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Messy Vintage at Loughton, Essex

The new missional offshoot of Messy Church, Messy Vintage , has pilots taking place in different parts of the country. We’ve received encouraging news from one in Loughton in Essex. Charlotte Mckernan reports that they’ve now held two Messy Vintage events and another was coming up this month. ‘We start by registering people, this is common practice at out church, and asking everyone to wear a name badge. Volunteers have Messy Vintage lanyards so we ...Read more

Welcome Sophie Sutherland

There’s another new Anna Chaplain in Kent. Bromley has appointed the Revd Sophie Sutherland to a 15-hours-a-week paid post as an Anna Chaplain, based in Bromley Parish Church. Following her ordination in 2012, Sophie says she developed a special interest in the spiritual care of older people while working closely with care homes in the parish of Chevening, near Sevenoaks. More recently, she has been working as a chaplain within the King’s College Hospital Trust. ...Read more

New Anna Chaplains in Winchester

New Anna Chaplains and Anna Friends with Bishop David Williams and Debbie Thrower Four new Anna Chaplains and nine Anna Friends were commissioned by the Bishop of Basingstoke, the Right Revd David Williams, in the Worthys and Upper Dever Valley, east of Winchester. Bishop David gave an account of some of the older people he’d met throughout his time as a priest who had profoundly affected him, such as an elderly woman with dementia who ...Read more

High Leigh network gathering

Delegates at the High Leigh network gathering It was a significant and very enjoyable two days for us all at the annual network gathering which was held at High Leigh, Hertfordshire this year. Almost 70 people came from many parts of the UK – South Wales, Newcastle, Birmingham, Kent, Rugby and the south coast. A number chose to arrive the night before to make the most of the opportunity to socialise and meet colleagues sharing ...Read more

Messy Vintage

Messy Vintage will be a hot topic at this year’s national gathering of The Gift of Years network as we welcome coordinator Katie Norman from Jersey. Messy Vintage has its own Pinterest page . We’re grateful to Jane Leadbetter of the Messy Church team for getting it up and running. So, all of you keen to start this form of Messy Church that’s intentionally for older people can gain fresh ideas, and add some of ...Read more