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14 March 2017

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:

Silver connections
A magazine format resource intended for use by chaplains, ministers and anyone with friends or relatives in the 'retired-plus' group.

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.

Christians on Ageing
This is an ecumenical organisation supported by all the main Christian churches in the UK. It produces resources for individuals and churches and comments on issue of interest to older people. 

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

Pilgrim Homes
Pilgrim Homes offers training for churches on reaching and helping older people. info@eauk.org or 0300 303 1400 or http://eauk.co/2lWxhzY 

Spiritual care for older people is a series of factsheets from the Diocese of Oxford: http://eauk.co/2mF2Knn

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/


Thinking of you: a resource for the spiritual care of people with dementia by Joanna Collicutt
published by BRF 

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

Valuing Age: pastoral ministry with older people by James Woodford
published by SPCK.

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.