Carl Knightly

Carl Knightly

Carl Knightly is chief executive of Faith in Later Life, which exists to inspire and equip Christians to reach, serve and empower older people in every community, through the local church. He is also a founding member of the Daily Hope telephone line. The Daily Hope telephone line is 0800 804 8044 and is free to all UK mobiles and landlines.

Older people and the emerging hybrid church

15 April 2021I recently had a video call with my friend Betty from church, who is 100 and lives in a care home. She was in good spirits and knows a closeness with the Lord that comes from many decades of following Him. Something she said really struck a chord with me: “there’s a difference between living and simply existing”. As Betty observed, many older people have felt as though they have merely existed for the last year, when they couldn’t leave their homes or receive visitors. Even before lockdown, 5…

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Four safe ways to bless older people this Christmas

25 November 2020This Christmas will be unlike any we have seen for generations. Many older people may be unable to spend time with family or friends due to the coronavirus pandemic, others will be mourning the loss of a loved one, and there will be people everywhere feeling lonely, fearful, forgotten, and frustrated by the need to shield or self isolate. This is a difficult season and we cannot underestimate the pressure on the emotional, mental, and physical health of all of us, especially our elderly…

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Equally precious in God's sight

24 June 2020My mother and another aunt were both allowed to attend the funeral but they chose not to. My aunt has underlying health conditions and my mother was understandably anxious about the risk of contracting COVID-19 in the process of leaving the house. Herein lies a distressing consequence of coronavirus: hundreds of thousands of older people with underlying health conditions have been advised by the Government to not leave their homes; and of those older people who are ‘allowed’ to leave their…

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