Celebrating prayer with people living with dementia
Updated: May 6
To mark a day of prayer on Thursday 6 May 2021, Anna Chaplain in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, Wendy Gleadle, has recorded a short conversation aimed at men and women living with dementia. She shares wider news of her Anna ministry, too, as we begin to emerge from lockdown:
'I'm still recording a tiny video chat for the care home residents locally every couple of weeks. Initially these were on a variety of social subjects, but recently the activities manager rang and asked if I would start to incorporate a Bible reading and prayer, which of course I was delighted to do! Then, later, he asked if I would do a special one about prayer for 6 May, a national day of prayer.'
Traditionally a day of prayer is observed annually on the first Thursday in May. This day of observance, first designated by the United States Congress, asks people 'to turn to God in prayer and meditation'.
Meanwhile, Wendy goes on to tell us that dementia workshops, which we featured in these blogs a few weeks ago, and on our website events page, 'have gone really well. Sixty people Zoomed on the first, 20 on the second and 79 on the third.
Now the organiser is planning some smaller groups to support carers, and it is hoped these will begin in June. 'At each workshop I've spoken briefly about the work of Anna Chaplaincy,' says Wendy.