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  • Writer's pictureDebbie Thrower

Bridgend Anna Chaplain takes on new civic role

Updated: Jul 29, 2022


The town mayor councillor Tim Wood, mayor's consort Claire Ayers, his grace archbishop O’Toole, Cardiff Diocese, chaplain Mavis Martin, deputy lord lieutenant Felicity Ladbrooke and his worshipful councillor Martyn Jones, mayor of borough of Bridgend.

Mavis Martin has been telling us how becoming the mayor's chaplain is opening new doors for her work in south Wales:


‘As an Anna Chaplain, I have been totally focused on serving the needs of the elderly within our community.


‘However, I recently received and have accepted an invitation from our town mayor to become his chaplain and “act as a focal point for religious groups in the area and to advise the mayor on such religious matters”.


‘This is a wonderful and unexpected opportunity to connect with other faith groups in an “official” capacity to see how we can work together to create a better community.


‘My first official engagement accompanying the mayor was the unveiling of a plaque in the local Roman Catholic Church by His Grace the Archbishop of Cardiff and it was indeed a great opportunity to share with His Grace and others there about the vision of Anna Chaplaincy and its impact on the elderly within our communities.’

‘Although I may not have understood initially why the Lord had opened this door as the mayor’s chaplain I am reminded of the scripture “his ways are not our ways” and in obedience to his call on my life, I simply choose to walk through the open door.


‘I thank the Lord for providing me with such an opportunity and I look forward to seeing the fruit of the seeds sown and the way the Lord has planned for Anna Chaplaincy to expand in this area.’


 

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