WHAT'S NEW!! The Pilgrims' Friend Society's Annual Meeting and Conference, opening up the biblical view of God's purposes in later life, including tips on sharing the gospel with older people and practical and spiritual support for those affected by dementia. Read more by clicking on the link opposite. Read our latest e-newsletter here, packed full of interesting, encouraging and uplifting stories to support those caring for or ministering with older people. Don't forget you can sign up to receive these regularly by email. Just go to our Homepage to complete the sign-up. According to Church Urban Fund 87% of churches are reaching out in some way to lonely and isolated people. Christmas is a wonderful time for this ministry as it’s a time when perceived loneliness can be at its peak. Our greatest need at Christmas is to “Love the Lord your God” and to know his love in return. Starting a conversation and sustaining conversations with older people this Christmas is not only a start to addressing loneliness, it is also an important step in declaring our love for lonely older people in our communities. Download your copy of the Resource here and start to share God's love this Christmas. Christmas Loneliness Resource What’s Age Got To Do With It? If you think that being old is to do with a rocking chair and an easy life style, think again. You’re looking through the binoculars backwards. What’s Age Got To Do With It? turns the lenses the right way around and gives a clear, Scriptural view of God’s purpose for old age. When He created the universe, God set in motion times and seasons and the ageing process. Old age was part of His plan from the beginning - that people should ripen to maturity, developing wisdom through a life time of experience and relationship with Him, eventually enriching others with the attributes that have been honed over their lifetimes. But instead of contributing as God intended, many see themselves as ‘useless’ and afraid of being a burden. Ageism has destroyed their self image and expectations, and they withdraw – and we are all the losers. There are accounts of many people living full, purpose driven lives well into their 90s and even 100s. For example, you’ll meet the lay preacher who wrote a book at 100 years of age because he couldn’t stand long enough to preach as he used to, and the 95 year old who organised more Christian support for his care home. And many ordinary people who refused to be diminished by ageism – and who are making a difference to the lives of those around them. Ageism is a set of beliefs that we absorb all our lives, that affect us powerfully but subconsciously. Most of us are of it, even though it holds us back. What’s Age Got To Do With It? shows how to take the reins off and live the way God intended from the beginning. If you would like paper copies of the magazine for you or your Church, please email us at [email protected], or telephone us on 0300 303 1400 and ask to be added to our mailing list. Click here to view previous editions of The Pilgrims' magazine. Brain & Soul Boosting - Evangelism This is a proven format for engaging older people with the Gospel in a way that respects their culture, and honours their long lives and experiences. Click here or on the picture opposite to download the free seasonal worksheets and group resources. This Easter edition of Brain and Soul Boosting for Seniors offers a proven format for engaging seniors with the Gospel in a way that will resonate with their most deeply held beliefs. It allows them to articulate what it means to them, and will reinforce their faith, stimulating new thoughts. Click here to find out more and to download the resources. What else is NEW? Faith in Later Life A new website packed full of useful resources and initiatives to inform, inspire, equip and encourage churches and individuals ministering with older people. Find out more here.