With God we are never alone

“According to Age UK, more than 2 million people in England over the age of 75 live alone, and more than a million older people say they go for over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour, or family member.” – NHS Loneliness can lead to depression and a serious decline in mental and…

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Life of a legend: Phoebe

This is not a mother and daughter meeting but a teacher and a teacher, one aged 93 years and one in her 50s, making one a teacher of the other! Older and younger, serving and receiving.  This is an exciting moment we had at the weekend. It is beneficial to all to engage young professionals…

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Responding to need in the community

“Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with His own blood.” – Acts 20:28 We recently had the pleasure of speaking with Theresa, a Salvation Army officer, and also a Faith in Later…

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Hope-filled Older People’s ministry

Rhi Cross is part of our Church Champion community and she leads the older people’s ministry at Hope Church, Winchester. We recently had the pleasure of speaking to her about her work and her passion for empowering older people. Rhi has been a part of her church’s older people’s ministry for the past four years,…

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Giving the gift of hope in difficult times

We recently had the pleasure of speaking with Sarah, a Faith in Later Life Church Champion based in Enfield, North London and part of Enfield Town Community Church. Sarah shared with us when her passion for serving older people was ignited and how she is using her giftings to serve those people in her church…

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Creating connections with older people

We recently had the pleasure of speaking with Judi about her work with older people, particularly during the impact of the Coronavirus. Judi is part of a Baptist Church in Bristol, and is a Faith in Later Life Church Champion. The church building is very modern, and one of Judi’s jobs is to create the…

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Taking a stand against racial injustice

Churches across the UK have reacted to the events of recent weeks, the horrific killing of George Floyd, and the subsequent protests across the world. There is a growing collection of statements and videos on the Churches Together in England (CTE) page here, some of which could be watched in groups for discussion. Pastor Agu…

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One body, many parts – what can you do?

‘Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ’. 1 Corinthians 12:12 (NIV)   Welcome to this ‘Faith in Later Life’ May newsletter, and thank you for your continued interest and support. As ever, please do invite others to sign up to…

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Reopening church buildings for private prayer

Following the government’s announcement about churches and private prayer, what does this mean for older people? Why is individual prayer so important? The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has been meeting regularly with a ‘Places of Worship’ task group on opening buildings for prayer, which has included the Archbishop of Canterbury,…

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