Debbie Thrower tackles the subject: 'What would make for a hopeful older age –
Who thinks of their own ageing process as an adventure? Perhaps, few of us. How might it change our perspective if we could regard our advancing years not so much with dread as with anticipation?
In many churches, those who are over 60 are the bedrock of the church's life, often active in volunteering and lay leadership. As these generations grow older so their needs differ and change and as the younger generation becomes the focus of the church’s energy, they can sometimes struggle to know their place. How can churches contribute to a safe community for those at the so-called third and fourth stages of life and help them to continue to grow spiritually?
Debbie Thrower, pioneer of Anna Chaplaincy for Older People, explores these questions alongside explaining how to develop a caring ministry among the more mature where they receive the spiritual care they need; for some, this is within a framework of their continuing discipleship journey. Creative approaches will emerge on how to engage actively in support and outreach to older generations within our local communities.