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19 February 2016

Reaching out to older people

Reaching out to older people

If you would like to start or improve your ministry to older people here are some organisations and ministries that can help you:

Outlook Trust
Outlook is an interdenominational Christian charity which is committed to sharing the Christian faith with over 55's and working to resource and help those that already are involved with this work.
www.outlook-trust.org.uk

Connect4Life
Silver connections
A magazine format resource intended for use by chaplains, ministers and anyone with friends or relatives in the 'retired-plus' group.
http://connect4life.org.uk/church-connections/silver-connections-magazine

The Gift of Years
The Gift of years is a BRF ministry that aims to encourage churches to think afresh about their ministry among the older people, both in their congregation and also in the wider community.
http://www.brf.org.uk/thegiftofyears

PARCHE (Pastoral Action in Residential care Homes for the Elderly)
Has a national outreach programme working in partnership with Outlook Trust and Keychange and can offer training to those who want to start or improve their ministry to those living in care homes.
www.parche.org.uk

Pilgrim Homes
Pilgrim Homes offers training for churches on reaching and helping older people. info@pilgrimsfriend.org.uk or 0300 303 1400
Pilgrim Homes also has an excellent free leaflet How to help dementia sufferers that give practical guidelines for those visiting and ministering to those suffering with dementia http://eauk.co/1xK4mt8

Faith in Older People (FIOP)
A charity working in Scotland with the aim of enabling a better understanding of the important of the spiritual dimension to the well-being of older people http://faithinolderpeople.org.uk/

Books

Reaching the Saga Generation: Fresh Expressions of church for ageing baby-boomers By Chris Harrington.
Evangelism for older people by Peggy Boynes
Both £3.95 Grove books
www.grovebooks.co.uk

Worshipping with dementia: meditations, scriptures and prayers for sufferers and carers
Edited by Louise Morse. £8.50
http://www.pilgrimsfriend.org.uk/christians-for-old-people/resources/

The Hope of Glory - A Devotional Guide for Older Adults, Seniors, and the Elderly: Christian Devotionals for Women and Men (A Christian Devotions Ministries Resource)
By Nancy Parker Brummett
Published by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. 2014

Making the most of the rest of your life
By John Chapman.
Matthias Media. £3.99 ISBN 978-1921068768

Growing Older and Wiser
By Dale and Sandy Larsen.
Published by IVP. £5.99 2011 ISBN 978-0830830442 9 Bible studies for groups or individuals looking at ageing from a Biblical perspective.

All of the above resources should be available either from your local Christian bookseller or from internet retailers. Please note this list not intended to a comprehensive listing or a list of Evangelical Alliance approved books. If you want help choosing books and other resources please contact your local Christian bookseller.