What is the Anna Chaplaincy Handbook?
The Anna Chaplaincy Handbook is designed for people wanting to develop this tried-and-tested approach to ministry among older people in their area. You might be an individual sensing a calling to this ministry who wants to go to the next level, or a church leader exploring Anna Chaplaincy as an effective response to the needs of older people in a world of accelerating demographic change.
The goal is greater flourishing in later life – offering inspiration tempered by realism in the hope that more of us might view advancing age as a time to live deeply and well, experiencing life as a truly rich gift of years.
What is in the handbook?
The handbook contains 25 chapters of distilled expertise on how to meet the spiritual needs of older people using the Anna Chaplaincy approach. It opens eyes to fresh possibilities and to the opportunities for a deepening spiritual life. It also addresses vital practical aspects of this ministry, such as supervision and safeguarding.
1 Introduction and vision
2 The changing nature of old age
3 Ageing and spirituality
4 Spirituality and dementia
5 What is an Anna Chaplain to Older People?
6 The role of an Anna Chaplain
7 Getting started: a guide to establishing an Anna Chaplain in your community
8 Knowing your patch
9 Anna Friends/Chaplaincy volunteers: developing a team
10 How to know if you are effective: evaluation and monitoring
11 Advice on the safety and well-being of adults
13 A snapshot of the life of Anna Chaplains in Alton through their activities
14 Listening and conversation skills
16 Funeral ministry
17 Working across the community
18 Helping people prepare for retirement and old age
19 Working with people living with dementia and their supporters
20 Self-worth in our later years
21 Messy Vintage
22 The Gift of Years network
23 Useful resources
24 Frequently asked questions
25 Conclusion: recurring themes and sources of inspiration
How can I get a copy of the handbook?
For those who have a genuine interest in this area, the PDF of the Anna Chaplaincy Handbook is available for free, or you can order a paperback copy for £14.99. Please email Alex Burn, The Gift of Years Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details. Anna Chaplaincy is currently only available in the UK.
'This is a wise handbook and one which is to be treasured. It sees that the care of older people is part of the heart-purpose of God and that for churches to be involved in this form of ministry is to share in the healing love which Christ has for our hurting communities. I commend it to you most warmly, with gratitude for all that has already been achieved and in the hope that this form of ministry will continue to flourish and grow in the years ahead.'
Rt Revd Dr Christopher Herbert, former Bishop of St Albans