Generations

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Intergenerational Week πŸ‘ΆπŸ‘§πŸ‘¨πŸ‘΅

With lots happening at the moment we haven't said much about it being National Intergenerational Week: a time to reflect on all that's good and beneficial about being community of different ages.
We're grateful to Ebenezer Methodist Church in Jersey who have written a prayer giving thanks for this, you might like to include it in your prayers over the weekend. Here it is:

Image may contain: one or more people, possible text that says 'Dear Lord, We are each different. Some of us older and others much younger ! Some of us like to spend our time playing with dinosaurs, others like playing with cards. Some of us like running, others like reading. Some of us like eating cookies, others like drinking tea We are different, but we're also alike. Thank you for bringing us together in your church. Amen'

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ARTICLE IN 'THE BUZZ 'ELECTRONIC PUBLICATION -FEB. 2020

LEARNING AND CARING 

Generations
Ebenezer Methodist Church, Jersey 

Ebenezer Methodist Church in Jersey is bringing together the eldest and youngest members of its congregation in a new club called ‘Generations’.

The idea was inspired by the Channel 4 television programme 'Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds' which examined the social and health benefits of the elderly making friends with the young.

The activities all have children in mind, however the older attendees are as excited to get involved and are often filled with feelings of nostalgia or eager to try something new.
Community lay worker, Amy Britton started the group to connect with the local community. She said the young are already making positive friendships with some of the older generation: "There's a young man called Ethan who is six and doesn't have elderly relatives. His mum was unsure if he would enjoy it but now he holds the most incredible conversations with people. I've seen mums brought to tears when they realise how much their children are giving, and getting back, from this relationship with the elderly people."

July 2019- Teddy Bear's picnic to celebrate our first school year of Generations. Started Autumn 2018, restarts Sept. 2019

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The following appeared in the below electronic newsletter regarding loneliness & appealing for new ideas to help those affected :

Methodist Children
and Youth

June/July 2019

THE WELL NEWS

                  PILOT GROUPS NEEDED

 

Methodist Children, Youth & Families is really excited to be partnering with MHA (formerly Methodist Homes for the Aged) to pilot a brand new intergenerational befriending scheme, under the Agents of Change banner. We are looking for a small number of children's, youth groups, families or congregations to help us pilot this brand new piece of work.

Could you, your family, your group or your congregation...

  • … organise an activity - such as crafts or a quiz - to run in an MHA home?
  • … send letters or cards as part of a pen pal scheme with MHA service users?
  • … volunteer to regularly visit an MHA home or sheltered accommodation and befriend residents?
  • … help to raise awareness locally about the need for befriending volunteers?
  • … or do something else that helps to build bridges between generations and tackle loneliness and isolation?

Want to be inspired?

Click here to read a lovely story from Ebenezer Methodist Church in Jerseywhere eldest and youngest members of the congregation are uniting in a new club, ‘Generations’.

 

If the answer is 'yes' or even 'maybe' then please email Lynne Norman to show an expression of interest and find out more!

 

 

 

GENERATIONS - This came about after Ebenezer’s Leadership Team had seen the  2018 -TV programme ‘Old People’s Home for 4 years old’ and a new series on Channel 4 which has just finished.
It was  an amazing experience for all those who took part, young and old alike and  with added proven health benefits..  
We have 10 children keen to meet our more senior folks from our island community, so if you know of any elderly people who would benefit from an afternoon  of fun, song and a cup of tea for a chat let Amy Britton know.
We are also well aware of loneliness amongst our elderly community , & we intend to reach out where we can.
It is recognised that 1 in 4 people suffer with loneliness in their later life. The UK government have recognised this need & in 2018 appointed a minister for loneliness.

BBC Radio Jersey came to our February 2019 session & made a recording, this can be heard by going to our ...LINKS.... tab , see below:   'GENERATIONS' interview Feb. 2019 
Interview at February 2019 session of 'Generations'. Interview played at 2:39:00 on Sunday 03/03/19. To hear click on the link below, then leave it & it will start to play automatically for you.(Or on the forward play button in the circle,then on volume slide bar until you get to 2hours39mins00seconds, & that's the start of the interview)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p070mk1z 

                                                         

Generations

Giving children and older people the opportunity to enjoy time together; forging friendships, learning from one another and making memories.

During each session all ages will enjoy games, puzzles, building, craft, colouring and conversation together as well having some light refreshments. We will then read a story and learn some songs.

Place: Ebenezer Methodist Church

Times: Arrive from  2.45 and finish at 4.30 pm

Dates: Thursdays: Usually 2nd Thursday  , term time only,  contact us for details.

…because there’s no feeling in the world quite like companionship.

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