As we read Acts 2:17, we can see God’s plan for the Family of God: “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young will see visions. Your elders will dream dreams.”
May is Older Adult Month in The United Methodist Church. It is a time to celebrate the gifts of God. In April 2008, the General Conference adopted legislation to celebrate Older Adult Sunday. It is a Sunday, May 4 this year, to show appreciation and support for older adults who continue to strengthen the church.
Older Adults have wisdom, faith, experience, valuable time, resources and hospitality. They have lived the life and they have dreamed the dreams of the church. Older adults have a love for the young. They know the names and activities of the children and youth in the church. They wish to leave a legacy for the young. The Older adults have a renewed vigor for the church. They are the largest population group in the church.
New seniors have goals they want to accomplish for God. They are self-confident, in good health and personally productive. As Charles Arm says, older adults want to spend time with others who share common interests. As a church, let’s let them out of the box of “old age.”
The Indiana Conference Older Adult Ministry Team encourages each congregation to include Older Adult Recognition Sunday, May 4 (or another Sunday) into your plans. This year’s theme is “Well Being In Christ.”
The Scripture reference is John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives.” Scripture promises include: Honor and respect in Proverbs 23:22, Wisdom in Job 32:7 and Strength in Psalm 71:18.
More information about Older Adult Ministry Sunday can be found online at www.gbod.org/minister-to-people/older-adult-ministries.
For more information, contact Ann Stant, chairwoman of the Indiana Older Adult Ministries Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.