“They will flourish... and bear fruit in old age.” (Psalm 92:13-14)
“Faith in Later Life exists to inspire and equip Christians to reach, serve and empower older people everywhere, through the local church.”
— Faith in Later Life's Mission Statement
Faith in Later Life equips a national community of many hundreds of Church Champions for older people who share our mission. We encourage and equip them and others in their churches and communities. This means we influence and impact at a local level, seeing older Christians empowered, and older people in the wider community reached and engaged- with the love of Jesus.
We provide leadership and are a Christian voice for older people through the media and events.
Through our website we provide a central hub of resources to help guide, enable and encourage Christians, older or otherwise, in many different aspects of later life. These resources are gathered from a variety of Christian organisations who we signpost too, but by bringing these resources into one place we aim to make it easier for people to access Christian materials relating to older people.
We have a national UK directory of church led activities for older people of all faiths and none, which provides a vital signposting service for communities across the UK, so an older person can see what friendship and community is being offered by churches in their area, and join in.
We also commission projects and resources, where there is a gap, so that we can equip Christians and churches to effectively reach, serve and empower older people everywhere.
There are 11.9 million older people in the UK, and older people make up a significant proportion of church congregations . And we know that over 5 million older people in the UK say television is their main company and that 1 million older people say they are always or often lonely.
These facts and figures present challenges for Society but also huge opportunity. Church was created to be intergenerational, and the Bible speaks of the wisdom of older Christians, and their purpose, and tells us that God will continue to carry and sustain them in older age.
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Faith in Later Life is a member of The Evangelical Alliance, a Body in Association of Churches Together in England and also an associate member of Affinity.
Faith in Later Life subscribes to the Evangelical Alliance Basis of Faith.