New Anna Chaplain for Bromley Parish

On Sunday 19 November during the Parish Eucharist  Rev Sophie Sutherland was welcomed and commissioned by Bishop James as an Anna Chaplain, based at Bromley Parish Church. The parish was also celebrating the 60th anniversary of the rebuilding of the church following its destruction in the war.

Julia Burton-Jones, Dementia Specialist Project Officer, said “ Sophie’s role is slightly different from other our Anna Chaplains; her role is a paid one (15 hours a week) whereas others are volunteers, and she is working with all older people, not focusing specifically on the needs of those with dementia”.

Following the service Sophie said: 'I have received a very warm welcome as the first Anna Chaplain at Bromley Parish Church.  Caring for the Spiritual and Pastoral needs of older people has become a growing focus of my work over the past few years, first in a parish and then a hospital setting, and it's something I feel passionately about. It is wonderful that Bromley Parish Church has decided to create a post dedicated to this vital ministry and I am very excited to be embarking on this new role, with the support of the wider network of Anna Chaplains in the Diocese and nationally.'

Sophie was ordained in the Diocese of Rochester in 2012 and spent her curacy at Chevening (Benefice) and she will continue working as chaplain within the King’s College Hospital Trust alongside her new role as Anna Chaplain

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