“How To Prepare For A Great Old Age”

Louise MorseCome and hear Louise Morse speak on this subject on FRIDAY 4TH OCTOBER at 7.30pm in the main sanctuary.

Louise Morse, Dip.M., MA (CBT) is media and communications manager for the 206 year old Christian charity Pilgrims’ Friend Society. She is also a cognitive behavioural therapist and author of 3 books on dementia. She is a member of Victory Church, in South Wales.

Louise will be in Birmingham for a few days to lead a seminar at the Christian Resources Exhibition at the NEC and has kindly agreed to come and speak at St John’s while she is here.

Here are some details to give you a flavour:

‘John Stott said, “I knew I had to prepare for eternity, but no-one told me I had to prepare for being old.”

Billy Graham, said, “All my life I was taught how to die as a Christian, but no one ever taught me how I ought to live in the years before I die. … It is not easy.”

These exemplary leaders illustrate the importance of preparing for old age, but it is something we are rarely taught in our churches, although all we need is in the Scriptures. And the quality of life for older Christians can vary widely, from miserable and full of regret to fulfilled and contented.

In her work as a writer and cognitive behavioural therapist, Louise has interviewed hundreds of people, some aged well over 100. Their life circumstances and state of health varied considerably, but despite their circumstances the most contented, and ‘effective’ were those who had discovered the ‘open secret’ to life that is described in the Bible.

Louise looks at this ‘secret’ and how we can unpack it in practical terms and apply it to our thinking and our lives. It can be a process, or pathway that prepares us cognitively, emotionally and spiritually for old age. And if not already on the pathway, the time to start is RIGHT NOW.’

All are welcome to come – whether you want to think through the issues for your own life or in the context of ministering to/among older people. If you know of anyone who would like to attend, feel free to invite them. However, for catering purposes, it would be helpful to have a rough idea of numbers, so please email Catriona if you plan to come.

The plan for the evening would be a half hour talk followed by tea/coffee break followed by another half hour talk. We will start at 7.30 pm.

12th Sep 2013 Posted in: News by Fran Varley 0

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