Young At Heart - Seniors
The meeting time and day is: Thursday at 9:30 a.m.
We always begin with a "wake up" Stretching and Workout session!
Next is a time of Praise and Worship followed by an applicable message in
the Word of God.
We often organize a practical evangelizing outreach that everyone can participate in.
Seniors often engage in visitations to homes.
Sometimes we organize a movie day!
And we always have a fellowship time.
seniors playing a game inside church
Seniors posing for a picture
Senior group posing around a Christmas tree
Seniors group sitting around a round table of food
Psalm 71:18 New International Version (NIV)
Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God,
till I declare your power to the next generation,our mighty acts to all who are to come.
Psalms 92: v12 to v15 New International Version (NIV)
The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the Lord;
they flourish in the courts of our God. They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
How You Can Help Seniors!
Today, I want to share with you some unique and meaningful ways you can serve and extend compassion to seniors in your congregation and in your life.
Committed and Continual Prayer
No ministry is genuinely doing Kingdom work unless it is closely tied to God and His mission for us. That means prayer and discipleship have to be core fundamentals. Ask everyone involved to remain in continual prayer for seniors, stay in contact with them, and discover their unique prayer requests.
Many seniors, particularly in the older demographic, could use help arranging and understanding how to make video calls with their family, or using other pieces of technology to help them stay connected. Offering tech help, or organizing people to provide tech help, is one way to help seniors keep in touch with those they love and have better access to information.
Offer To Help Seniors Learn How To Do Online Grocery Shopping
Store delivery and pick up services are a great way to avoid crowds and have a safer shopping environment, but some seniors may have never used such services or are aware of how to do so. Help in this area might be a great way to serve them during an array of difficult situations.
Arrange For Youth And Children To Do Projects Or Create Gifts
Ask youth and children’s ministry leaders to create a project or gifts to serve seniors. It could be as simple as creating art and drawings, or organizing them into mission teams to serve in unique ways suitable to their skill levels.
Create Daily Devotions or Weekly Content For Seniors
Are there spiritually-mature folks in your church who are great with the written word? Why not organize a daily or weekly devotion for seniors directly from your church community? For example, if you can find seven writers, assign each a day and ask them submit devotions a week in advance. Simply arrange the devotions into a printable format for emailing or printing and delivering to their homes. This is just another way to share local ministry without
Send A Card Or Hand-Written Note
Nothing beats hand-written when you want to express care and concern. The extra effort and personable nature of a hand-written note or card goes a long way in showing care. Be sure to include personal and thoughtful details and let the senior know how you’ve been thinking and praying for them.
Organize Service and Errand Teams
The core of any sustained ministry to seniors begins with organization. If you are expecting to fulfill ministry needs over a longer period of time, then creating a stronger structure is necessary. Small groups (3-10 members) can help with grocery and supplies buying and delivery, chores, transportation, and any other needs. Be sure to establish a leadership and communication structure. Assign seniors to groups and have group leaders clearly communicate to seniors that they are available to help and will check in with them periodically.
Ask Seniors What Their Biggest Disruptions Are And Respond To Their Needs
Be sure to ask seniors what their biggest disruptions look like in their lives and offer to find unique solutions. It is almost impossible to assume every problem or situation they might be dealing with, so be sure to ask, because there may be simple ways to help.
Just Give Them A Call
Honestly, just stay connected with older people in your church. Give them a call, let them know you’re thinking about them, ask them how they are doing. This requires no organization and no information other than a phone number, and can really brighten their day. Be sure to give plenty of time for the conversation, if they want to talk, so call when both of you are potentially available for conversation.
So there you have it! Nine ideas for meeting the needs of seniors who may not be able to connect, socialize, and worship in the ways that they have in the past. Were there any ideas on this list that might be helpful for the seniors in your church community? How could you possibly blend a few ideas together and cover more needs with less effort on your part?
Ministering to seniors doesn’t need to be complicated or require enormous amounts of effort. The most important thing is a loving-heart, genuine concern, and to have the motivation to serve Christ and live out the Gospel in our communities.
Blessings as you seek to develop stronger ministry to seniors in your church community, and always be on the lookout for new and innovative ways to help meet their needs and experience the love of Jesus through their church!