Anna Chaplain ventures into new home and resident says: 'I've been waiting for God to come in!'
Anna Chaplain in Jesmond, Newcastle, Joan Grenfell has been telling us about a new development in her ministry to care homes locally.
'I thought you would like to know that I have begun the Anna Chaplaincy ministry in a new care home in my parish. It was a bit scary meeting new people… would they take to me, would I meet their expectations?
'I need not have worried as it was a lovely experience. It was a simple sharing of the sacrament, followed by an opportunity to talk one-to-one with those who had been at the service, as well as other residents. I was able to reconnect with a resident who had previously been a regular member of our church congregation and who was now benefiting from residential care.
'When I played two hymns there was spontaneous joining in, in spite of residents not having the words in front of them! There were tears as well.
One resident said, “I have been waiting for this! I have been here for a year and have been waiting for God to come in!”
'When I shared with them how Anna Chaplaincy came into being, they all remembered you in your broadcasting days, Debbie!
'Feedback from the wellbeing/liaison coordinator was good. Everyone was happy with what had been offered. I am looking forward to deepening my relationship with the residents, staff and family members.'
We send many congratulations to Joan for making this new connection and are delighted that her ministry is being so warmly received (writes Debbie).
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