Anna Chaplaincy and the City Chaplain for Older People
Anna Chaplains are community based and come alongside people as they navigate some of the challenges of older age. Their primary role is to listen, both affirming those in later life and helping them to celebrate the gift of life.
The City Chaplain , Erica Roberts leads the Anna Chaplaincy Team.
An Anna Chaplain is sent out by their local church to come alongside those who are older, irrespective of their faith, in order to promote the spiritual well-being of those in their older years. Anna Chaplains can be involved in pastoral visiting, taking a care home service, organising a Holiday at Home or a Dementia Friendly event and are always available with a listening ear.
Anna Chaplaincy is a BRF (Bible Reading Fellowship) initiative, supported by Anna Chaplaincy. The name Anna is inspired by the widow in the Gospel of Luke (Luke 2: 36-40), an older woman who ‘worshipped night and day, fasting and praying‘. Recognising Jesus as the hope for the nations, Anna blesses the baby when Joseph and Mary bring him to the Temple for the customary dedication. Like the widow Anna, the Anna Chaplain seeks to reflect God’s love and hope to those in their older years.
Caraway Care. A Bereavement and Loss Listening Service.
Our Anna Chaplains and their volunteer helpers offer a listening service for those who have experienced Bereavment or loss to do with Dementia.
This is in collaboration with the NHS Admiral Nurses, who care for the carers and their family who live with dementia.