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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…

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The Lowdown on Loneliness 

By Ruth Preston | 17/03/2021

“It has been so long since I saw anyone I knew in the flesh. Seeing her face has literally made my year! I almost cried.” (‘Time to Talk Befriending’ scheme member aged 91) We hear a lot about the issue of loneliness in our society. Experiencing chronic loneliness can occur at any age. The risk…

Easter Postcards

By Ruth Preston | 16/03/2021

The coronavirus pandemic has caused significant disruption to our everyday lives. According to Age UK, loneliness affects well over one million people over the age of 65 in normal life, but the pandemic has caused this statistic to drastically double. Older people are spending more time alone than ever before and this can detrimentally impact…

Ministries amongst older people: what COVID has taught us

By Ruth Preston | 10/03/2021

With the ageing population changing the demographics of our communities and our churches, it is important that Christian faith organisations focus now on those people living in the fourth age; that the spiritual, pastoral and faith needs of older people are acknowledged and supported. It is time to realise the real potential for kingdom growth…