Church Develops Dementia Ministry

Friday, March 15th, 2019

A UK church is leading the way in welcoming people with dementia into church life.

St Thomas’ Church in Lancaster city has been developing its ministry to dementia suffers, their carers, and families and now wants to share their findings with other churches.

Inspire Magazine reports, the church is planning a day-long “Being a Dementia-Friendly Church” training session.

With the help of specialists in the field, they will look at how Christians can meet the needs of people with dementia and help church leaders cater for them.

St Thomas’ has run an award-winning “Lyrics and Lunch” group since 2013 where people with dementia sing, play instruments, and laugh a lot.

Carers also share with each other and the friendship makes for a happy encounter.

In 2016, “Lyrics and Lunch” won first prize in the Premier Radio Love Britain and Ireland Awards in the category of Working with Older People.

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