Mission and Older People

Mission and Older People is a key topic for an aging Church and society. How are we to enable mission with older people, for older people and to older people?

The Mission Forum has created a resource to enable Church of Scotland members, kirk sessions and presbyteries running awareness raising evenings and help local pastoral groups, Guilds or those working with CrossReach explore the topic.

In November 2014, the members of Mission Forum visited Williamwood House, a CrossReach facility, to encounter directly the excellent work of caring staff offered to residents. This informed the group about one aspect of mission to and with older people. The Rev Colin Sinclair interviewed a panel using the model of “respectful dialogue” to draw from their knowledge and experience on this topic both within and outwith the Church of Scotland. The Mission Forum representatives of councils and committees how they might respond to the experience of CrossReach, the Guild’s gift to the Church of The Golden Age Project, presbyteries, parishes and other agencies such as Faith in Older People and Faith in the Community.

The resource

This resource comprises a series of videos that can be used with the Mission and Older People Study Guide which will be available to purchase through the Resourcing Mission shop.

The videos below include:

  • a short 2 minute promotional video
  • a 5 minute extended version of the promotional video
  • an “Introduction” video
  • a "meet the panellists" video which provides insight into why the panellists have been asked to contribute and the experiences they bring.
  • the panel's response to each question
  • a panellist's response to all questions