Study Day on Mission and Ministry with the over 65s

7th February 2018

The harvest is ripe for work with older people. The Office of National Statistics project that over the next two decades the numbers of over 65s will increase by 48% compared with just 3% among the 20-64 age range.

At this study day the Sheffield Diocesan Resource Group for Seniors will launch a new practical resource called “The Blessing of Ageing-Practical Ways of Working with the over 65s.”

The day is sponsored by the Diocesan Board of Faith and Justice and Sheffield Cathedral, and will include teaching from two key note speakers. The Revd. Canon Professor James Woodward will speak on the biblical principles of working with the over 65s. Dr Claire Gardiner will explore the medical and sociological aspects of ageing and loneliness and how to combat them.

A bookstall will be provided at this event. Payment by card, cheque or cash.

Keynote Speakers:

Revd Professor James Woodward is Principal of Sarum College. As a practical theologian his interests are in areas of health, healing and old age. James is the author of a number of publications including Valuing Age: Mission and Ministry among Older People.

Dr Claire Gardiner is Vice Chancellor’s Fellow of Sheffield University School of Nursing and Midwifery. Her research interests are in end of life care and ageing in older people and has written articles on social isolation and interventions to reduce loneliness in the elderly.

Suitable for...

The event is open to all, but parishes and Mission Partnerships will benefit most from the day if clergy can bring a small team of people who are willing to work together to develop this mission and ministry in their churches.




Sheffield Cathedral, S1 1HA


This event is free, refreshments are available and lunch can be pre-booked (£3 suggested voluntary contribution)

The option to pre-order a lunch when booking will only be available until the 25th January to allow the Cathedral time to organise this. Bookings to attend the event can still be made after this date (minus lunch) and people are welcome to bring their own lunch to the event. 

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Please note times of the Cathedral Services have been changed on this day for the benefit of those who may wish to attend before the study day. The amended times are;

Morning Prayer at 8.45

Cathedral Eucharist 9.15

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