Coronavirus

The hidden ‘coping’: have we forgotten someone?

By Ruth Preston | 08/08/2020

Stoicism has sometimes been associated with a British ‘stiff upper lip’: enduring without unnecessary emotion. Getting on with it. The word comes from the ancient Stoics, who looked for inner resources to handle all circumstances. Inner bravery is something that many among us prize, and at this time there are older people in our communities…

One in 5 of us will live to 100. Let’s live it well!

By Ruth Preston | 03/08/2020

Even before the most recent dire warnings about population decline, Ian Knox in his excellent book Finishing Well writes this: ‘There are vast numbers of statistics to show that a veritable army of us are old, which should encourage us to see, as we go on to look at our potential, what we might achieve…

What does Summer look like for Seniors?

By Ruth Preston | 27/07/2020

  ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: Old men and old women shall sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each with staff in hand because of great age. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets’.  Zechariah 8: 4- 5 (ESV)   Welcome to our ‘Faith…

Mobile Matinee

By Ruth Preston | 21/07/2020

“How are you doing Moira?”   “Awful, this is like a horror story.”   “Are there any comparisons to your memories of growing up in World War 2?”   “No – in the war we had a strong sense of community. People came together. This is dreadful! Not seeing family or friends, not able to…

Two-thirds of UK churches identify loneliness and isolation as a top issue to tackle post lock-down

By Ruth Preston | 16/07/2020

The Allchurches Trust undertook research with over 600 churches in June, which reveals that churches in the UK are gearing up to tackle a huge surge of loneliness in their cities and communities in the social aftermath of lock-down.      A huge 78% of churches expect loneliness and isolation to be one of the…

Fun Video Call Activity Ideas for Churches and Older People

By Ruth Preston | 10/07/2020

All the time churches are finding new creative ways to build friendships, combat isolation and form community, even in lockdown. Those working with children and young people are facing similar challenges as those working with older people: how can we make it fun and friendly over the phone, or over Zoom? We are grateful to…

Holidays at Home in Lockdown: ideas for churches for 2020

By Ruth Preston | 09/07/2020

At this time of year many churches would normally be planning a ‘Holiday at Home’, a week of activities and social fun, a holiday for older people, but without the need to travel. This year is different. Is a ‘holiday at home’ possible in lockdown with physical distancing? As Burwell Baptist put it: ‘During the…

Coronavirus and older people: some encouraging stats

By Carl Knightly | 07/07/2020

Older people are showing resilience in difficult times. We know this personally, but it is often hidden in what can seem like a tide of bad news. Sometimes the figures are worth looking at more closely for the nuggets of encouragement.   The Office for National Statistics released new figures on 3 July using a…

National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast: Church, older people and lockdown

By Carl Knightly | 01/07/2020

Every year, over 700 MPs, Peers and church leaders gather together in the Houses of Parliament to pray for our Parliament, government and politics, to build relationships between church leaders and their local MPs, and to reflect upon the relevance of the Christian faith to our public life. This year, due to the Coronavirus pandemic,…

What to do when someone dies

By Carl Knightly | 29/06/2020

When someone dies, especially if you are next of kin and/or an executor or have power of attorney, you are usually in shock. Nevertheless, there are plenty of practical tasks to be done. Here’s a list of things you may need to do, which will hopefully help you through this difficult time.   The day…