Celebrate the second half of life, say Churches
11 November 2014
• Order Seasons of My Soul
In today's society, growing older is often seen as a reason for
sadness or regret. But the Church of England and the Methodist
Church have published a new resource which urges Christians to
celebrate and affirm the 'second half of life'.
Through creative discussion material Seasons of My Soul offers
people a chance to explore and share with one another key aspects
of their lives and experiences. It focuses on eight themes for
discussion; identity, memories, transition times, wisdom, roles and
relationships, forgiveness and reconciliation, death and dying, and
the celebration of life.
"As I approach retirement, I become ever more conscious of the
importance of Christians having constructive conversations about
this potentially creative stage of life," said the Rt Revd John
Pritchard, Bishop of Oxford. "This invaluable resource could help
turn the tide in enabling creative discussion about the second half
of life - or, in my case, even the last third!"
"Often when we talk about the demographic of church attendance, we
concern ourselves more with those who are not within our church
communities than with celebrating and resourcing those who are,"
added Doug Swanney, Connexional Secretary for the Methodist Church.
"Seasons of My Soul is a creative way of redressing this balance.
It offers us an opportunity to explore themes which can often be
avoided but which, when unpacked, can lead to the most amazing
possibilities for us all."
The resource's themes are opened up for discussion and exploration
using interactive conversation tools, Bible texts, creative
activities, social action topics, prayer and worship. It contains
facilitator guidance and helpful templates to accompany each
session. The book can be purchased at the price of £8.99 (plus
p&p) from Methodist Publishing online
here or by calling 0845 017 8220.