At Trinity Lutheran Church in Mission and Shawnee, Kansas, we have started an Older Adult Ministry focused on the spiritual, health, and resource care of older adults. Trinity has a growing number of members who are living longer and trying to live active and useful lives. In the 1950s the Lutheran Church saw and acted upon a need to provide dedicated leadership in ministering to our youth. At Trinity we are trying to take that model and make an added emphasis on older adults.
Our approach is three pronged. We look to the spiritual well being of our members and community with Bible classes, involvement in worship services, service projects, and calls on the homebound. We look to your health needs by offering experts on issues such as Alzheimer’s disease, housing choices when it is time to leave your home, home safety and security, and county programs aimed specifically at assisting older adults. We try to help with resource and legal issues, offering talks about wills, trusts, and advance directives, and speakers from the Social Security Administration.
In addition we offer fun activities such as a presentation of a Martin Luther one-man play and sponsoring a bus to a performance of Handel’s Messiah. We also offer to our older members the opportunity to leave a video record of their faith journey with our Legacy talks.
We believe that God’s children are created for the honorable purpose of serving our great Triune God. What we are able to do physically may change, but as God’s children we still have the calling to serve. It is important that our churches find opportunities to do the Spirit’s work. Age should not change who we are and our desire to discern His will. It is always an honor to serve Him.
- Regular Sunday morning Bible Classes
- 50+ Bible Study on Wednesdays at 10:15am, September through May
- Worship service involvement
- Service projects
- Legacy talks
Health and Wellbeing
Trinity offers a monthly speaker series that provides helpful information on topics relevant to older adults, including:
- Housing choices
- Safety and security
- County services
- Health issues
Come and have fun with our Seniors! Fellowship is our forte! Through the Older Adult Ministry and the 50+ Bible study group, there are parties throughout the year, special guest entertainers, and bus trips to events.
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As you age you gain life experiences that you may wish to share with others. The Legacy project being offered by the Older Adult Ministry will give older adults a vehicle to accomplish this. Legacy interviews are approximately 20 minutes in length, facilitated by an interviewer, which will provide you with a vehicle to record your life of faith and faith stories, lessons and views, to be given to family and loved ones. Faith stories will be recorded on a DVD and then given to you.
The Legacy project is designed not to give a biography of your life, but to offer insights as to what makes you unique, offering a deeper understanding of who you are and whose you are. Biographical stories will undoubtedly come into play but should be given as support to what has caused you to believe what you do and how that has materialized in your life. With some preparation, the interview can aid you in reviewing your life and evaluating where you are in your faith walk. It can also aid our church members in knowing each other better. The Legacy diary is similar in purpose to the Legacy interviews. There are things you can do in written form that time constraints may limit in the recorded interview. There is no length restrictions to the diary. It may also be possible to include a few photographs.
Leave your legacy. Tell your loved ones who you are and whose you are.
Trinity Older Adult Ministry is providing a unique service to older adults: recording your faith legacy for loved ones. Interested people can record their thoughts in the form of a 20-minute video. You are also invited to write a diary of your faith journey, which Trinity will produce. Either or both are available to Trinity older adults.
You are welcome to make your own questions as long as they pertain to you and your faith journey. The following are possible questions to be used. Try to budget your time so that you can be sure to have a recording that gives the message you want to send. Life experiences can be helpful but don’t let them take up all your time. Grab a sheet of paper and jot down some notes.
- How did you come to your Christian faith? As a child? As an adult? Through marriage? Other? Explain.
- Was there anyone or any institution that was especially instrumental in you becoming a Christian?
- How would you explain the essence of your faith to your loved ones?
- How has your faith been important in your life? Perhaps a few examples would be good.
- In what ways do you feel God has made good use of you?
- Tell of an especially moving or life changing moment in which faith played an important role.
- What is the message you would like your loved ones to remember from this talk?
Those writing the diary will be responsible for the final written and edited text put in an electronic document that can be sent to the church office. Trinity staff will not be responsible for editing the copy. We encourage family members to share in the writing of these diaries for those who consider this a challenge. It can serve as an additional bonding time. In some cases it may be possible to include a few photographs. Trinity will take it from there. There is a minimal cost for the booklet to cover paper and printing expenses. We expect that to be less than $2 per copy. You may have as many copies as you like. The questions provided for the Legacy interview may be used a guide for your diary. Enjoy reviewing your journey.
You will receive a DVD of your interview with rights to make as many copies as you wish for loved ones. You may receive as many copies of your diary as you wish.
The cost for the DVD is completely free. Free will donations to offset costs are always accepted. The cost of the diary is minimal and less than $2 per booklet.
Interviews will be approximately 20 minutes long and will be facilitated by an interviewer. There is no limit to the length of the diary.