Church at 3
A dementia-friendly service at St Andrew's, 3.00pm.
Dates for 2019: 20 January; 17 February (further dates to be confirmed)
Church at 3: a short service, followed by afternoon tea
Church at 3 is a service for everyone but has been structured so that people living with dementia will feel comfortable, welcomed and part of the worship.
Started in 2016, Church at 3 attracts between 10-30 people. A mix of folk attend, including those who are not affected by dementia, those who are living independently with dementia and those who need ongoing support.
For those with a church background the format is very recognisable. The service lasts approximately 30 minutes and includes the singing of two traditional hymns, a time of quiet, some prayers, including the Our Father, and a short talk with some visual prompts. Our vicar, Alan Stewart, leads the service.
"A time of quiet, a service where they feel safe"
You do not need to have been to church before and you decide how much you want to participate or not. People who attend talk about treasuring the service as a time of quiet, a service where they feel safe, without feeling selfconscious or anxious. Some people who are finding it increasingly difficult to talk have found that the words of the prayers and hymns come back to them; others are happier to sit and listen. It is a service that people living with dementia can share and participate in with their family, friends and carers.
If you would like further information please contact:
Rev. Alan Stewart: 01992 582726
Photo credit: Sharon Struckman-Russell