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The DailyHOPE Telephone Line Closes

By Faith in Later Life | 31/01/2024

We have recently announced that the free DailyHOPE telephone line will be closing after almost four years of ministry. The DailyHOPE telephone line was launched on Sunday 26th April 2020 as a response by the Church of England, Faith in Later Life and Connections at Holy Trinity Church in Claygate to support older people who…

Is your town a good place to grow old?

By Peter Crumpler | 30/01/2024

Rev Peter Crumpler is associate minister at St Paul’s Church, Fleetville, St Albans. In his first blog for Faith in Later Life, Peter reflects on the challenges of later life in a society that’s bringing in technological interventions which often exclude, and even penalise, many older people. He also encourages us to use our voices…

Church Champion Story: Reminiscence

By Jan Coleclough | 12/01/2024

Faith in Later Life Church Champion Jan, leads the Senior Moments work at Emmanuel Church Leftwich in Cheshire. Here she tells us more about how to plan a Reminiscence programme or feature Reminiscence items in your existing seniors work. Just about any subject can be used in a reminiscence programme. For example: make do and…

Church Champion Story: Good News

By Judi Spencer | 12/01/2024

Faith in Later Life Church Champion Judi, leads the Seniors work at Clevedon Baptist Church in North Somerset. Here she tells us more about a midweek outreach event which the church hosts for seniors, called Good News. When the pandemic allowed people to meet once again, albeit at 2m distance, our church launched an event…

Caring for those with Dementia – Saturday 3rd February

By Tracey Vallance | 10/01/2024

Seminar Leaders Friederike  Hamilton is a Queen’s Nurse who leads the development of care and dementia care for the Pilgrims’  Friend Society, a Christian charity that provides care and support for 600 older people across the UK.     Stephen Hammersley is the Chair of Faith in Later Life, a charity set up to inspire…

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Offline

By Alex Drew | 08/01/2024

It wasn’t all that long ago that remote communication took time, money, and effort. I still remember standing in line for the payphone in halls at university, and eventually having my call cut off because I ran out of coins. And it was there at the sprightly age of 18 that I sent my first…

Loving My Neighbour Living With Dementia

By Louise Morse | 18/12/2023

When it comes to loving our neighbours there are so many situations and so many different ways it reminds me of the Elizabeth Barrett Browning Sonnet, ‘How do I love thee?’  There are ways we love individually, one to one, and collectively through our churches.  My church is on the edge of one of the…

Three Advent Stories: While Shepherds Watched

By Andrew Wileman | 12/12/2023

This carol reflects one of the most astonishing encounters of the Christmas story. On one level it is that familiar and well-loved story. Shepherds were in the fields among smelly and not-so-bright sheep. They had no power or influence. They had nothing to bring the baby King. However, the glory and the random beauty of…

Three Advent Stories: Good King Wenceslas

By Andrew Wileman | 12/12/2023

The story doesn’t end well for the ‘Good King’, but it is an inspiring story of kindness and service and tells a much-needed message, not just at Christmas, but for Christians all year long. The carol we know today was written in 1853 by John Mason Neale to a traditional folk tune and was written…

Three Advent Stories: O Holy Night

By Andrew Wileman | 12/12/2023

The central character of this stunning song was Placide Cappeau, a wine merchant and the mayor of Roquemaure, France. In 1847, to the surprise of people in his town, the parish priest asked Placide to write a Christmas poem. Placide’s only qualification at the time was his love of writing poems. The result was “Cantique…