Join us in Swindon for a day of inspiring and encouraging Chrisitians to live well in later life.

We will begin the day hearing from God’s word and learning more about the work of Pilgrims’ Friend Society in supporting and caring for older people.

There will be two seminar sessions offering opportunities to hear more about ministering in care homes, supporting those living with dementia, visiting older people in their own homes and making the most of retirement.

We will close the day together hearing from our local care homes about the work they are doing, before finishing the day with prayer.



Alan Copeman

Alan Copeman, Chair of the Pilgrims’ Friend Society Board of Trustees will open the day.

Rev Roger Hitchings

Roger Hitchings will deliver a keynote Bible talk. Roger has spent almost 50 years working with older people. In particular, he has focussed on the teachings of the Bible in respect of later years and how an understanding of this teaching should enhance the way we minister to people in their later years.

Stephen Hammersley

Pilgrims’ Friend Society CEO Stephen Hammersley will deliver a speech on the spiritual nature of our work, explaining the ways in which a Christian approach ensures care and fulfilled living in later life.

Alexandra Davis

Pilgrims’ Friend Society’s Director of Marketing & Communications Alexandra Davis will chair a discussion with local home managers exploring the ways in which they help their residents to live fulfilled and fruitful lives.



Bearing Fruit in Care Homes

Stephen Hammersley leads a workshop with local homes managers on ministering with older people in a care home setting. This will include leading services and the impact that God’s word and Christian worship can have on people in care homes.

Bearing Fruit in Dementia

Diagnosed with Dementia in 2009, Dr Jennifer Bute shows how dementia is no obstacle to God and gives practical guidance to people caring for or ministering with people living with dementia.

Bearing Fruit in Visiting

Stephen Hammersley leads a workshop with locals speakers on how to visit older people well, both in their own homes and care homes.  The panel will provide real examples of care home residents being fruitful for the Lord as a result of visiting.

Bearing Fruit in Retirement

From her book ‘What’s Age got to do with it?’ Louise Morse shares how living out God’s purpose in later years brings ‘fruitfulness’ and fulfilment.


Practical Details

We will be operating an induction loop system and there are accessible toilets at the church

Teas and coffees will be available free of charge throughout the day.

We will not be providing lunch but you are very welcome to bring a packed lunch to eat at the church or, alternatively, there are local amenities close to the church.

There is parking for about 50 cars on site at the church on a first come first served basis;  if you have mobility issues and would like to reserve a space close to the church, please let us know and we will be able to reserve a space for you.

If you have any queries or special requirements please email [email protected] or ring 0300 303 1400.

If you can't join us in Swindon, we'd love to see you at our events in Bedford and Cuckfield.

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