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Creation care – making a difference

With the crucial international climate change conference, COP26, underway, we begin a new series of online articles focusing on our Christian response to the environmental emergency we all face. We begin by drawing on A Christian Guide to Environmental Issues by Martin and Margot Hodson, in which they state:
'A crucial environmental truth of the Christian faith is that Jesus was physically born among us and resurrected in a physical (bodily) form. Both these key teachings affirm the material world and challenge us to engage with it.'
Read COP26 - Christians and the environment
Climate change isn't the only emergency we're facing. This week we remember the wonderful work our Anna Chaplaincy team is doing to tackle loneliness among older people by training the church to provide informed and skilled ministry in this area. 

110 Anna Chaplains and Anna Friends trained for service

As one online course for prospective and licensed Anna Chaplains and Anna Friends across the UK concludes, our church lead for the ministry, Julia Burton-Jones, launches another. Soon 110 people will have completed the course with BRF or in one of our Anna Chaplaincy regional training hubs in Cumbria, Wales and Kent. As a couple of course participants said:
'Thank you, Julia. You have been an amazing group leader. Thank you to everyone for being such wonderful companions on this journey.'

'Thank you all for your company over the last six weeks. Thank you for a brilliant course - so much learned and to think about.'
What is an Anna Chaplain?

Short residential course on older people's ministry

Would you like to be better equipped for your own formal or informal work supporting older people? Are you interested in spirituality in later life? Enjoy exploring the basics with our Anna Chaplaincy for Older People team in the beautiful surroundings of Cliff College in Derbyshire, 14-16 January 2022.

About the weekend residential course

 Double your donation to Anna Chaplaincy!

Our head of fundraising, Julie MacNaughton, is excited to announce an opportunity to have your donation to Anna Chaplaincy doubled when you contribute as part of a special appeal later this month. Watch this space!
'There's no doubt that Anna Chaplaincy is making an enormous difference to older people in our community - especially those who are isolated and lonely. We have a one-off opportunity to raise £20,000 for this vital ministry later this month - and we can't wait to tell you about it.'

Diary dates

4, 11, 18 and 25 November 

7.45 pm–9.00 pm Parenting as a Church Leader course. On Zoom. A safe space for clergy parents to share experiences, discuss challenges and discover new strategies for juggling the two roles. 

9 November 

12.00 pm–1.00 pm Messy Meet-Up for sharing Christmas ideas. An opportunity for Messy Church teams to meet online and share ideas on celebrating the Christmas story.

16 November 

8.00 pm, 8.30 pm and 9.00 pm for 30 minutes – Parenting for Faith 'Bedtime Drinks' online discussion for parents and carers on Facebook, on helping children build good friendships (tbc).

17 November 

1.00 pm–2.00 pm Parenting for Faith 'Lunch with Rachel' webinar for children's, youth and family leaders on Facebook, on the topic of patterns of refreshment (tbc).

18 November 

7.00 pm–9.30 pm Celebrating Christmas – music from Lou Fellingham, crafts with Katie Norman and speakers Amy Boucher Pye and Jo Swinney.

14 December 

8.00 pm, 8.30 pm and 9.00 pm for 30 minutes – Parenting for Faith 'Bedtime Drinks' online discussion for parents and carers on Facebook, on being a Christian when your friends and family aren't.

14–16 January 2022

Introduction to Ministry Among Older People – residential course run by BRF's Anna Chaplaincy and Cliff College in the Derbyshire Peak District.  

4–6 March 2022

Holy Habits retreat weekend at Cliff College, Derbyshire. Details to follow. 

20–22 May 2022

The Messy Church International Conference 2022 with Dr Paula Gooder as keynote speaker, takes the environmental theme of 'Making a difference'.  


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Pray with us

Lord, we’ve seen plastics choking sea creatures.
Lord, we’ve witnessed heatwaves setting forests on fire.
Lord, we’ve watched icebergs drift and melt.
Lord, we’ve heard of animal life that has become extinct.
Lord, your word tells us that all creation is waiting
 for us to become the people you made us to be.
Help us to grow up and fulfil that high calling
 by your grace and for the sake of your kingdom.
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With best wishes,
Karen Laister
Head of Marketing, Communications and Strategic Relationships
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