messy Church, Messy Vintage , is taking off in various parts of the UK. We welcome your updates on how your own Messy Vintage sessions are going! Jackie Halter is a Reader (or Licensed Lay Minister) in Letchworth Parish, at St Michael the Archangel with St Mary the Virgin in Hertfordshire. She heard about Messy Vintage and had met Debbie at both the Messy Church Conference ...Read more

'Inspiring day' at Chelmsford

We’ve also been taking the message that older people matter to Essex, with a day for Readers and Pastoral assistants in the Diocese of Chelmsford. The event was held at the Church of the Ascension with All Saints in Maltese Road in the city. Pastoral assistant John Carr is a volunteer Ward Chaplain at a local hospital. He wrote to Debbie afterwards, thanking her for such an ‘inspiring day last Saturday. I just wanted to ...Read more

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