Pilgrims' Friend Society's Annual Meeting and Conference


"A brilliant day - exhausted but inspired!"   

This was how one attendee summed up our 2017 'Faith in Seniors' themed Conference held in Leicester.  The conference attracted almost 400 people to hear bible-based talks and receive information from experts in the field of old age and related issues. 

The UK now has the largest generation of older people in history. Some see it as a challenge, while others see it as
an opportunity. The Scriptures show that God designed old age on purpose. His intent was that older people should be a blessing both to society and to the Church. They are instructed to tell of his faithfulness throughout their lives to evangelise others, to encourage and support.

The Bible speaks of their giftings and maturity. Yet God’s design has been deflected by ageism. Recent research by age UK found that it has devastated the mental health tens of thousands, who say their lives have no meaning.

When it comes to supporting older people, few organisations can match the experience of the 210-year-old charity, the Pilgrims’ Friend Society.

At the Society’s flagship Annual Meeting and Conference in Leicester in May, delegates will be envisioned and equipped around how to enable the ministries of older Christians in their churches and in their local  communities. They will hear from a range of speakers, including Debs Fidler, founder of ‘Silvercord’ in Manchester, describing how churches there are working together with local agencies and training older Christians as Befriender’s of isolated people in the community. 

Cognitive behavioural therapist and author, Louise Morse, is leading a workshop on tackling loneliness, and Revd Canon Ian Knox is taking a seminar on ‘Practical Tools for Evangelism.’ Popular speaker and writer Roger Hitchings will be looking at how to live with purpose after retirement, and Dr Sarah Jones, former old age consultant, will discuss caring for elderly relatives at home. Dr Jennifer Bute, a GP and Fellow of RCGP, who retired when diagnosed with dementia 10 years ago, will give insights on faith and dementia. The keynote Bible talk will be given by evangelist Roger Carswell.

Registration Fee: £5.00, including Lunch and Free Car parking 

FREE to Registered Supporters of the PFS Family and Subscribers to Pilgrims Magazine.

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