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Messy Vintage with The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army in Stanford le Hope in Essex report trialling a form of ‘Messy Vintage’ for the past three or four years now. Major Sharon King wrote to tell us how she got involved: ‘As I was leading worship one Sunday, I suddenly came to the realisation that a lot of my congregation did not know the basic Bible stories and so I commenced a monthly Messy Church for adults. This would follow on ...Read more

Messy Vintage in New Zealand

We’re excited to hear that Messy Vintage is spreading internationally now too – to the New Zealand Diocese of Waiapu. Te Puke Anglican Church, in the Bay of Plenty, has just held its first Messy Vintage in the dementia unit of a facility for the care of older people, Carter House. The Revd Ruth Dewdney wrote to tell us how she ‘had twelve of the fifteen residents involved, plus helpers from the parish, plus staff. ...Read more

'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


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