News from the Mag November 2021
Reverend Matthew Price
Vicar, St Mary Magdalene Church, Gorleston
I recently came across some research by the charity Age UK which has found that more than 2 million people in England over the age of 75 live alone, and more than a million older people say they go for over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour, or family member. Just pause and think about that for a moment – a month without speaking to anyone with whom you have a relationship. It may even be that as you are reading this, it is describing your situation
One of our initiatives at St Mary Magdalene which aims to try and combat this issue is Open House, which takes place on a Wednesday morning between 10am and 12 noon in our church building
Open House is held in the warm, light, welcoming environment of our carpeted church. It’s a quiet space that lends itself to listening, refreshments, and gentle arts, crafts, and activities. Anyone is welcome but we particularly want to welcome those who are older in years, who have memories to share and contributions to make, however big or small. We are drawing together a team of people who volunteer specifically to listen and provide informal care around the hot drinks, sweet treats, and light puzzles, jigsaw, or crafts
Maybe you could do with someone to talk to in the week or would enjoy offering a listening ear to others? Maybe you have a friend or spouse you could bring with you who would benefit from someone else hearing their memories for a change, or who would enjoy the supportive company of others?
Contact our lay minister, Mary Ives on mary.ives@ stmmgorleston.org.uk for details or call the Vicarage on 01493 494248
Or simply turn up via the main entrance to St Mary Magdalene, Magdalen Square. 9.30-10am Said Service of Holy Communion; 10-11.30am Open House Refreshments and Activities; 11.30-12noon Informal service of Midday Prayer around the tables
We’d really love to welcome you!
also published in the Gorleston Community Magazine
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