“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

    Morning Sessions  -  10.15am - 12.30pm

    Keynote Bible Talk: "Finishing Well"  (Prof. John Wyatt)

    We live in a world where the end of life has become dominated by doctors, medical treatments and hospital systems.  Dying has become a medical event which is defined and managed by medics.  We, the patients, are in danger of becoming passive and helpless in the face of well-meaning medical control.  But the truth is that the end of life can be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for spiritual and personal growth because of the Christian hope we have of life beyond the grave. 

    In this talk Prof. Wyatt explores some of the opportunities at the end of life, including focusing on the things which really matter, saying sorry and being reconciled where there are relationships that need healing, receiving afresh the grace and forgiveness of God, learning new lessons that our Father has to teach us, fulfilling dreams and passing on to our loved-ones the deepest concerns of our hearts.  

    Plenary:  "Still Standing Firm"  (Dr Jennifer Bute)

    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.


    PFS ANNUAL MEETING 

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


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

    The Brain & Soul Boosting for Seniors (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.

    Seminar 2: "The Glue that holds Society Together"  (Debs Fidler)

    Gods heart for his family to live in loving inter-generational 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.

    Seminar 3:  "Five Passions at 40 that fuel a great old age"  (Louise Morse)

    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.

    Seminar 4: "Enabling Seniors to know and enjoy God in later life"  (Rev. Roger Hitchings)

    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?

    Seminar 5: "Being Human in a World of Intelligent Machines" (Prof. Wyatt)

    Artificial intelligence and robotics are changing the nature of our world, our society and the way we interact as humans.  How will this change our understanding of what it means to be human? What role can companion robots and artificial intelligence play in healthcare, in the care of people with disabilities, and those affected by mental impairment?  What are the opportunities and risks that advancing technology brings and how can we prepare as Christian believers for the technological future that is round the corner?  

    Find out more about our speakers HERE.


    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. 


    Do feel free to give us a call on 0300 303 1403 if you would like to know more about this exciting day!

    We hope to see you there!

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