SUPPORTING OUR SENIORS during the COVID-19 outbreak
Thank you to everyone who has already kindly offered help at this difficult time. Many older people do not use the internet so regular phone calls will be a way of ensuring we all stay connected as a church family. Some people have also volunteered to deliver shopping to those who are housebound. In compliance with the safeguarding regulations issued by the Diocese of Bristol this should only be done by people who have an enhanced DBS check with a barred list check for working with adults. If you are willing to commit to regular calls/sending a card to someone who is in self isolation during this period or you would like to help with shopping, please co-ordinate with Rhean Fox (working hours are Monday-Wednesday). Thank you.
Led by Rhean Fox, Christ Church is developing the work among the many senior and recently retired members of our community. The vision is to encourage the seniors 'to be strong in the Lord' while they face the many challenges of this last phase in their lives, so being witnesses of God's grace and presence in their communities.
VISITING and HOME COMMUNIONS:
We encourage younger members of the church family to get alongside the more senior members. We have a group of visitors who visit and befriend people at home, and enjoy friendship in return, our senior members are a true inspiration to us. We also take Holy Communion to the housebound on a monthly basis. It is very moving to experience the presence of the Lord and to realise the church is not the building but people meeting in His name.
Are you 60 years or over?
Then you could get involved in different ways;
MONDAY HOMEGROUP (From 10.30 - 11.45am):
A group of us meet fortnightly as a home group in one of our local homes within Clifton, for bible study and prayer. We enjoy friendship and seek to support each other. We would love more seniors to join us. Please contact the church office to confirm the current location. Phone 0117 9736524 or email the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org
WEDNESDAY COMMUNITY CENTRE:
A group of about 40 members who come from all parts of the community meets each week from 10am until 2.45pm downstairs in the church, enjoying friendship, a variety of activities, a home cooked lunch, speakers and other entertainment.
WEDNESDAY MIDWEEK GATHERING:
If you are unable to attend the Gatherings on Sunday, we have a short reflective midweek Gathering in church, from 11:00am to 11:45am every Wednesday. Occasionally we follow up the Gathering with a light buffet lunch! People of all ages are welcome.
Senior members from our services and from the Community Centre meet once a month for Sunday lunch downstairs in the church, from 12.45pm - 2.30pm.
VISIONARY PEOPLE NEEDED!
Have you a heart for seniors and vision to develop the support network for them? Please email Rhean Fox or phone the church office on 0117 9736524.