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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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BBC Chorister of the Year!
The Cathedral is celebrating the outstanding success of two chorister pupils in the final of BBC Chorister of the Year 2016, broadcast on Wednesday 26th October on Radio 2.
Edward Hyde and Rupert Walker, were two of only four finalists amongst hundreds of entrants in this national competition after passing through two highly competitive judging rounds. Edward is Deputy Head Chorister of Rochester Cathedral and Rupert was Head Chorister last year. The choristers of Rochester Cathedral are educated at King’s Preparatory School, the oldest choir school in the world.
To have two of the finalists from one choir was exceptional and this achievement was crowned with Edward being this year’s winner after the final in Manchester Cathedral.
Rupert impressed the judges and audience with his excellent singing of the hymn, ‘I the Lord of Sea and Sky’ and the solo anthem from Handel’s Messiah ‘Come Unto Him’, receiving highly complementary remarks for his performance.
The star of the show though was Edward who sang ‘I Vow To Thee My Country’ and ‘Be Thou My Vision’ to the setting by world-renowned composer Bob Chilcott. Edward’s singing was outstanding and he showed himself to be the consummate professional in his responses to interview questions from the host, Diane-Louise Jordan. After he was announced as BBC Young Chorister of the Year 2016 he sang a duet with the winner of the girl’s competition in the company of special guest singers, The Priests.
An exciting year lies ahead for Edward who is a member of the Junior Royal Academy of Music and the National Children’s Orchestra as well as being a Music Scholar at King’s. He thanked his singing coach, Mr Michael Jamieson-Smith and the Director of Music at Rochester Cathedral, Mr Scott Farrell, in his acceptance speech and clearly has a very bright future ahead!
The Dean of Rochester, the Very Rev Dr Philip Hesketh said:
I am delighted for Edward who truly deserved to win. To have two choristers in the final of this national competition is simply amazing, and it just shows the high standard at which our choristers are singing under Mr. Farrell. Well done, both Edward and Rupert the Cathedral community are very proud of you.