People from around the Harrogate Deanery came to explore our new Guide for parishes this week at St Mary’s in Knaresborough.
The evening started with an introduction about this gift of years we have now – as people are living longer – and went on to think about what we mean by later life friendly and what sort of practical things might a parish do.
There was a short Quiz to help everyone think about God’s gift of age, and everyone got a little reward to celebrate being a bit more of a ‘smartie’!
Rachel from Growing Old Grace-fully outlined some of the small things parishes are already doing that help to make a parish more later life friendly. Peter from Catholic Care talked about some of the Activity Groups Catholic Care are running in our Diocese and what a difference they make, not just for the older people involved, but for the whole parish.
Thank you to everyone who came, despite the rain!, and to Fr William and St Mary’s parish for hosting this event.