Anna Chaplaincy

BRF Ministries is the home of spiritual care in later life

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What is Anna Chaplaincy

Anna Chaplaincy is a way of supporting older people emotionally and spiritually. We have practical knowledge of developing Anna Chaplaincy in communities across the UK. Whether you’re an individual called to this ministry, or a church leader wanting to develop it in your community, we can help you.

Our network of Anna Chaplains offer spiritual care in later life, in a wide range of contexts. They accompany older people in reflecting on their life and their relationship with God, breaking down generational barriers and offering friendship and community.

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.

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.

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What we’re working on

The Anna Chaplaincy team at BRF Ministries is continuing to work to encourage, affirm and resource existing Anna Chaplains and enable others to embark on this ministry for the first time.

We’re working on:

  • Raising the profile of Anna Chaplains within the church at a denominational level and liaising with others working in this area.
  • Developing a programme of training for existing and prospective Anna Chaplains to provide a foundation of excellence in ministry.

How Anna Chaplaincy is funded

Each year we need around £300,000 to sustain and develop Anna Chaplaincy. The vast majority of these funds are donated by individuals, churches and charitable trusts. We are so thankful to those who have generously given to support this ministry.

While we do generate some income for Anna Chaplaincy through charitable activities such as training events, this doesn’t cover the full cost of what we offer. Read more about how we are funded here.

Introducing the work of Anna Chaplaincy

In this short video, Debbie Thrower and Debbie Ducille introduce the work of Anna Chaplaincy and what is involved in being an Anna Chaplain. This community-based chaplaincy is making a difference to older people around the country, and one woman shares what it means to her.

‘Anna Chaplaincy encourages that important spiritual care of patience and giving time to be alongside people.

General Synod attendee representing Newcastle

Anna Chaplaincy founder

The first Anna Chaplain, former broadcaster and Licensed Lay Minister Debbie Thrower, works for BRF Ministries as the founder and pioneer of this work, while remaining a part-time Anna Chaplain in Alton. BRF Ministries is responsible for the promotion and development of Anna Chaplaincy, which sits squarely within all that the charity does to inspire, equip and enable people in their churches and communities.

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‘One of the biggest shifts in our approach to caring for older people that has started to happen with Anna Chaplaincy is that we’re spending time alongside people, rather than rushing in to do a short Holy Communion and leaving straight after.
General Synod
Attendee representing Newcastle