More than 16 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. An estimated 5.8 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s and that number is climbing. What can churches do to be more welcoming of those with dementia? How can churches equip caregivers? Do you interested in learning more about dementia and relating better to individuals with dementia?
The Dementia and the Church webinars continue with four new webinars, which began July 10, to explore these questions. You may watch any of the four webinars from your own computer by registering on this link: https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/articles/webinar-series-dementia-and-the-church OR watch them in a socially-distanced groups in the Narthex on the dates/times they are scheduled. The four webinars from this past winter are also available for viewing through this link.
Session One: Normal vs. Not Normal Aging and Keys to Connecting with Someone Living with Dementia – this webinar was held July 10. A recording may be found at: https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/articles/july-10-2020-normal-vs-not-normal-aging-and-keys-to-connecting-with-someone-living-with-dementia
Session Two: Tools for Connecting with People Living with Dementia when Behaviors are Challenging – Aug 21 @ Noon
Session Three: Common Challenges in Nursing Homes and Memory Care and How to Avoid Them – Sept 17 @ Noon
Session Four: Essential Documents for Protecting You and Your Loved One Living with Dementia – Nov 5 @ Noon
Being unable to welcome friends into our homes, visit family in care centers, or be out and about has heightened our sense of isolation these past few months.
An essential part of becoming deeply committed Christians is our connection with others in small groups, and that is true now more than ever. Small groups allow us to find encouragement, prayer, learning and life together. If you are looking for an opportunity to connect with others and grow your faith, new small groups of 8 or less are now being formed. The groups may meet digitally via Zoom OR meet in socially distanced settings. Small group leaders are also needed. Contact the church office at 262-5970 or email email@example.com to sign up by August 10.
If you already have a group identified, we have set up spaces at the church where you can connect with others while practicing appropriate physical distancing. Contact the church office to reserve a space.
Grace has an ongoing weekly subscription to The Wired Word. The Wired Word lessons link two current events with relevant scripture and discussion questions. The Wired Word group plans to meet in person on Sunday, August 2, at 10:45 AM in the Fireside Room. In the meantime, the office would be happy to send out weekly emails to any individuals who would enjoy receiving The Wired Word. Contact the church office with your current email address at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-5970 if you’d like to receive these lessons. The Wired Word provides great thought-provoking reading for individuals and/or small groups.