United Mission empowers ministries across American Baptist Churches USA regions. In the American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island, Rev. Kathryn Palen, Associate Executive Minister for ElderCare Ministries, explains how United Mission support helps regions ensure that the oldest among us know they are cherished and celebrated.
…even to your old age I am he, even when you turn gray I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save. – Isaiah 46: 4
American Baptists rejoice in the knowledge that God’s love is our comfort and joy throughout our entire lives.
“As the American population grays—with people’s life expectancies lengthening and Baby Boomers enter the third third of life—faith communities are uniquely positioned to make a meaningful difference in the lives of elders, as well as their families. The elder care ministries of the American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island offer congregations and their leaders dynamic ideas, resources, and opportunities for ministering to and with senior adults,” said Palen. Eldercare ministries help older American Baptists navigate the changes that come later in life, while maintaining a joyful awareness that this time is a transition stage preparing people for the next stage in a never-ending journey.
Our understanding of what it means to be an elderly person has changed and evolved over time. United Mission support makes possible a multi-faceted approach to elder ministry that encourages seniors’ abilities to live rich, full lives. “While still being mindful of and attentive to senior adults who are confined to their homes or care facilities, the region’s elder care ministries are expanding to help congregations develop new programs and ministries that engage elders in opportunities for authentic community, stimulating learning, and meaningful service, as well as to be proactive in helping individuals imagine and plan for living fully and faithfully during the third third of life.”
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