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'Give us our daily bread' Quiet Day

Experiencing growing older as a precious time for reflection was the theme chosen for a BRF Quiet Day at Old Alresford Place: ‘Give us our daily bread.’ Debbie explored some of the layers of meaning from what she called this ‘deceptively simple phrase couched in the imperative, Give! God gives us permission to ask for the little things as well as the big.’ ‘It was a day,’ she said, ‘for thinking about how we might ...Read more

Heart of Kent Anna Chaplaincy official launch

St Peter and St Paul Church in Aylesford, Kent, was the setting for the official launch the Heart of Kent Anna Chaplaincy and the new partnership with the Heart of Kent Hospice . The Bishop of Tonbridge, the Right Revd Simon Burton-Jones, conducted the service withy special prayers for lead Anna Chaplain, the Revd Colin Terry and his team of Anna Friends: Alice English, Pauline Welch and Daphne Gear. Debbie led the prayers and spoke ...Read more

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


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