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Research into older churchgoers

The church and older people has been the subject of interesting research collated by Peter Brierley , whose article in a recent issue of the Church of England newspaper caught our attention. Peter Brierley compiles church statistics on an annual basis which show the number of people over the age of 65 attending church is increasing. There were 810,000 going to church in this age group in 1980, with figures showing 980,000 going in 2017, ...Read more

Christians on Ageing celebrate Dementia Action Week

Christians on Ageing are raising awareness of this month’s Dementia Action Week through its Dementia Network. Albert Jewell edits the charity’s Dementia newsletter. This month, Margaret Goodall, formerly with Methodist Homes (MHA) , and who has done much to publicise ministry among people living with dementia, writes about her experiences (used with permission): For a long time, it was thought that those who dementia could not have a life, as, little by little, their personhood ...Read more

News from Australia

Dilys Griffiths wrote to us from Queensland, Australia to tell us about her work among older people, adding a postscript of how much she misses England in the spring! Dilys is based in Childers, ‘a widely spread Anglican parish consisting of six worship centres in rural towns’. She is a liturgical assistant, retreat leader and spiritual director – having undertaken five years of formation in spiritual direction with the Diocese of Brisbane – and discovered ...Read more

Dementia Action Week 2018

To mark this month’s Dementia Action Week , 21–27 May, the Bishop of Rochester, James Langstaff, is highlighting his diocese’s groundbreaking support for people living with the condition and their carers. He says: There are simple ways to raise awareness of dementia in church life: Include people with dementia in your prayers at services on Sunday 27 May. Pray for carers on National Dementia Carers Day on Sunday 9 September. Arrange a 45-minute Dementia Friends ...Read more

Retreat at Launde Abbey, 2018

Launde Abbey, the site of the retreat Christian leaders from around the country sought refreshment at a 24-hour retreat – ‘Renovare 24: Journey Deep’ – at Launde Abbey, Leicestershire , at which 'Grace and Spiritual Formation in Later Life' was a key topic. Debbie Thrower, team leader of The Gift of Years, joined Chair of Renovare and former Chief Executive of Bible Society, James Catford, to co-lead the retreat, together with priest and Benedictine monk ...Read more

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