Dementia & Spirituality

Date: 23rd September 2021

Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm

When? Thursday morning 23 September 2021 from 10am – 1pm (with breaks!)

Where? Zoom (link sent out ahead of the session)

Who? For the Diocese of Lichfield Dementia-Friendly Churches Network, led by Sarah Thorpe, Dementia-Friendly Church Enabler. If you are not in the Diocese of Lichfield, please speak to Sarah Thorpe before booking in to this session.

What? Training to equip us to use our Diocesan "Dementia-Friendly Churches Toolkit"

780,000 people across the country are living with dementia, many supported by family carers. Many people affected by dementia are part of their local church or faith community. How does our experience of dementia affect our faith?

"Dementia and Spirituality" has two aims:

  • To encourage you to have a conversation, ahead of the session, with someone in your church or community affected by dementia, asking them about spirituality/faith. In that conversation, explore whether and how their spirituality/faith has been shaped by their experience of dementia. Use this "Conversation Prompts" sheet for your conversation. And come to the Training Session with (one or more) direct quotations from the people you have listened to, ready to share these at the start of the session. It's good to hear people's own words: they have a powerful impact.
  • To try out together the "Dementia and Spirituality" videos which are part of our Diocese of Lichfield dementia-friendly churches toolkit, so that we equip participants to use these videos locally, with members of their church and community. The main part of the Training Session will be spent using these videos. We will watch them together in the session. And we will share time in breakout groups, reflecting on them. We'll finish the morning by looking at how we can use them effectively in our own churches and communities.

The Zoom link will be circulated a few days before the session.

This session is for the Diocese of Lichfield Dementia-Friendly Churches Network. If you are not in the Diocese of Lichfield, please speak to Sarah Thorpe before booking in to this session: sarah.thorpe@lichfield.anglican.org or 0798 224 8949.

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