Supporting Seniors and Keeping Connected
Autumn 2021 Update
We are delighted to be regathering in person at our fortnightly busy and very friendly activity sessions for people over 65 years. You are welcome to join us at our next Tiger@Ten meeting on:-
Tuesday, 21st September,
in the All Saints’ church building
from 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 am.
Our autumn term begins with our Tiger@Ten group with refreshments, meeting old friends and new, many different activities, and a short Christian based’ Thought for the Day’.
Ministry among Seniors
At the heart of ministry among Seniors at All Saints is our Tiger@Ten community. This is a welcoming social group hosted each week at 10 o’clock on Tuesdays, in the Tiger building. The group was set up as a fortnightly session and thrives today with a team and membership of about 90 people. Before lockdown we enjoyed a very wide range of creative, cerebral, and physical activities and a daily short Christian talk. We know folks especially enjoyed the freshly baked cakes and biscuits and of course cheese scones!
Who is a 'Senior'?
'Seniors' is our respectful term for people older than 65 years. This term includes the older people who are fit, busy and healthy, those living with health issues and those who are experiencing serious short- or long-term severe difficulties. It includes at least two generations of people: so it is a diverse part of our community and being over 65 years old is the shared factor.
Who to contact?
Carrie Britton leads our Ministry Among Seniors, having previously worked in the NHS, social and voluntary care sectors.
To ask general questions about our Ministry Among Seniors do phone the Church Office 01444 482405.
To ask specific questions relating to this area of ministry, contact Carrie via email email@example.com or leave a message on my mobile 07902 285436 and I will contact you as soon as possible.
Carrie works on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Thoughts for the day by members of the team
An example of a short video clip made during lockdown.
Supporting residents and staff in local Residential Homes
Friends and relatives that we have known for decades now live in residential homes where they can receive more care and support and we have always tried to keep our connections with them. We at All Saints, together with members of the United Reform Church and the Evangelical Free Church Lindfield, have been involved with our local residential homes for many years. A rota of people from the churches faithfully share communion with groups of residents on a regular basis and host other activities. Last year together we revised and reprinted all the large print hymnbooks that are used in the homes.
During this period a few residents have been able to write letters and emails we have tried to find other solutions for others especially where they are confined to their rooms and have no other access to Christian support and encouragement.
We have loaned 5 computer tablets which can be disinfected and shared between residents which enables them to access and download Sunday services, prayers and other bible-based material.
We are also producing a bedside card for each resident in some homes so that they can be reminded that they are loved and precious, and regularly prayed for by our team.
We hugely value the hard work and kindness of staff in our local Care or Nursing homes, and appreciate that their task has been made so much more difficult during this COVID 19 period.
Joanne Head organises a ‘ministry of fresh cakes’ with her wonderful team of 46 bakers. Rainbow art work by the two families have brightened up four of the homes. With cards, phone calls and ongoing prayers we continue to try to demonstrate our support, and appreciation for the local homes and our love for the staff and residents and their families.
Other related activities supporting Seniors
Bereavement Support Team
During Covid a small team undertook training to better support people who are bereaved. Each year we hold a special service remembering those we have loved and lost and thanking God for their lives. Do contact the church office for the date and details of our next special service.
Church Office 01444 482405
Bereavement Support Course
We can now offer regular opportunities to attend a six session course called ‘The Bereavement Journey’. This course has been established for many years by Holy Trinity Brompton and is supported by many different organisations including the Church of England. It consists of weekly video material and small group discussions. It is designed to help anyone who has experienced a bereavement either recently or many years ago, and assists each of us to process our own unique bereavement journey in a supportive small group. More information about this course can be found at Lossandhope.org
A Short Bereavement Journey Promotional film
Dementia Awareness and Support
We are also developing our capacity to become a dementia friendly church and a small group meet regularly to pray for this area of education, care and support.