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Faith in Later Life

Our sister charity Faith in Later Life exists to inspire and equip Christians to reach, serve and empower older people in every community, through the local church

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It does this through:
- providing leadership a Christian voice for older people
- equipping a national network of Church Champions to empower older Christians in their churches and reach older people in the wider community
- providing a central Resource Hub to help guide, enable and encourage Christians, older or otherwise, in a variety of matters relating to older age
- compiling a UK directory of church-led activities for older people in the church and in the wider community

Carl Knightly is Chief Executive of Faith in Later Life

Carl has led Faith in Later Life since 2018, first as Director, and then as Chief Executive, once charitable status was achieved. Prior to that Carl was part of the senior leadership team at Pilgrims’ Friend Society, a Christian care and retirement housing provider, where he was their Director of Engagement. Before this Carl spent 14 years working in central government, in a variety of operations, strategy and leadership roles, working across government as well as with private sector and third sector partners. Carl is passionate about the huge wisdom, benefits and blessings that come from older people, and the particular importance of being a voice for the vulnerable.

Carl heads up evangelism and outreach ministries at Christ Church Purley, in South London, where he attends alongside his wife Suzy and their two children. Away from church, Carl is a Trustee of a local debt relief charity as well as the Vice Chair of the board at his local Primary Academy.

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Resource hub recommendations

The Faith in Later Life website has a wealth of resources for those working with older people, including:

  1. Guidance for Christian faith organisations in the support and value of older people Read it here
  2. Book Extract from Finishing Well: A God’s eye view of ageing by Revd Ian Knox Read it here
  3. Make a Meal of it – a guide to hosting a community event Read it here
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Daily Hope

During the pandemic, Faith in Later Life launched the Daily Hope in partnership with the Church of England - a free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers

Find out more

Hymns We Love

Hymns We Love is a series of talks developed by Faith in Later Life Ambassador Pippa Cramer and the Connections team at Holy Trinity Claygate in Surrey.

The first 5 talks from the Hymns We Love series are available on the Faith in Later Life website here

The recordings are available on the Holy Trinity Claygate website here

Read more stories about Faith in Later Life on our website

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Hymns We Love

Faith in Later Life Ambassador Pippa Cramer tells how a hymn-based ministry to older people at her church helped to inspire the Daily Hope, the free phone line which has offered spiritual comfort to many during the pandemic

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Championing Older People

Carl Knightly, Chief Executive of our sister charity Faith in Later Life, shares how the organisation is equipping church members to serve older people through its Church Champion network