“Firm Foundations for Later Life” 

    Equipping and inspiring churches for ministry with older people

    Saturday, 11 May 2019, 10.00am – 4.00pm (doors open at 9.00am)

    All Nations Centre, Frog Island, Leicester LE3 5AG


    Billy Graham famously said: “All my life I've been taught how to die, but no one ever taught me how to grow old.”

    Society has changed.  According to a recent study by Age UK, there are now 11.8 million people aged 65 or over in the UK, which presents challenges not just for society, but also for the Church.  The biggest challenge for older Christians is not just how to live fruitful and fulfilled lives in later life, but also how to die well in Christ. People with a strong faith, who have been experiencing God’s faithfulness over many decades, are like the righteous spoken about in Psalm 92 - flourishing like palm trees, growing like cedars in Lebanon, planted in the house of the LORD, flourishing in the courts of our God and still bearing fruit in old age.

    Dr Jennifer Bute, one of the keynote Speakers, shares valuable insight as a doctor, a Christian and a person living with dementia.  Through ground-breaking books like “Dementia from the Inside” (available online) Dr Bute brings hope to people living with dementia and their families and encouraging everyone else to get alongside people living with dementia. 

    Professor John Wyatt (Professor of Ethics at UCL and author of Christian books such as “Matters of Life and Death” and “Dying well: Dying Faithfully” will also be providing a biblical-based talk on the importance of growing our faith in our later years.

    There will be other excellent speakers too, including Louise Morse (Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, writer and author of Christian books on old age and dementia), Revd. Roger Hitchings (Theologian and Christian speaker) and more.


    Talks & Seminars

    [Please note the titles and descriptions of talks and seminars may change slightly but the contents remain unchanged].

    Keynote Bible Talk: "Finishing Well"

    What are the opportunities that dying well brings? How does the Christian hope affect the way we approach death and how can we prepare now for our own dying?

    Prof. John Wyatt

    Plenary:  "Still Standing Firm"

    Jennifer will seek to explore the Biblical teaching on standing firm from the perspective of someone now living with dementia. She will cover ‘motivation’ and the ‘how’ and ‘why’. She says she continues to learn so much more about God, His plans, purposes, and His never-ending love.

    Dr. Jennifer Bute

    PFS Annual Meeting 

    An opportunity for supporters to hear from PFS's Chief Executive and Chairman what the Lord has been doing for the Society over the past year, and plans for the years ahead.  All welcome

    Stephen Hammersley, Chief Executive

    Alan Copeman, Chair of Trustees

    Seminar 1:  "Brain & Soul Boosting for Seniors"" (BSBS)

    The BSBS programme was designed to provide cognitive and spiritual stimulation for older people. It consists of themed sessions that are engaging and fun.  They are being run in churches, care homes, day centres and even in people’s own homes.

    In this session Janet Jacob, who was involved in the development of BSBS, will introduce and lead a practical demonstration of the programme.  Sally Trigg and Jo Dunne share the results of running the programme in their local church (Stapleford Baptist) and gives a demonstration of how it works.

    Janet Jacob (with Sally Trigg & Jo Dunne)

    Seminar 2: "The Glue that holds Society Together"

    Gods heart for his family to live in loving intergenerational communities is echoed throughout the Scriptures. With a national loneliness epidemic and families increasingly disbanded and dismantled, the UK Church has a unique opportunity to be a beacon of hope and home to the many who are seeking a place to belong.

    Using practical examples, this session explores how a recovery of the biblical role and value of older people in the local church is essential to the family model and community transformation.

    Debs Fidler

    Seminar 3:  "Five Passions at 40 that fuel a great old age"

    Our aim for old age is to be contented and fulfilled, but as Paul learnt, it doesn’t happen by itself.  This session examines the secrets of ‘super-agers’, and their Scriptural basis.

    Louise Morse

    Seminar 4: "Enabling Seniors to know and Enjoy God in Later Life"

    It is every true believers’ privilege to grow in the knowledge of the Lord. It is the very essence of what it means to be a Christian. And knowing the Lord means enjoying Him and His goodness even in difficulties and sorrows. But in later life the experiences of varied losses, declining capacities, cultural and social influences and pressures, all make that growth in knowledge and enjoyment of Christ more difficult, and some older believers find their spiritual experiences become almost non-existent. How can these blessings be attained and the hindrances overcome?

    Rev. Roger Hitchings

    Seminar 5: "Being Human in a World of Intelligent Machines"

    Advanced technology is being seen as a solution to many of the unsolved needs of caring for older people.  How should we respond to this from a Christian perspective?  What will be the opportunities and challenges that technology brings to the care of older people?

    Prof. John Wyatt

    Admission:  £5 per delegate.   

    Free parking.   

    Refreshments throughout the day and a Sandwich lunch included. 

    Christian books and resources available to buy or free to take away. 

    Follow the link below to book your place today!   Look forward to seeing you there.

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