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Blessing Our Care Homes this Easter

By Ruth Preston | 09/04/2021

Church Champion Sally Bates shares how churches in her area teamed up and worked together to spread hope and share the love of Christ in local care homes this Easter time.   11 churches across our area (Frinton-on-Sea, Kirby-le-Soken and Walton on the Naze) came together this Easter to bless our 21 local care homes…

With God we are never alone

By James Burden | 08/04/2021

“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…

Life of a legend: Phoebe

By James Burden | 08/04/2021

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…

Responding to need in the community

By James Burden | 08/04/2021

“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…

Hope-filled Older People’s ministry

By James Burden | 08/04/2021

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,…

Giving the gift of hope in difficult times

By James Burden | 08/04/2021

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…

Creating connections with older people

By James Burden | 08/04/2021

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…

March 2021 Newsletter

By Ruth Preston | 01/04/2021

Reaching, serving and empowering older people Welcome to this March Faith in Later Life newsletter where we will be sharing updates and news, signposting to new resources, and highlighting opportunities for you to get involved with. “I have come away from every session I have attended encouraged, with at least one idea I could use…

Is your church Dementia-friendly? 

By Ruth Preston | 31/03/2021

The concept of Dementia-friendly communities was introduced in 2012, which aimed to increase awareness of the needs of people living with Dementia across sectors, organisations, and the public; to build a better understanding of how to support people and their families. Christian faith organisations play an important part in the development and success of Dementia-friendly…

Caring for those with dementia, and their carers

By Ruth Preston | 22/03/2021

Starting with an encounter 14 years ago, Helen McKay-Ferguson from our sister charity Pilgrims’ Friend Society shares how the church can play a vital role in looking after those facing dementia, supported by the charity’s relaunched dementia information pack. As a 22-year-old student, I found myself sitting across the table from a man in a…