Care Homes

“Even to your old age I am He, even when you turn grey I will carry you. I have made you, and I will bear you; I will carry you and will save you.”      Isaiah 46:4

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Alongside the other important ministries of St Johns’ is the ministry to three of the Care Homes in the Parish.

 

 We believe this is an equally valuable expression of the Vision statement adopted by the church some 3 years ago.

 

Growing older is a much discussed topic in the media these days with people living longer and needing care but there is still a small amount of prejudice towards older people in our society and sometimes within the church.

 

Growing older is something that as Christians we can embrace knowing that our Father in heaven will never leave us or forsake us. If we hold on to him tight we will find an inner peace and joy shining through. He is a God who keeps His promises. Our Father knows the future and nothing we may experience in the future is going to surprise Him.

 

Growing older is part of the human condition and older people are still ‘people’ – people with the same feelings emotions and cares as the rest of us. They are just physically fragile and need extra support. Going into a home can be a very upsetting time as it’s the first time people lose their independence. It’s a crucial time to make the offer of ‘life.’

 

Probably many of the people in the Homes we go to have never heard the message of the gospel properly and many of them have lost hope and feel society has disposed of them. It’s important we let them know that is not the case. We share a short service with hymns, readings, prayers and a brief message.