Blessings of Ageing Day - a real success!
7th February 2018
Sheffield Cathedral was almost full with people coming to hear how we can best serve older people in our Diocese.
Ministry with and to people over 65 is a much undervalued area of mission and evangelism. We often rightly focus on building our youth and children’s work yet a 71 year old is 13 times more likely to attend one of our churches than an 18 year old.
Revd Professor James Woodward, Principal of Sarum College, talked about the importance of our work with older people and Dr Clare Gardiner, Vice Chancellor’s Fellow of Sheffield University School of Nursing and Midwifery, explained her department's research findings on social isolation and interventions to reduce loneliness in older people.
There were also stories from Sue Smith, Christ Church Hackenthorpe and Mark Storey, CEO, Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care, about how they are providing for and enaging with older people in Sheffield. There was particular emphasis on the benefits of a well-run befriending service., Discussion groups and plenary session allowed those attending to think about these issues within their own context.
All sessions were recorded so these videos will soon feature on this site with accompanying Powerpoint slides, as well as a regualrly updated page of online resources and information particularly focussing on the Blessings of Ageing resource document which was launched today, compliled by a working group, featuring practical ways of working with the over 65s - a guide for parishes and partnership churches.
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