Giving space for lamenting and celebrating
Reviewing the dementia-friendly churches network in 2021, hereâ€™s an overview, at head and heart level.
People affected by dementia live through unchosen challenges. Within our Diocese of Lichfield dementia-friendly churches network, we are focusing this autumn on three pictures that help us to see the bigger picture, noticing Godâ€™s presence as dementia progresses.
How does our experience of dementia affect our faith?
St David, the patron saint of Wales, recognised that small steps can make a massive difference.
How does our Diocese of Lichfield Dementia-Friendly Churches network fit in with our â€œShaping for Missionâ€ programme across our 28 deaneries and our Diocese of Lichfield?
At a recent dementia-friendly churches local network meeting, we shared personal experiences of dementia. What had been the impact for us? What had motivated us to continue to take action on dementia now?
â€˜Warm Welcomeâ€™ dementia is a group run by the churches in Newport for anyone living with dementia and memory problems. The group has been awarded a â€˜High Sheriff of Shropshireâ€™ Award, given to groups or individuals who have contributed to their local community.
Dementia-friendly Churches Enabler, Sarah Thorpe brings news from the eastern tip of the diocese
Celebration and lamentation in the dementia-friends community before Christmas
Bishop Michael Ipgrave, the Bishop of Lichfield, affirmed that he is â€œproud to be part of Diocese that takes Dementia-Friendly Church seriouslyâ€, when he spoke at our Dementia-Friendly Churches Zoom Training Day in October 2020.
Developing our Dementia-Friendly Churches Network
An occupational therapist recently asked me a really good question that got me thinking
No service plan should be expected to survive contact with the congregation...
Residential care homes involve a community of residents and relatives, and staff â€“ and Care home communities have been particularly impacted by Covid-19 restrictions.
There are care homes across the diocese and some of these have been particularly hard hit by the Coronavirus...
Challenge and change, conversations and connections
In summer 2018, I led a Dementia-Friendly Churches Training Day in Guernsey. Itâ€™s wonderful to hear from St Saviourâ€™s Church there about the next steps theyâ€™ve taken
More talk, more tables please!
Making sense of an upside-down world
Brave and foolish or a wasted time?
An open letter to those with a sacred vocation
Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself
Enlightening session at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
'Eliza Grey' play - helping your church and community to become more dementia-friendly
"All it takes to see we're still us"
Friendly staff in Shifnal
14-church landmark in Shropshire
Interview with the vicar, Revd Maureen Read
Jeremy Stretton is Dementia coordinator for a church in north Shropshire