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'Rich in age' event in Crickhowell

Seventy people from across the Swansea and Brecon Diocese, and beyond, have been exploring the opportunities for serving older people – those ‘rich in age and experience’ – at a day in Crickhowell in the Brecon Beacons, put on by the Church of Wales. Debbie Thrower covered subjects as diverse as the changing demographic in Britain, the theology of ageing, and meeting the challenge of dementia. Lay and ordained participants came from Swansea, Cardiff, Bridgend, ...Read more

Congratulations Sally Rees

Wales has a significant new advocate in The Gift of Years network member the Revd Sally Rees, from Crickhowell, who had organised the diocesan training day. We’re delighted to announce that Sally has also been appointed by the Archbishop of Wales as ‘Bishop’s Officer for older people's ministry for Swansea and Brecon Diocese’. Sally, a Deacon at St Edmunds, who has responsibility for overseeing Older People’s Ministry in the St Catwg’s (Crickhowell) Ministry Area, was ...Read more

Inaugural training course at Cliff College

A brand-new short course at Cliff College, Derbyshire, on Ministry among Older People was dubbed ‘inspirational’, ‘excellent’ and ‘affirming’. It was ‘a privilege to be on this course,’ added another of the 26 participants on this first-ever Certificate Short Course on the subject, which the theological college has offered. It will now be repeated next September. Many of those who enrolled are already practitioners in the field. They’d come from Canada, Switzerland and all parts ...Read more

Forget-me-not services

Alton’s Anna Chaplains have inaugurated a regular Forget Me Not service to highlight the importance of supporting people living with dementia and their carers. All Saints Church was the venue for the new service led by Anna Chaplain, the Revd Rachel Sturt, along with Debbie Thrower and Anna Friend, Kate Dando, and her daughter Christine, who have been raising funds for dementia charities for many years. Another volunteer Anna Friend, Becky Shaylor, made a bouquet ...Read more

Seaside Holiday at Home

A Holiday at Home with a seaside theme has taken place in Alton, Hampshire – the first of what look set to be more such initiatives in the home town of Anna Chaplaincy. ‘Having never run Holiday at Home before at Alton Methodist, we decided to begin with a day’s programme of events during August based on a seaside holiday theme,’ said Methodist minister, the Revd Philip Simpkins. Revd Philip Simpkins ‘Around 30 senior people ...Read more


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