The number of people who find themselves in the “third third of life” (age 55 and up) is increasing—dramatically. Is your church ready for the challenges and opportunities of this new reality?
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Faith Formation Ministries is excited to present a workshop at Inspire 2019 about faith formation for people age 60 and above.
In Canada today, there are 1,200-1,300 people turning 65 years of age every day. In the U.S., 10,000 Boomers reach that milestone birthday each day. Is your church aware of and ready to offer Christ’s love to a growing elderly population?
My parents always saw my sister and I as integral parts of their ministry, knowing that we had valuable contributions to make. And yet they did not force us to get involved; they extended an invitation.
That nursery programs hold this much intergenerational ministry potential is often overlooked in churches where nursery is viewed as the hard to staff, catch all for kids who can’t be, or don’t want to be, in worship.
While on vacation in South Carolina, my wife and I worshiped at First Zion Baptist Church. And though it was immediately clear that we were visitors in a strange land, this little church with a big heart welcomed us. . .
He could no longer even stand, so he simply laid himself down on the ground. “Did anyone do anything?” his mom asked. “Yes,” he said quietly. “My friends ran over and laid on the ground right next to me.”
Congregations always have a culture. You won’t find it written down in mission statements or council minutes but walk into any congregation on a Sunday morning, and you will gradually gain a sense of who is welcome.
Looking for an easy way to enter into God’s story with a mixed age group that includes young children? Hear about innovative ways to use the newly revised God Loves Me books.
Parenting is hard work and I know that some Sundays you’re just longing to sit in silence. And I suspect that there have been times when you’ve felt like your wee ones weren’t always welcome in worship. Please persist.