Older People

We consider older people to be a gift to church and society; repositories of experience, stories and wisdom, active in mission and ministry. We also recognise that, as we grow older, we become more frail, and not always able to participate in church life when this is overly ‘activist’. We support a church where the discipleship journey and spiritual needs and gifts of older people are valued and developed, and where intergenerational activities enable the whole people of God to connect and learn as one community.


Loving Later Life: An Ethics of Ageing — blog by James Woodward.

Spirituality and Ageing — resource list by James Woodward.

BRF Bible Reading Reflections for Older People

The Spiritual Dimension of Ageing, by Elizabeth MacKinlay

Valuing Age by James Woodward — pastoral Ministry With Older People

Find out more

MHA — the Methodist resource for living later life well.

Christians on Ageing — an ecumenical resource for activity and reflection.

Faith in Older People (FiOP) — enabling a better understanding of the spiritual dimension of older people’s wellbeing.

BRF’s ‘Gift of Years’ initiatives, focusing on the spiritual needs of older people, for example Messy Vintage

Anna Chaplaincy

Age UK — supporting older people in diverse ways in the community, with branches in each county of the Diocese.

Contact Us

Alison Webster: alison.webster@oxford.anglican.org