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Creative Fun Time

On reading about Messy Vintage , the Revd Dr Anne Townsend in Bromley, Kent, wrote to tell us about a similar activity she and friends put on the parish. ‘Before Messy Vintage had been invented, I had wanted to get some of us older members of the church (and non-church attenders) involved in making and creating together. It took a number of years for me to get a project off the ground, and to run ...Read more

HOPE in Bedfordshire

Barbara McIntosh and her colleagues at St Francis parish church, Luton, run a group called HOPE – Helping Older People Engage. They have been trying out several new initiatives based on the book Seasons of My Soul . 'We laid out a labyrinth in the church. Using the theme of 'a journey through the Christian life', the pathway took participants round the church, stopping at various points to pause, reflect and use the Bible readings, ...Read more

Linking Lives

The snow which came and went so dramatically in the early part of the month resulted in the postponement of the Linking Lives UK 2018 conference , which will now take place on Saturday June 16 in Lower Earley, near Reading . Debbie is speaking at this annual event which is open to all, and free to representatives from Linking Lives’ existing partner projects. Meanwhile Debbie met up with Linking Lives UK ’s national coordinator, ...Read more

SAGES in Wales

Debbie was guest speaker at the inaugural meeting of SAGES – Senior Adults Growing and Exploring Spiritually – hosted by the Congregational Federation to spur more churches into making the most of the skills and talents of those in their later years, and to support those who are most frail. About 40 people took part in the day-long event, where we were treated to some generous Welsh hospitality, with tea and Welsh cakes on arrival, ...Read more

Refresh and Resource conference 2018

Joanna Collicutt, author of Thinking of You , was the keynote speaker at the hugely successful third annual Refresh and Resource conference in Southampton this month, focusing on supporting those affected by dementia. Around 70 delegates from as far afield as Kent and Aylesbury enjoyed a day of talks, workshops, interactive craft and discussions. The event also saw the launch of Caraway, the new charity set up by the Revd Dr Erica Roberts, City Chaplain ...Read more


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