For your church
There are countless examples of individual Christians, churches and Christian organisations working with and for older people throughout the UK. We want to provide some practical advice which will hopefully help you when considering starting an initiative in your church or community.
- Inform: sometimes the simplest form of support that can be provided to a local community
- Facilitate help for someone else today – you can make a real difference.
- Accompany: loneliness, isolation and fears can be reduced by being with someone else.
- Provide help through practical support at home, health and wellbeing, serving the community, transport, visiting and befriending, lunch and other meals, social groups, care at home or housing. There are resources on all of these in the Resource Hub.
You will also find here ideas and stories, what to consider first, and a biblical perspective.
It can be easy to lose focus on the people amongst all the policies, procedures and practical considerations. The best activities are those that encourage a sense of community which leads to those who come becoming friends who build and maintain their own independent contact.
And an ‘intentionally relational community’ will facilitate ‘intentionally relational evangelism’.