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Messy Vintage at Blended Festival

There was plenty of interest generated in Messy Vintage thanks to the National Fresh Expressions Conference, ‘Blended’, held at Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire this month. Charlotte Mckernan and her team from Loughton, Essex, helped people sample Messy Vintage with a workshop at the day conference. We are grateful for the enthusiasm and expertise they brought to introducing the concept to delegates. ‘It seemed to go well!’ reports Charlotte. ‘We had just under 30 people and we ...Read more

Launch of Caraway

Erica Roberts, City Chaplain for Older People in Southampton and contributor to Bible Reflections for Older People , has officially launched her charity Caraway , which promotes the spiritual well-being of those in older age in Southampton, both at home, in the community and in care, reaching out to those of all faiths or none, so that each older person continues to be significant and to flourish until the end of their life. It is ...Read more

A Million Hands

Margaret Hollands with boys from Beavers Many more children now understand dementia better thanks to Margaret Hollands, who is an Anna Chaplain and Dementia Friends Champion in the Diocese of Rochester. ‘A Million Hands’ is a partnership between the Alzheimer’s Society and the Scouts Association through which youngsters learn about dementia and what actions they can take to make a difference in their communities and helps them achieve their Community Impact badge. ‘In July, when ...Read more

Fourth annual Network Gathering

Delegates at the 2018 Network Gathering Feedback has been glowing from the 50 people who attended the fourth annual The Gift of Years network gathering, held this October at the Hayes Centre in Swanwick, Derbyshire. Each year the gathering moves around the country. ‘We’ve come a long way since a dozen of us met at Waverley Abbey in Surrey in 2014,’ said The Gift of Years Team Leader, Debbie Thrower. Facing it This year, for ...Read more

Archbishop commissions latest Anna Chaplains

Three new Anna Chaplains and three new Anna Friends, with Archbishop Justin Welby The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, has commissioned our three newest Anna Chaplains, and three Anna Friends working with them, on a visit to south-east London. When the Anna Chaplains and Anna Friends came to be commissioned, the Archbishop asked the question: ‘Anna Chaplaincy requires sensitivity, discretion and patient love. Do you promise to carry out your duties with ...Read more


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