Useful Resources

The resources below may be useful in developing more understanding about the experience of dementia and the implications for churches. This is by no means exhaustive and if you know of anything else please get in touch.


Methodist Homes Association (MHA): The MHA have a series of useful and free to download resouces available at Amongst others these include booklets on Worship and Dementia. You will be asked to complete a contact form before being able to access the booklets.

The Christian Council on Aging (CCOA) have a dementia sub-group which aim to raise the profile of dementia and faith. They have a twice yearly publication which is included in the annual membership. For more information go to

Livability ( have developed an extensive range of resources to suppport churches in becoming dementia friendly. These include training as well as a series of free checklists for auditing how dementia friendly your church is. These can be found on or by downloading their Developing Dementia Friendly Churches: A Practial Guide

Pilgrims Friend Society

The Leveson Centre

The Outlook Trust

Pastoral Action for Residential Care Homes for the Elderly (PARCHE)

Faith in Older People are a scotttish organisation. The website contains some useful articles on spirituality and dementia. This can be found on

The Alzheimer's Society website ( provides access to a wide range of information about dementia.

The Alzheimer's Society have recently launched an online services directory on their website at . To raise the profile of their services, local authorities, charities and other organisations are able to list their services on Dementia Connect for free.

The Dementia Action Alliance - Details on local Dementia Action Alliances in Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster and Barnsley can be found on the DAA website.

Faith Action have a useful website with lots of information around dementia.

Books and journals

More useful publications following this link

A Dementia Handbook has recently been put together from across various anglican organisations which contains reference to some fantastic resources.

Local training

The Alzheimer's Society can provide a range of workshops and awareness sessions for people with and without dementia as well as those caring for someone with dementia.

Several members of the South Yorkshire Churches Dementia Group are Dementia Champions and are able to deliver a one hour Dementia Information Session as part of the Alzheimer's Society Dementia Friends initiative.

We are currently in the process of developing a one day workshop on Dementia, Faith and Growing Dementia Friendly Churches. We hope to roll this out over the next year.

Reminiscence materials at Church House

There are a range of materials available to borrow from Church House, Rotherham. These can be used to support different forms of ministry for people with dementia, such as church or care home services, bible studies or community outreach such as dementia cafés. For example, magnetic fish games can be usefully tied in to themes around loafs and fish, fishers of men etc. Aquapaint sets such The Seasons can be used to stimulate discussion around God’s creation, especially if partnered with the books on animals and the traditional touch and tweet toys bird - Be as creative as possible and please feedback to us your experiences of using the materials. There are also various books that provide ideas around developing dementia friendly churches and delivering dementia friendly services. Click here to view the catalogue.

To book these materials for use, contact the Diocesan Resources Centre.

Further resources

'In a Strange Land' : An essay by Rev Malcom Goldsmith

Calvin College (U.S) have published a manual for running a series of care home services following the theme of God's Promises (Evening Star Project). A summary of this can also be accessed (care home service).

Prayers for those with dementia

Memorable moments of ministry




Do they know of your miracles or your saving power in the dark world below where all is forgotten (Psalm 88:12)

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27)

Do not be afraid or discouraged for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail your nor abandon you (Deuteronomy 31:8)

I will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13: 5-6)

Behold I am with you always, to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20)

If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me and your strength will support me (Psalm 139)

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present not the futures nor any powers, neither height nor depth (nor dementia) nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38)

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18)

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls (Matthew 11:28-29)

I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you (Genesis 28:15)

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us (1 John 5:14)

The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. The LORD protects the simple-hearted; when I was in great need, he saved me (Psalm 116:5-6)

In my alarm I said, "I am cut off from your sight!" Yet you heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help (Psalm 31:22)

For your Father knows what you need before you ask him (Matthew 6:8)

Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory (Psalm 73:23-24)

Can a woman forget her nursing child And have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you. Behold I have engraved you on the palms of my hands (Isaiah 49:16)

Local Services

Sheffield Alzheimer's Society

Address: Rooms F1-F6/S1, Venture House, 105 Arundel Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 2NT

Phone: 01142 768 414



Doncaster and Rotherham Alzheimer's Society

Address: Mexborough Business Centre, College Rd, Mexbrough, South Yorkshire, S64 9JP

Phone: 01709 580543



Barnsley Alzheimer's Society

Address: 5 Doncaster Road, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 1TH

Phone: 01226 296 301



Sue Ryder


The Herbert Protocol is a process which allows people to complete a form which provides information about a person for use in the event that they may be reported to the police as ‘missing’. The information contained will inform the police search and seeks to allow the rapid and safe return of people to their home. The form can be provided by either South Yorkshire Police or Alzheimer's Society during home visits and at memory cafe events. If someone you know has gone missing please contact the emergency services on 999 or if you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired use 999 SMS. Important: you will only be able to use this service if you have registered with Emergency SMS first. To register text 'register' to 999.