Ageing is the subject of this autumn’s Manna magazine. Our ageing population and the challenges of caring for the older members of our society are regularly covered in the media and in the church we devote much time and energy to attracting younger generations.
These are not issues to be ignored and we have not sought to present a purely rosy view of ageing, but we have taken time to reflect on the gifts those years can endow and question how the church can play its part in helping older people enjoy and explore life in all its fullness.
The importance of embracing the gifts of all ages are debated by contributors including Debbie Thrower, lay canon and broadcaster and Canon James Woodward, Principal of Sarum College and pioneer in the field of ageing and spirituality.
Parishioner Jean Kent shares her faith journey across her 94 years, while Bishop Peter and the team who joined him in his trip to Zambia, reflect on growing old in Zambia where the average life expectancy is 58 compared to 81 in the UK.
Make sure to pick your copy of Manna up from your local church or find it online for a thought provoking read, whatever stage of life you may be enjoying today.