Bishop Auckland Methodist Church

Eco Church the next steps…

Rev John invites all who are interested to come and join him in the church garden on Wednesday morning to see what we might do next. He says on the Great Big Green Week webpage:

“Autumn 2020 we [Bishop Auckland Methodist Church] achieved an Eco Church bronze award, this autumn we want to take the practical steps to achieve a silver award. The morning will look at steps to increase biodiversity in the church garden and grounds, and bring an enhanced green space to the growing network of green spaces on Cockton Hill Road. Do come along on Wednesday between 11.30 and 1pm to share your creative green ideas.”

Big Green Week

Meaningful Ageing Course

Sign up NOW for Sep-Nov Meaningful Ageing Course in building at Woodhouse Close Church and Community Centre or remotely via Zoom.

8 weeks in Sept-Nov for 2 hours per week

Thu eve 7-9pm at Woodhouse Close Church Community Centre

       and on Zoom – participants welcome either in building or remotely

Please can you pass this information onto anyone who you think may benefit from or be interested in this course.  It is especially appropriate to those working in a care setting, but also for anyone who interacts with those struggling with the ageing process in a professional or a personal capacity.
It has also been beneficial for those struggling with the ageing process themselves.
Those who have done the course previously have spoken highly of its benefits. 

23rd Sept ‘Understanding the Ageing Journey’
30th Sept ‘Spirituality in Ageing’,
7th Oct ‘Good Communication’
14th Oct ‘The Power of Storytelling’
21st Oct ‘Dementia’
28th Oct ‘A New Home and a New Way of Life’
*4th Nov ‘Loss, Grief, Death and Dying’,
*11th Nov ‘Roles, Boundaries and Self-Care’

This course is funded by Gaunless Gateway and is free to all participants.
If they contact us in advance, there is a free course workbook that goes with the course and we will get it to participants if possible in advance of the first session.

Video Trailer for Course

Kindness, Compassion and Respect

Meaningful Ageing works to enable those who are supporting older people to be their best selves. There is a wide range of practical resources for organisations to develop and support capability in emotional support for older people. This includes building empathy, kindness, compassion and respect. All of these are fundamental to contemporary spiritual care.

Spiritual Care

Spiritual care in its widest sense which the course embraces, looks at giving purpose, meaning and value to the lives of those in the ageing process.  All of us are ageing and we should hold spiritual care and ageing in high regard, not just content to care about the medical / physical needs but to appreciate the spiritual life and changing needs as we age. Spirituality is about what gives us a purpose to our lives. It is about our sources of meaning and hope, which in turn is closely related to our connectedness to ourselves, to others and to the world. And the good news is, as we age, and as we decline mentally and physically that does not mean a spiritual decline. In fact, with advanced years, greater life experiences, and a history of spiritual lessons under our belt, we can have a healthier spiritual life than when we are younger.

Is this for me?

Are you ageing? – then yes, it’s for you. Are you caring for a loved one who is ageing and struggling with what it all means? – then yes, it’s for you. Do you visit and/or care for those who are ageing in a community or family setting or have a role in church or community where you meet older people and want to offer the best love and care? – then yes, it’s for you.

Sign up

To book your place or find out more
contact Rev John Purdy on 01388 603142
or use the contact form to contact him and book your place.

It is with sadness…

It is with sadness that we hear of the deaths of Eileen Dixon and Bill Suddes.

As a church family we hold Milton and his sons and Ruth and her son, Christopher, in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

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