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Welcome Anna Staple

Anna Staple is now Anna Chaplain at Holy Trinity Church, Lamorbey, Kent. Anna also continues to work as Personal Assistant at the church. She has catering qualifications, and then worked in office administration, mainly for education-based institutions. For a number of years, she worked for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, followed by the London Chamber of Commerce Examinations Board, and the University of Greenwich. Anna will be commissioned as Anna Chaplain ...Read more

John Phillips, new Anna Chaplain

John Phillips at his commissioning A warm welcome to John Phillips in Cheshire , who was commissioned on 29 July as Anna Chaplain for Thornton-Le-Moors with Ince and Elton Ecumenical Partnership by his minister Revd Dr Ruth Ackroyd. John has been called to serve in this community with a specific responsibility for the spiritual welfare of older people, especially those at Thornton Manor Care Home. We are delighted and thankful for the important ministry John ...Read more

Messy Vintage on the road

Messy Vintage is going to Blended Festival, the national Fresh Expressions conference this autumn in East Anglia. There’s no better way of discovering how to do something than from an experienced practitioner, and Charlotte McKernan will be putting on a sample Messy Vintage workshop. Charlotte and her team, has been piloting Messy Vintage at Loughton in Essex for many months. On Saturday 3 November, at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire, she joins others looking at different ...Read more

Faith and Health Award 2018

Congratulations to the Surrey churches of Busbridge and Hambledon for their part in an award-winning project, ‘Hear Here! – Hearing Champions’, which has won the Faith and Health Award 2018. Penny Naylor, a member of The Gift of Years network, explains that ‘the Hearing Champions project, led by the Diocese of Guildford (and of which our Hearing Clinics are a part) has recently been announced the winner of the Faith Action: Faith and Health Award. ...Read more

The Silver Service 2018

Anna Chaplains Rachel Sturt and Debbie Thrower, and Anna Friend Julia Poole Despite the mercury rising above 30 degrees, stalwart churchgoers in Alton headed for the town’s Methodist Church for the annual afternoon service to value age and celebrate the lives of older people, led by Alton’s Anna Chaplains. The congregation at The Silver Service Seventy people took part in The Silver Service, which has been a yearly fixture since Anna Chaplaincy began in the ...Read more


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