How Can We Embrace The Elderly?
Perhaps your church is brimming with older folk; maybe anyone over the age of 35 feels old. Either way, older people bring wisdom, perspective and often a brilliant sense of humour. In our society we tend to glorify youth and are becoming increasingly disrespectful to the aged.
A respected Baptist academic, Dr Roy Kearsley from South Wales, is encouraging the church to embrace older people. He points to recent UK reports highlighting the low levels of care for the elderly, suggesting many are being denied their basic needs. Alarmingly, some lack enough food, sleep in soiled beds and go without their medication.
Kearsley sees this as an opportunity for churches to step up, suggesting that each has a strategy to support the aged. He endorses the book ‘A Vision For The Ageing Church,’ by Houston and Parker, which encourages active ageing instead of accepted decline.
He finishes by saying that ‘mutual interaction’ between young and old will ‘refresh and enrich’ the church’s life.