Celebrating the Milestones of the Third Third of Life
January 23, 2020
Updated June 25, 2020
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This article is part of The Third Third of Life Toolkit—a collection of resources for ministry to and with people ages 55 and over, brought to you by two ministries of the Christian Reformed Church in North America: Disability Concerns and Faith Formation Ministries.
“As God’s family we need to pause at important moments to acknowledge God’s presence and faithfulness and celebrate as a community how God is at work. One of the ways to do that is by marking the faith milestones in our lives.” —from Celebrating the Milestones of Faith by Robert Keeley and Laura Keeley.
You may already have a milestone ministry in your church. If you do, you probably celebrate events like baptism; graduation from grade school, middle school, high school, and college; marriage—you get the picture. Many of those celebrations deal with events happening in the lives of younger families. But what about people in the third third of life?
Remembering that the faith journey is lifelong, consider including some of these milestones, if you don’t already have them, to your list of celebrations and caregiving opportunities:
By marking these ongoing challenges and changes in the Christian life, the church offers a spiritual family context that will support and nurture adults through transitions that can sometimes be difficult.
Celebrating Milestones in Your Church Community
Celebrating Milestones in Intergenerational Groups
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If you’re part of the Christian Reformed Church in North America and you have questions about how to strengthen your church’s ministry to and with people in the third third of life, one of Faith Formation Ministries’ Regional Catalyzers would love to talk with you about ideas and strategies.
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