Enabling all ages to grow in faith


BRF and the communities we work with are hugely blessed by volunteers. These are people with a passion for serving God where they are, who generously give of their time, prayer and skills.

If you are interested in becoming a BRF volunteer or want to explore it further, please email jane.butcher@brf.org.uk.

‘It is two years since I first started as a volunteer at my local care home. It brings me such personal satisfaction and is I believe the most effective work of Christian outreach in our local community I have ever done.’
Eileen, an Anna Chaplain

Current volunteering opportunities

BRF local church champions are volunteers who share the work of BRF and its ministries in their church. This could be done in a variety of ways, such as including news in the church’s notice sheet and social media, displaying flyers and leaflets, or talking about BRF’s various ministries with individuals.

By spending just a short time each week, each fortnight or even each month, you could help your church hear about opportunities and resources that could change lives. In return we offer a friendly welcome, ongoing support from the team leader, all the resources you need and a genuine appreciation of your contribution to our mission.

If you have a heart to share the work of BRF, have access to a computer and some time to volunteer, do get in touch with jane.butcher@brf.org.uk.

Meet our volunteers: Erica Roberts

I love the way that God gives us new passions and guides us into new pastures! Being commissioned to volunteer into the exciting and pioneering role of city chaplain for older people in Southampton in March 2014 was as surprising as it has been fulfilling. Stepping into God’s plans to spiritually resource the older person in church, community and care dovetailed with the growing vision for Anna Chaplaincy at BRF. In October 2018, Caraway was launched to support this new role, to enable the growing demand for this local work.

I have been inspired by the Anna Chaplaincy Network and love being part of the national steering group as we continue to dream God’s dreams for this valued part of God’s people. In Southampton I have the privilege of being part of a rapidly growing team of Anna Chaplains and a rainbow of other volunteers. During the pandemic our volunteer team bonded deeply, as we developed creative resources to support the older community, including Vintage Adventure @ Home, a version of Messy Vintage, which continues to be distributed to over 200 households each month.

Serving God in this way is enriching, encouraging and deeply humbling. I learn more each day from those around me and am inspired by those wise, elders who teach me so much. As Aristotle once said, ‘What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.’

‘Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.’

Psalm 37:4

Canon Dr Erica Roberts is a member of the Anna Chaplaincy steering group.

Support Messy Churches

There are nearly 3,800 Messy Churches in the world, and around two thirds are in the UK. Some are run by paid staff in well-resourced churches. Many are set up by lone visionaries passionate to see renewal in dwindling congregations.

All need help from time to time – whether it’s setting up a new Messy Church, supporting families with special needs, a sounding board or prayer for a tricky issue or training for leaders.

BRF’s Messy Church team coordinates and supports nine groups of experienced volunteer practitioners so all Messy Churches – from the tiniest to the biggest, have someone to turn to for help and inspiration.

61% of Messy Church families wouldn’t otherwise go to church.

81% of Messy Church leaders see evidence of lives changed. 

Independent research by Church Army Research Unit

Group of volunteers on a beach