A community hosted by Sheffield Methodist District and open to anyone of any denomination involved in ministry with older people, including volunteers, lay workers and clergy.
We meet around four times per year (offering webinars and gathered events) to share experiences, ask questions, and explore new resources and approaches to support you in your ministry in your context.
In recent webinars we have benefitted from guest speakers including from Our Church at Home, MHA Communities, Anna Chaplaincy and Parish Nursing. Recordings of previous webinars are available below.
Over the coming year we will be concentrating on ministry with older people through a mission planning lens as we respond to a post-lockdown world. How do we keep our ministry with older people relevant? What are the most important things we could each be doing in our own contexts? Where does ministry with older people sit in our priorities as churches? How does it relate to our visions and values? Do we approach ministry with older people with the same mindset and purpose as ministry with the not so old?
For further information, to receive news of forthcoming events, or to suggest other topics you would like to discuss, contact Neil Harland: firstname.lastname@example.org / 07483 308008
1 – 2:30pm Wednesday 3 November 2021
What is a community audit? What is the point of one? Where do we start? An opportunity to explore some practical and effective tools for understanding better the varied needs of older people living in your community, what is already being provided, and who might be willing to minister alongside you. Including opportunities to share experiences and hear stories of real-life community audits.
Book your place by Sunday 31 October
1 – 2:30pm Wednesday 16 February 2022
Working in partnership with other organisations can enable your ministry with older people to achieve things you could not working alone, but can also bring new challenges. We will explore the pitfalls and positives of partnership working, and how to go about setting up a new partnership or improving an existing one.
Book your place by Sunday 13 February
Eventbrite link to follow
1 – 2:30pm Wednesday 18 May
You know many needs in your community, there are organisations that want to work with you, but what should you actually do as you minister with older people? What will you not do? What if the things you have always done are not the most important now? How to generate, discern and implement new plans for ministry with older people? Without falling out in the process!
Book your place by Sunday 15 May
Eventbrite link to follow
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