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ONE DAY CONFERENCE ABOUT WORSHIPING AND VISITING WITH ELDERLY
Worship of God is an often neglected aspect in the lives of institutionalized elderly. Many elderly were raised in churches, but had to move when they went to an old-age home and lost contact with their pastor and/or church. Others left the church earlier in their life. During the end-stages of life they reflect on their lives and often want to return to the Lord. Their children don’t see the need to bring them to church and they do not have the ability to attend on their own anymore. Yet worship can and should play an important part in their lives just as in ours. Not only can they offer God the praise and honor He deserves, but they can also derive deep satisfaction, joy and peace through worship of Him.
Honoring the elderly inside and outside the church is a Biblical mandate and there is much need for us as churches to organize worship for institutionalized elderly and visit the people we meet at worship gatherings. Many churches see the need and organize worship services in (secular) facilities. Is your church involved? Are your small groups? Are you? But, do we know how? Are we prepared to deal with specific “aging” issues? Where do you start? How to organize worship with elderly? What are things to watch for? How do you visit? Should elders, deacons and ministers get involved? The institutional setting is not the same as a traditional church, and so we must also consider the logistical challenges and practical concerns involved with the institutional context, including following up with those who attend worship services.
To help the church develop, organize and extend worship gatherings and aftercare in Assisted Living and Long Term Care Facilities, Please join us for a ONE-DAY-CONFERENCE ABOUT WORSHIPING AND VISITING WITH ELDERLY. This conference is organized by the Home Mission Committee of Redemption Canadian Reformed Church in Flamborough together with the Word and Spirit Institute (www.wsinstitute.ca). Throughout the day, the use of Scripture and Music will be considered as well as the life situations of residents in Long Term Care.
The main speaker for the day is Dr. Tom McCormick. Tom enjoys the interrelationship between several disciplines. Tom integrates practice with thought which shows in his various ministry related activities. He teaches ESL, helps coordinate services for immigrants and assists minority language groups overseas with Bible translations. As a chaplain, Tom works and has worked at several Long Term Care and Assisted Living facilities. Tom has also written several books on Nursing Home Ministry, Mediation and Christian Philosophy. Dr. McCormick has developed and taught the program “Ministry for the Aging”, a 6-module certificate program that promotes a Biblical approach on all aspects of elderly care. For more information on this program, please visit http://www.wsinstitute.ca/certificate-program-in-ministry-for-the-aging/ Furthermore, Tom has organized and conducted many conferences, workshops and college/university courses about Christian care for elderly. As a life-long learner, he has acquired a BA in philosophy and mathematics, an MA in Bible (Westminster Seminary, Philadelphia), a PhD in Humanities (Linguistics & Philosophy, University of Texas, Arlington), and a PhD in Philosophy (Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto).