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  • Writer's pictureDebbie Thrower

Recommissioning Kings Worthy’s Anna Chaplains

Updated: Aug 9, 2023

Anna Chaplains Helen Bradish, Marion Golding, Ann Jones and Lynn Shaw

On Sunday 23 July, four Anna Chaplains were recommissioned at St Mary’s Church, Kings Worthy. Hampshire. I remember being present at the original commissioning service back in 2017 conducted by the bishop of Basingstoke, David Williams (writes Debbie Thrower), and am delighted to see their ministry being given fresh impetus. The benefice website reports:

‘Last Sunday at St Mary’s we took the opportunity to celebrate the work and ministry of our four Anna Chaplains. Anna Chaplaincy has grown in national significance over the last ten years from its early days in Alton, Hampshire. It is best described as the spiritual ministry to older people and often takes the form of journeying alongside people, ministering to their spiritual needs and assisting them to find God in what can be a challenging season of life’s journey.

Originally our Anna Chaplains were commissioned in October 2017 at St Mary’s Chapel. Of course, the Covid pandemic had a large impact of their work and ministry but just recently, due to the wider work of the Anna Chaplaincy Network, there has been a resurgence in this ministry across the country and here in the Worthys we have a strong team that is making a difference, so it is good to publicly acknowledge this. We used the Pentecost flame hoop as part of the commissioning. The invitation was open to everyone to stand within it and be open to the infilling of the Holy Spirit to equip us for the work we have been called to do.’




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