Anna Chaplaincy

Published on: 6 September 2021

When her mother was in care, Gaye Hailstone knew that her spiritual needs were simply not being met.

It sharpened Gaye’s sense “of the importance of including those in care homes as a vital part of our church family.” With her Rector’s encouragement, she now leads a team who regularly take short, simple acts of worship into the four care homes of the villages of the Yare Valley Churches – or, during Covid, outside them, as pictured. The congregations – growing in each home – are engaged, responsive and deeply appreciative.

So, what’s next? Recognition of and support for this ministry is planned through a formal connection (to be shared, it’s hoped, by other churches across our diocese) with the national network of Anna Chaplains. Named after the 84-year-old who waited upon God with faithfulness and insight (Luke 2. 36-38), theirs is a vision of “a pioneering, targeted ministry among people in their later years”.

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