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Spirituality and the over 80s

By Ruth Preston | 12/10/2020

For many older people, faith and religion are important aspects of their spirituality – allowing the person to hold onto real meaning in their life, have confidence in their personhood, and providing hope for the future.   It is interesting that the science of gerontology now recognises that spirituality can help older people hold onto…

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Spiritual Care at End of Life

By Ruth Preston | 01/10/2020

Spirituality and religion are not synonymous with each other. Whilst religious aspects of a person’s life will usually involve and affect their spirituality, there are many people whose spirituality has nothing to do with religion or religious beliefs. Spirituality involves everything which gives purpose and meaning to an individual – whether an emotional response, intellectual…

As Society ‘reopens’ are we forgetting about older people?

By Carl Knightly | 23/09/2020

  The Lord watches over the sojourners; He upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked He brings to ruin’. Psalm 146: 9 (ESV)   Welcome to our September newsletter, we hope you enjoy reading it. Next month we will be trying a new design and look forward to hearing your feedback.…

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Ten Simple Ways Churches Can Support People Living with Dementia and Their Families

By Ruth Preston | 17/09/2020

For most people, living with Dementia can have a huge emotional, psychological, and practical impact on a person. Many people living with the condition feel a sense of loss regarding normal social interactions and relationships, in addition to the challenge of adjusting to a new way of life. The aim of this blog post is…

With Society ‘open for business’ again, we must not forget our older people

By Carl Knightly | 16/09/2020

  As a national UK lockdown eases, some people are returning to work and many church buildings are either open again, or making tentative plans to reopen; and even those people who have been shielding have been told they don’t need to do this anymore. But what sort of new normal do we have to…

Intergenerational Living: A Story of Encouragement

By Ruth Preston | 07/09/2020

  For hundreds of years, families have taken care of their ageing loved ones, with most families housing children, parents, and grandparents all under one roof. Today, we are seeing people live longer than ever before. In Europe, for example, the number of people over 65 already exceeds those under 15. However, despite this, intergenerational…

God Works Spirit to Spirit

By Ruth Preston | 31/08/2020

  We recently had the privilege of speaking with Mavis, a wonderful woman of Christ who is humbly obedient to the call of the Lord, and one of our Church Champions. Working with the elderly in care homes and hospitals, Mavis shares God’s love with some of society’s most vulnerable people and we wanted to…

Hidden treasures of ‘lockdown’.

By Carl Knightly | 24/08/2020

    “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures: He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” Psalm 23: 1-3 (ESV)   Welcome to our ‘Faith in Later Life’ August newsletter, and thank…

5 Keys to Finding Purpose and Meaning in Lockdown 

By Ruth Preston | 19/08/2020

  Finding purpose and meaning is, as the Bible presents it: God’s life giving plan for each one of his children. But during this time of isolation and shielding it’s hard to know, at times, what the answer is to the question “What should I do?” – or more importantly “what would God have me…

3 Hidden Treasures of Lockdown

By Ruth Preston | 13/08/2020

  The Israelites, we read, wandered the wilderness for 40 years. With the benefit of scriptural hindsight, we can see the working hand of God on their situation, and the explicit lessons that the Lord wanted the Israelites to learn (Deuteronomy 8:2-3), namely that of humility and dependence on the providence of God. But in…