The Inside Column 2/10

Posted in: The Inside Column- Oct 02, 2016 No Comments

Good morning and a very warm welcome to you. We invite you to join us after the service for a hot drink and fellowship.

Yesterday was The International Day of Older Persons so it is apt that as Senior Outreach Coordinator Phil asked me to pen this week’s ‘Inside Column.’

I recently read that research reveals that older people who have a negative attitude towards aging live 7.5 years shorter than those with positive attitudes. So what does this mean to us as a church? Research also reveals that those who feel like they belong and have value in society are positive about their lives.

We are blessed at St Barnabas that we have many senior citizens in our midst. The more I get to know each of you the more respect I have of the active and interesting lives that many of you have lead and how your faith has remained strong through some really challenging times.

In my role as Senior Outreach coordinator I am enjoying running events which many of you have participated in. These create a real sense of fellowship, fun and belonging.

What about those in our community who don’t have a social life or a faith that gives them that sense of belonging to God’s family? As we strive as a church to be more community focused think about who you know in Stoke who might enjoy being part of our church social activities or be open to learning about your faith and how it has given you strength and a sense of belonging in your life.

We have lots of activities coming up over the next couple of months that you could invite others to; ‘Out to Lunch’ this coming Wednesday, a seniors lunch and fashion show in Wakefield on the 26th, the fair and starting next month a series of monthly seminars organised by the combined Anglican Senior Outreach coordinators titled ‘Ticking The Boxes.’ The first of these will be held here at St Barnabas on Wednesday 16 November and will be on down sizing your home. Watch this space!

Yours in Christ

Kathy

Remember to sign up to help with the Church Fair in the foyer. There are lots of different things we can do and help with and when we all work together it makes the work load a lot easier for all.

It’s school holidays until 10 October so there will be no Mainly Music or Prayer Meeting. Both will resume on Tuesday 11 October.

Make a note in your diary that we are going to be having a combined service on Sunday 23 October (Labour Weekend) starting with breakfast at 9.00am followed by the service at 10.00am.

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