Demographics in the North American church are making unprecedented shifts. In just 10 years, 1 in 4 members of a given church family will be 55 or older. At First, we're making it a priority to engage and care for mature adults in a meaningful way.
Maturing adults (55+/-) are now the fastest growing age group in the country. This emerging trend will have significant ministry consequences over the next 20-25 years for churches and the communities they serve. There will need to be an intentional approach to discern and provide ministries with and for this generation of maturing adults, which will help them personally flourish and deepen in their Christian faith. The challenges and opportunities resulting from this growing number of maturing adults are unprecedented. It could be a time for the church to provide educational, recreational, social, and ministry options for the growing numbers of volunteers who will have more time and resources and who will want meaningful ways to care and serve others. The Maturing Adult Ministries (MAM) is committed to pray, discern, and provide leadership in implementing new and creative ways to better respond.
One of the key initiatives of the MAM is the Alzheimer Café. We are working towards creating more ways of serving and equipping our maturing adults.
Alzheimer Cafés provide a casual, friendly setting for those experiencing some form of dementia, their caregivers and others interested in this illness. The Cafés provide an opportunity to connect with others for learning, networking and socializing. Each Café has a short information session on some topic related to dementia, followed by some entertainment usually in the form of music and socialization.
The first Café at First was held in April, 2018. Gradually, there are other emerging cafes in the Lower Mainland. Mary Dickau at Beulah Garden Homes Society is helping to facilitate the development of a network of volunteers that are needed for these Cafés to be sustained and promoted.
The cafe gives everyone a welcome break from the disease. We encourage you or someone you may know in your networks who are living with dementia or providing care for someone with a dementia-related diagnosis and may benefit from being involved in the cafes to join us.
First has scheduled Cafés on the second Saturday of most months from 2-4 pm. There is free parking available for guests and volunteers. Volunteers are always welcome, and we can help you find the right area to use your talent and energy. It is a rewarding and fun experience.
Contact John Tsang for more information.