‘And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ’. Philippians 1 v 6 (ESV)
Welcome to this September newsletter, and thank you for your continued interest and support. As ever, if there is any content you would like to see in our newsletters that is currently missing, then do get in touch– and please do invite others to sign up to receive our news; you can do this by pressing the ‘forward’ button at the bottom of this email. We hope you enjoy reading this month’s news.
Theology and later life
I am delighted to share the news that ‘Faith in Later Life’ commissioned a piece of theological work which has been led by Dr Garry Williams, at the London Seminary, and Revd Canon Ian Knox. Our desire was to provide some material to enable reflection on different matters relating to later life, including but not limited to; usefulness and purpose in later life, church and community, dementia, and care and being cared for- and the theological underpinning of many aspects of later life which impact many in older age, and all of us, as we engage with our older family, friends and church members. The outworking of this theological work is an interesting and engaging book written by Revd Knox, and I am excited to announce that the Christian Publishing House SPCK have agreed to publish this book, which will be available from the end of April next year. As and when there are further developments, I will keep you updated.
On the record
As I mentioned last month, I spoke at the New Wine national conference, in a very well attended seminar, albeit in a rather noisy location. We have had a number of enquiries about whether the seminar was recorded and available, and I can now confirm New Wine have now made all talks and seminars available to buy on CD or download as an MP3 file. For those who wish to do so, we have created a link on our website. Click here to go to that link on our website.
Last month I also spoke for the best part of an hour, on UCB2 radio, sharing some of my own story as well as that of Faith in Later Life, and our mission. For (free) access to this, click on this link to go to our website.
Does your church serve and empower its Seniors? And seek to engage with those in later life in the wider community? Whether the answer is yes or not, would your church consider becoming a Church Partner of Faith in Later Life? As we continue to grow, and plan, your support is vital. For more information, do have a look on our website, or contact me directly. Please prayerfully consider partnering with us in this gospel work. Do visit us at www.faithinlaterlife.org/get-involved/church-partners/
This month has seen the launch of our blog on our website. The purpose of this is to provide another regular way of sharing stories and encouragement in our work, but also reflecting on issues or matters that relate to later life. There will be guest bloggers along the way, and we hope this added function on the website is interesting and engaging. Feedback is always welcome! Do read our first blog, which is written by me, and includes reflections on the impact of Seniors in their churches and wider community. To have a read, click here to go to the website.
For those who use Social Media, do join our online community, of over 4500 followers across Facebook (search ‘Faith in Later Life) and Twitter (@faithinlater) for up to date news, scriptures and encouragement. And above all, please continue to pray for us and our work.
Yours in Christ,
Director, Faith in Later Life