Planning a church program for seniors and young people
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Planning a church program for seniors and young people

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Published by Westminster Press in Philadelphia .
Written in English


  • Church group work with youth.,
  • Church work with youth.,
  • Church work with young adults.

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Edition Notes

Bibliography: p. 82.

StatementFrank D. Getty.
LC ClassificationsBV29 .G42
The Physical Object
Pagination83 p. ;
Number of Pages83
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL6462120M
LC Control Number43049234

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Challenge the older people to leadership – not just service. They can lead groups, teach classes, offer counsel to younger people in the church and mentor others and teach people that as we age we need to learn to demonstrate MORE of the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians ). Love the older people and mobilize them for service. Establish a reporting system so that the pastor or overseer will have knowledge of how the group is working and who has been visited. The reporting system can be as simple as having the person doing the visit send an email to the group leader and overseer, or a template can be designed to list such details as the name of the person visited, name of visitor, date and relevant details.   A major new report, Engaging Young Adults, studies the practices of a cross-section of American congregations that reach young adults as well as those that fail to reach younger people. Author Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi has done a splendid job of organizing and interpreting data collected in the American Congregations survey by the Faith. A fun church activity for senior citizens is to have an evening in which the seniors choose the hymns or gospel songs they wish to sing. Many churches focus on contemporary praise songs, leaving the older members remembering the gospel songs and hymns of their youth that meant so much to them.

Have the seniors read the books on their own time and then gather to discuss the book and their perceptions of it. The club can meet each week or every other week in a room at the church or in someone's home. This activity is enjoyable for seniors, both during the group session and outside the club when they are reading the books. Plan an event with these church retreat planning ideas from picking a venue to organizing worship for your next adult, youth group, men's, women's or couples getaway.   The growth in young adults at these churches is almost all from the arrival of Christians transferring from other churches, or students and post-graduates moving into the area, meaning that these churches are now reaching mainly churched, middle class and well educated young adults. Keith found that one church had lost many of its unchurched. Or ask a group of interested young adults to help you plan. Share the ministry with others by delegating projects to people in the church or community who have passion. Study Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation, Ministries with Young People and Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation, Adult Ministries.

A Plan for Congregational and Pastoral Care Giving with our Senior and Elder Members Prepared for St. Mark’s United Methodist Church by Martha Lundgren V updated April, For additional information about this plan, please contact Martha Lundgren at or [email protected]   If possible, draw up a plan, sit down with the staff, and explain what such a program could accomplish. The church’s ministry to the elderly can be both spiritual and practical, and it can be conducted both at church and in the homes and residences of the senior citizens you’re trying to reach. Spiritual Help. Ministry to shut-ins. Most congregations have a worship tradition of gifting graduates with either a Bible or an inspirational book. Many churches ask graduates to proceed in cap and gown for this service, since baccalaureate services are no longer observed. Whatever your church's tradition, honoring graduation in its glorification of God is appropriate. What young people say they want. Don’t just take our word for it. Reflecting on the “secret” to his church’s success, one young person explained, "Yeah, I think the goal for our church is not really effectiveness with young people but serving and following Jesus. And young people like me are attracted to churches that want to do that.”.