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Bristol gets a taste of Anna Chaplaincy

Updated: Nov 26, 2019

Following a successful day in Westbury-on-Trym near Bristol last summer, when I spoke about the benefits of Anna Chaplaincy, I was invited back by the Müllers charity in the city to give an 'Equip Day' for those interested in seeing more ministry among older people.



I spoke about the spirituality of ageing and the changing demographic – as we tend to live longer – and was joined by our lead on Messy Vintage, Jill Phipps, who gave everyone a taste of how to run Messy Vintage, which is Messy Church for older people.



Trees were the Messy Vintage theme, using Psalm 1:3: 'That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.'

More than 30 people gathered at Ebenezer Church in Filton Avenue, Bristol, for the day, some coming from rural Somerset and one travelling all the way from Hampshire. So popular has the event proved that we've been invited back in early February next year to give more in-depth training. Watch this space for dates and venue!


Sarah Owen of Müllers said: 'It was great to have you and Jill with us for the event yesterday. We have received lots of positive feedback. Lots of seeds planted and we’re praying for a positive response for Bristol and its communities, as well as the wider south-west.'


Our thanks to Müllers for hosting the event on 13 November, and we look forward to meeting the needs of those expressing such interest – from so many different quarters – to see Anna Chaplaincy established in and around Bristol.



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