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.
Our four Anna Chaplains are:
Marion Hitchins for Southampton East,
Kathy Hyde for Sholing and Merryoak,
Esther Clift for Southampton West and
Margaret Hague for Southampton West, Lordshill, Coxford and Millbrook.
And Revd Erica Roberts is the City Chaplain for older people in Southampton.
Caraway looks forward to resourcing more Anna Chaplains as a key priority over the coming months.