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Reaching Older People: Spirituality & Discipleship in later life.

A day conference at Nuthall Methodist Church.

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Stories for the Soul: What does the older person really need?

Yo Tozer-Loft

In this interactive workshop you will experience a creative and imaginative method of Christian spiritual nurture which, although developed for children, has been found to be effective in a variety of different contexts e.g. in adult fellowship groups and in chaplaincy work. It is welcomed in care settings for older people, where it is having remarkable results, including amongst people who are living with dementia. The method is called Godly Play, although the older people may know it as Stories for the Soul. People are invited into stories and given the opportunity to wonder and respond. Godly Play values relationship, community, openness and discovery and recognises the human need for deep play. Please go to www.godlyplay.uk for more information. This workshop will give you an experience of a Godly Play session, and inspiration to use the principles in your ministry with older people.

Yo is a Singer and once Primary Teacher, now trained as a Godly Play Storyteller. She has worked with Elders performing at Dementia Cafes and as part of a development project in Sheffield (Mutual Blessings), taking adapted Godly Play (Stories for the Soul) to Care Homes. She is a gifted Godly Play storyteller, has 5 years' experience of caring for relatives with dementia at home and experience of working with older people in her community choirs. She ran a 60 strong Elders lunch club for 2 years including a Digital Storytelling project and values making creative, open, imaginative spaces for older people to reflect, heal and grow.

Reaching the Isolated Elderly

Martin Blyth

  • Understanding what it means to be lonely or isolated along with some of the causes.
  • Meeting the practical, emotional and spiritual needs of older people.
  • Where do we start? Defining what to do - including tips on obtaining funding if appropriate.

Formerly an Analytical Chemist, Project Manager and Youth Worker, Martin was employed by a national charity in 2012 to initiate RISE Nottingham: a project reaching the isolated elderly in the Clifton area of Nottingham. Funded by the Big Lottery, the project worked with health care professionals and others in contact with older people to identify and engage with those in most need within the local community. Through a range of activities, older people at risk of being lonely or isolated have been supported to live independently for longer and often talk about the immense difference that being part of RISE Nottingham has made to their lives. Having stepped back from leading, but still being actively involved with RISE Nottingham, Martin is currently part of a team at Cotgrave Methodist Church focusing on a building refurbishment to enable the church to provide lunches and activities for those who are lonely or isolated in the local community.

Seasons of My Soul: a resource to share in many ways

Jane Bingham

This workshop will focus primarily on the easy access Seasons of my Soul resource produced ecumenically for use with those who find themselves in the second half of life. It will look at how the resource can be used in varying contexts and offer a springboard into conversations about how we engage with each other on spiritual matters that impact on us as we get older.

Jane is the Learning and development Coordinator for the DMLN in our region.
Jane has worked within the learning and development field for the Methodist Church for a number of years and as a consequence has been involved in many initiatives including a gathered model of LP training. Prior to that she worked as a training professional & manager, amongst other things, in the public and private sectors including the worlds of banking, outsourced customer service, power generation, the NHS and the civil service. Although a Midlands girl at heart, she has been an honorary Yorkshire woman for 25 years and worships at Sprotbrough Methodist in the Sheffield District.
Jane has a passion for helping people use a wide range of fabulous resources in ways that see them make a difference in people’s lives rather than gather dust on a shelf!

Even Darkness: Nurturing Spirituality in Dementia

Ruth Young

“Is my spirit immune to the ravages of Alzheimers?”* This cry of the heart comes from Professor Alice Howland as she grapples with her diagnosis of early onset dementia.* At its core is a deep quandary: what happens to our spirituality when our sense of relationship and self seem to slip away?

In this workshop we will begin to explore spirituality in dementia from a Christian perspective. We will discover what the Bible has to say and how as churches we might begin to nurture and defend the assurance of faith in those encountering uncertainty about their future with God.

* Still Alice by Lisa Genova, made into an inspiring film in 2014

In her 11 years as Community Engagement Advisor with Livability, Ruth’s role has been to enable churches and Christian projects to think and work reflectively whilst developing best practice models of community development. Ruth has also been a trainer, facilitator, project evaluator and strategy advisor.
With a professional background in community development and church leadership, she is committed to bringing the two practices together to enhance the church’s local mission. This includes encouraging and supporting congregations to involve people affected by dementia in their pastoral and missional activities.

Living in 3 Dimensions: engaging with the spirituality of the boomer generation

Graham Horsley

An interactive case study of a project of three dimensions. L3D offers resources for those of the Baby Boomer generation (born 1945 – 1964) who are getting back in touch with youthful aspirations and are determined to achieve as much as possible at a time in life when there’s a bit more space to sort things out.

Graham was born right in the middle of the boomer generation. A teenage convert from outside the church, he has 40 years experience of evangelism, a great love for the Methodist Church that has been a huge part in his spiritual journey and considerable frustration with its unwillingness to reach out to those who desperately need to hear the good news of Jesus. He’s the Methodist Connexional Fresh Expressions Missioner, married with two children and five grandchildren, loves extreme sports and Leeds United!

MHA Chaplaincy

Caroline Dobinson

An exploration of MHA chaplaincy, who MHA chaplains are, what they do, and how they do ‘chaplaincy’ to all their residents and the wider community.

Caroline Dobinson is a Regional Chaplain in MHA, covering the Midlands. Caroline is passionate about Spiritual care for the Elderly and how it is delivered. She has been working with MHA for over 5 years now. Apart from being a regional chaplain, she still works two days a week as a chaplain, being there for Residents, Staff, Relatives, and Volunteers of all Faiths and none.

If she is not travelling round the country, you will find her in a pulpit somewhere. She started preaching at age 15, and is an accredited Local Preacher in the Derby Circuit of the Methodist Church. Caroline is a cheeky Chaplain, who is always smiling and enjoys baking, photography amongst other things.

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