While many older adults have a unique depth of perspective and experience when it comes to spiritual conversations, they also have a unique set of needs and challenges that can be fruitfully addressed given appropriate preparation. Strengthening the spirituality of older adults, who are often in positions of leadership in your parish, can help to strengthen the entirety of your parish.
This may also be an opportunity to capitalize on the many small groups that already exist within your parish– the Men’s Breakfast Club, or the Altar Guild, and transform them from primarily social groups to groups that have conversations about spirituality and God.
- Getting Small Groups Started
- Transforming Existing Small Groups into Faith-Based Small Groups
- Small Group Roles
- Training your Facilitators
- Facilitation Best Practices
- How to Run a Session
- Cheat Sheet for Different Learning Styles
- Logistics (Including best place and time for older adults)
- Pitfalls and Troubleshooting
- For Further Reading
- Large Print Journals
Seven-Week Small Group Model
This curriculum will guide you through discussions on the content of the prayer journal, focusing on the Brothers’ central question each week, but with some activities and questions modified for use by older adults. This curriculum can be used as a stand-alone curriculum, but it is our hope that participants will go deeper by working daily with the prayer journal.