Older Adults

Faith Stories
Garden girl Julia Eskridge shows off some of her gourds. During the COVID pandemic, visits to church members and neighbors often took place outside the front door. Photos courtesy of Kay Eskridge.

‘Garden girl’ brings joy, veggies to homebound

Visiting homebound church members may not be a popular pastime for most kids, but 7-year-old Julia Eskridge has been doing it since she was only 2. In the summer, she takes flowers and bags of produce grown in the family’s garden to those she visits.
Faith Stories
Elizabeth Shulman’s book, “Finding Sanctuary in the Midst of Alzheimer’s,” offers insights on how congregations can minister to people who are caregivers for family members suffering from dementia. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Shulman.

Book aims to help dementia caregivers cope

A new book by a former United Methodist pastor and health care chaplain offers group exercises to empower caregivers and to help congregations be in ministry with them.
Mission and Ministry
Barbara Dunlap-Berg. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Stop yelling! I still can’t hear you!

As mask-wearing during the pandemic challenges communication, churches help people adapt via online opportunities.

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