Towards a Dementia-Friendly Cathedral
Anna Chaplaincy is a new role across all Christian churches, aimed at supporting older people. It has been pioneered by The Bible Reading Fellowship’s The Gift of Years. ‘Anna Chaplain’ was chosen as a title because it echoes the work of Anna, who the Bible tells us recognised the baby Jesus as the fulfilment of God’s promises; the name Anna emphasises that this is a hope-filled ministry, in the tradition of older people having prophetic voices and life lessons to share.
In Rochester, Anna Chaplains will work with elderly people and people with dementia in the community around the diocese. Chris will help the Dean and Chapter to work towards the cathedral being recognised as a Dementia Friendly venue.
Anna Chaplaincy was launched in Rochester Diocese in late 2016 through funding provided by The Henry Smith Charity. The team of volunteers is supported by a dementia specialist project officer. Many members of the team have personal experiences of dementia in their families or professional lives, several in ordained or licenced lay ministry roles. As well as the Cathedral, they cover 20 parishes in 13 deaneries.
The difference between Anna Chaplains and Anna Friends is that Chaplains are in leadership roles, supporting other volunteers and spending at least one day a week in the role. Anna Friends spend several hours a week working with people with dementia but have fewer responsibilities. Both roles are voluntary.
To find out about Anna Chaplaincy in your area, or becoming an Anna Friend or Anna Chaplain, please contact Julia Burton-Jones, Dementia Specialist Project Officer at email@example.com
For more information about Bible Reading Fellowship’s The Gift of Years and Anna Chaplaincy visit the website www.thegiftofyears.org.uk
Chris with the Archdeacon of Rochester, The Venerable Simon Burton-Jones, at the Commissioning Event.
Lecture by Dr Christopher Monk on 10 May
Textus Roffensis is so much more than a book of dry legal material. If we look carefully, we can see the stories within and behind its pages. Please join Dr Monk as he turns those pages and takes his audience into a world of medieval wonder. Aiming to entertain as well as inform, you will also hear him read excerpts in Old English; listen to him repeat a bishop’s curse containing expletives (they are in Latin so don’t worry); and find out how to get back your stolen livestock with just a candle and a song!
Join us from 7pm to 9pm on Wednesday 10th May in the Cathedral Nave for Dr Monk’s fascinating lecture. Tickets are free but must be secured in advance, please call 01634 843366 to reserve your place.
Rochester Cathedral welcomes The Abrams
Rochester Cathedral was very excited to be approached about being a venue for The Abrams 2017 UK tour and is delighted that they are to perform on Bank Holiday Monday - 29 May 2017 - at 7 pm - straight on the back of their 2017 performance at the Big Church Day Out.
The Abrams are an incredibly energetic five-piece band from Canada. Playing a combination of blue grass, country and folk/pop-rock their live performances are something that just has to be experienced - including an interesting Coldplay cover and witnessing one of the fastest fiddle players you are likely to see.
Following an incredibly successful UK tour in 2015, which culminated in a MainStage performance in front of around 20,000 people at the Big Church Day Out, The Abrams are back in the UK.
Tickets are available for just:
£12 per person (adult over the age of 18 years).
£10 per child (5 - 18 years).
Free for under-fives.
£40 for a family ticket - up to 4 people.
£100 for a group ticket - for 10 people.
Tickets are available from the Cathedral shop (open 10am to 4pm most days). Tel: 01634 810067.
To purchase tickets online see below:
(Users without a paypal account can select ‘Checkout as a Guest’ on the paypal login screen.)
Countess of Wessex at Mercers' Hall Reception
left to right: Johnny Robertson (Master Mercer) Philip Hesketh (Dean of Rochester) HRH The Countess of Wessex, Mike Aiken (Rochester Cathedral Trust Chairman)
On Tuesday 22nd February the Dean of Rochester, The Very Revd Dr Philip Hesketh, and the Chairman of Rochester Cathedral Trust, Mr Michael P Aiken MBE, welcomed their Royal Patron, Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex GCVO to a Reception which was hosted with the generous support of the Mercers’ Company at their Hall in Ironmonger Lane, London.
The reception was part of an ongoing series of fund raising events being held by The Cathedral Trust to develop new relationships with potential donors based in London.
The Cathedral’s new “Children’s Community Choir” was there to entertain the Countess and the guests and charmed everyone with their delightful singing. They were conducted by Claire Innes-Hopkins and accompanied by Cathedral Director of Music, Mr Scott Farrell. This new Choir is part of the Cathedral's outreach work to give the opportunity to any child in Medway who loves to sing to be able to join the Choir.
The guests were also entertained with a speech from Vice Patron, Dr David Starkey CBE, who amused all with his historical anecdotes yet still conveyed the need of Rochester Cathedral to those present.
Rochester Cathedral Trust is setting up a Music Endowment Fund so that the earnings accrued from it can ultimately pay the running costs of the ancient music tradition in the Cathedral, which costs £225,000 annually. The short term goal is to achieve an amount of £2 million which will be met by having each Chorister sponsored at £50,000 each. This money would be deposited in the Endowment Fund and the earnings accrued on it would be put towards the annual costs and the Endowment could remain intact in perpetuity. Each Choristership sponsor has a silver medal struck in their name the selected Chorister wears it at all services for the course of their life in the Choir. When they leave a new probationer is selected.