Ministry to the Elderly
A group of volunteers works with Maureen Jones in our Ministry to the Elderly team. As well as keeping an eye open for elderly members of the congregation and of the wider community, their main activities are as follows:
A monthly service of Holy Communion is held at the nearby Fieldhead Park Residential and Nursing Home and Radcliffe Residential Home, as well as with people in their own homes who otherwise would not receive it. About fifty people of our ‘external congregation’ receive Communion in this way each month, and this helps them to maintain strong links with everyone at church.
Home and Hospital Visits
Members of the team and others in the congregation ensure that home and hospital
visits to sick or elderly people are made. There is a good network maintained by
visits and by telephone to make sure that no-
Over 70s Lunch Club
Over 70’s Celebrations
About four times a year people from the community aged seventy and above celebrate major Christian festivals with a short service followed by a meal. These celebrations attract many elderly people who never attend a church normally as well as church regulars. Numbers vary between 40 and 70 depending on personal circumstances and the weather.
Contact the Elderly Scheme
A group of volunteer hosts and drivers provide a small number of elderly housebound people with a Sunday afternoon outing for tea and companionship once a month. Although the number of guests remains small the enjoyment and benefits are huge. We are grateful to all hosts and drivers who give up their Sunday afternoons for this.
Established two years ago, the Luncheon Club runs every Tuesday, in the Community Hall at Christ the King. It is intended for local, elderly people and is run by church volunteers. The number of those attending varies according to health and other circumstances, but typically some 18 to 24 people sit down each Tuesday to a cooked meal with dessert and a cup of tea. About half of the members have no other connection with the church. “We always prepare a hot, nourishing and balanced meal, using fresh ingredients,” Maureen says, “and it’s often a joint with all the trimmings, which our members would probably not cook for themselves at home.” She adds that the socialising is probably as important as the food, with many members finding going out difficult. That certainly seems to be true as you go into the Community Hall any Tuesday, when there is a lively buzz of conversation around every table. Teamwork is the key to the club’s continuing success and it isn’t always easy to find the appropriate number of cooks, skivvies, drivers and waiters to keep the show on the road. Volunteers work varying ‘shifts’ with some on duty every week, whilst others fit it in with their various commitments and come less frequently. All give their services freely.
Luncheon Club members pay a modest £4 for their meal, and all those we spoke to told us that it is outstanding value.