The name Anna Chaplain was chosen for its echoes of Anna, the widow and faithful older person who, together with Simeon, recognised the baby Jesus as the Messiah and the fulfilment of God’s promises.
In a world where social isolation is an identified issue in many of our communities and at a time when the elderly have been some of the most affected by the COVID pandemic, the Church’s ministry to the elderly is now more important than ever.
Anna Chaplaincy provides a means of training, equipping and releasing people who will minister amongst the most vulnerable and needy in our communities.
We have sought to create a Diocesan-wide network of Anna Chaplains who come together at regular intervals to support, encourage and share good practice with one another.
If you would like to find out more, then please get in touch with Revd Canon Nigel Tuffnell or Gaye Hailstone.
Anna Chaplain Stories
The Coronation of King Charles III is just what we all needed to celebrate together. As Anna Chaplains we knew this was the perfect time for rejoicing with our old folk living in residential care and those who attend our Forget Me Not cafes. Here is just a taste of
At the beginning of February the Bishop of Lynn, the Rt Revd Bishop Jane Steen commissioned seven new Anna Chaplains and two Anna Friends at a service in Norwich Cathedral. Anna Chaplains offer spiritual support to older people who are living in care homes and sheltered housing complexes, their relatives
In the message, he acknowledges those who continue to be lonely even after the end of pandemic restrictions. The DailyHOPE telephone line was launched in April 2020 as a response by the Church of England, Faith in Later Life and Connections at Holy Trinity Church in Claygate to support older
Anna Chaplaincy is a national Church of England ministry for supporting older people emotionally and spiritually. Anna Chaplains are named after the widow, Anna, who appears with Simeon in Luke’s gospel; both are good role models of faithful older people. The vision is to see an Anna Chaplain in every
For each of the individuals, the service represented a significant point in their journey of discernment and discovery as they have each responded to God’s call on their lives. Anna Chaplaincy is firmly rooted within a local area, each Anna Chaplain working closely with the leadership team of the local