Yarmouth churches urged to consider spiritual care scheme
Anna Chaplaincy is a spiritual support and welfare scheme for older people, and churches in the Great Yarmouth area are urged to consider how it might be a way to offer emotional and spiritual support to the older population in the borough.
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. Anna Chaplains are there for people of strong, little or no faith at all.
The main purposes of an Anna Chaplain are:
Offering spiritual support to older people who are living in care homes and sheltered housing complexes, their relatives and staff who look after them.
Promoting the spiritual welfare of older people in the wider community, particularly those facing challenges living independently.
The Anna Chaplaincy website says “Our vision is to see an Anna Chaplain in every small- and medium-sized community in the country, and for the Anna Chaplain name to become synonymous with spiritual care for older people.”
An Anna Chaplain is already in place in Lowestoft, and there are hopes for more to follow across the rest of the Norwich Diocese.
Anna Heydon, Development Worker for Imagine Norfolk Together in Great Yarmouth, said “Over the past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to find out more about Anna Chaplaincy, and to begin to consider how it might be a way to support the older population in the Great Yarmouth Borough. If you are interested, please get in touch to discuss this further”
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