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Introduction to Ministry Among Older People


Cliff College is focusing on the importance of older people through several courses within the short course programme. This weekend course, run in partnership with BRF, is designed for leaders, volunteers and practitioners within the church and community, who have a heart to work with older people.

Ministry Older People weekend short course

This short course aims to cover some of the key issues surrounding ageing in the UK, such as the ageing demographic, what is distinctive about the spirituality of ageing, as well as introducing the Anna Chaplaincy approach.

We are a rapidly ageing population here in the UK. Living longer offers the prospect of going on growing spiritually, as well as raising other emotional, physical and economic issues for the individual. How can we best support older people while celebrating their longevity? It should be a time of life offering a spiritual dividend of wisdom and experience.

Who is the weekend for?

  • Those engaged in some form of work among older people.
  • Those supporting people in their later years.
  • Those of us interested in our own ageing process and the changing nature of our spirituality as we get older.
  • Those wanting to reflect on their own ministry among older people.

What subjects will be covered over the weekend?

  • Why bother with old people? The ageing demographic.
  • The theology of ageing and what’s distinctive about our spirituality as we get older?
  • The Anna Chaplaincy approach to the spiritual care of men and women in their later years. Why Anna?
  • How can we help the aged not just survive but thrive, and make their fullest contribution to the good of society as a whole?
  • Practical ways of knowing your ‘patch’ and discerning the precise needs of those in your community, plus imaginative means of appealing to the baby boomer generation as they become the next Third and Fourth Agers.

‘Anna Chaplaincy reaches the parts that other priests haven’t reached!’

Anna Chaplaincy seeks to accompany older people at this age and stage of their lives. It is an ecumenical, community-based, chaplaincy promoting the spiritual welfare of older people. Anna Chaplaincy is a person-centred and non-judgemental ministry for people of strong, little or no faith at all.

Anna Chaplaincy is part of BRF. You can find out more here.

Friday 13 - Sunday 15 January 2023. Book your place using the 'Book now' tab on this webpage.

The cost of £145 includes all course materials, support and meals throughout your stay. Accommodation and breakfast at Cliff College for the duration of the course costs an additional £45; this can be booked separately following your confirmed course booking.

Bookings are made through the Cliff College online shop - payment, either in full or a deposit of £29, can be made by card. If a church, employer or another person or organisation is paying for you to participate in this retreat, please complete the booking process and select 'BACs' as your Payment Method on the payment screen. This will complete your order without charging your account, and you will be emailed an invoice which can be forwarded to the party responsible for payment.

If you have any questions about booking for this course, please contact shortcourse@cliffcollege.ac.uk.