Older Adult Recognition Sunday

An Older Adult Recognition Sunday provides the opportunity for a congregation to celebrate the gifts and contributions of older adults, to honor the traditions and legacy of our elders. This Sunday should also call the church to action in addressing the needs of older adults in the congregation and community.

There are many times when a service of recognition of this type may be held. A few suggestions include:

  • During the month of May which is recognized as Older Americans Month by the U.S. Administration on Aging and Adult Abuse Prevention Month.

  • The first Sunday in May which in the Virginia Conference is designated “Older Adult Sunday.”

  • The Sunday following Labor Day which is recognized as Grandparents’ Day.

  • During the month of November which is recognized as National Family Caregivers Month by the U.S. Administration on Aging.

  • In conjunction with United Methodist Women’s or Men’s recognition services.

A Sunday set aside to recognize older adults gives every congregation the opportunity to challenge our inclusion of all persons into the full life of the church. This can be a time when older adults can offer their gifts and graces to the congregation and to God as participants, liturgists and leaders in this celebration.

As you celebrate this special Sunday, let it be an opportunity for the congregation to focus on the needs of older adults. Use it as a time to address the accessibility of the church buildings, to look more closely at programs and ministries, and to listen…to listen to the voices of the older adults as they share their dreams and visions for the church as well as their experiences along their spiritual journeys.

General Board of Church and Society Bulletin Insert (pdf)


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