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Befriending schemes

Debbie Thrower speaking at Linking Lives 2018 The expansion of befriending schemes within the Linking Lives UK network continues apace, and at a time when new government funding is being announced to combat loneliness. Debbie Thrower, team leader of The Gift of Years and Anna Chaplain, spoke at Linking Lives UK’s recent annual conference that focused on practical ways of combating social isolation. Fifty delegates from befriending schemes, churches and charities from across the UK ...Read more

Spirituality in Later Life conference in Ferndown

Almost 150 people who packed the Barrington Theatre in Ferndown for a conference on Spirituality in Later Life, including Louise Morse, a renowned speaker and writer working for the Pilgrims’ Friend Society and Pilgrim Homes. Louise blogs online here and is the author of Worshipping with Dementia: Meditations, scriptures, and prayers for sufferers and carers (Monarch Books, 2010). Louise Morse with Debbie Thrower Organised by the Salvation Army, domiciliary care provider the PRAMA Foundation and ...Read more

Committing to Christ at the age of 88

Jean Burt and Terry Brown at their confirmation Jean and Terry are both 88, and took the significant step of faith in getting confirmed recently. The Bishop of Basingstoke conducted a special service at the care home where they are residents. Jean Burt and Terry Brown were surrounded by family and friends as Bishop David Williams welcomed their commitment. Bishop David stressed the ways in which God is faithful throughout our lives, and said that ...Read more

Songs of Praise at Alton

Songs of Praise came to Alton, Hampshire , home of Anna Chaplaincy, but there were no cameras this time… just more than a hundred, strong voices! The interdenominational service was to celebrate the Greater Alton Project (GAP), which led to a number of ecumenical collaborations including Anna Chaplaincy to Older People. Songs of Praise at Alton Alton Methodist Church resounded to many favourite hymns, old and new. Debbie chose one she first heard when presenting ...Read more

Training for curates at Ripon College

James Catford teaching at Ripon College ‘You can’t give what you haven’t got.’ That was the message from James Catford, former Chief Executive of Bible Society and Chair of Renovaré Britain and Ireland, on the day Spiritual Formation was on the syllabus at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, in Oxfordshire . James and Debbie Thrower were training the theological college leavers who were just about to begin their curacies around the country. They received advice on how ...Read more


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