Friday, July 8, 2011

Senior Adult Fellowship

Several years ago I felt the calling to volunteer to be one of the people to provide activities for the Senior Adult Fellowship in our church. I volunteered my husband also but he enjoys it as much as I do. I can't take credit for starting the Sunday evening time of food, fun and fellowship as we like to call it. Another man from our church started having them come for potluck and game night. They enjoyed that but the man had been in an accident a few years earlier and his health continued to deteriorate and was no longer able to continue. A year or so went by and my parents who were in the Senior Adult Fellowship had mentioned on occasion that they missed it. I started thinking about it and asked a couple of friends of ours if they would be interested in helping with it. They kindly said yes.

We got started with the 3 of us couples providing the main course and the others bringing salads and desserts. Mennonite women are known for their cooking at least that generation is and believe me they live up to that reputation.

We started just having game night but over the last 5-6 (lost count) years we have gone to wiener roasts at homes of the senior adults, cook outs with hayrides, several singing programs, movie nights and eating out together. One night they all brought baby pictures and tried to guess who everyone was. We have had nights of trivia that have been very interesting with people that are between the ages of 70 and 90.

They are so appreciative of anything and everything we do for and with them. We keep telling them we enjoy the evening as much as they do. We keep trying to come up with different things to do and keep them from getting bored so if you have anything that you think they would be interested in please let me know. We still have game nights with a variety of games or bingo with prizes that are all green for St Patties day or orange for Halloween etc.

Every Sunday evening when it is time to go home they come and say thank you! Many have told us that they hope there is someone to do this for us someday. Well that someday gets closer and closer to our age. You see the age for this group is 65 (I'm 64) to the oldest anybody can be and still come to enjoy the evening.

1 comment:

  1. Pat,

    What a lovely thing for you to do, but it doesn't surprise me that you adopted such a worthwhile project. That's the kind of person you are.

    One evening activity might be an armchair vacation. I'm sure the members of the group have been on some interesting trips over the years. They could bring pictures, slides or movies and talk about their travels.

    Fitness night might be another activity. Someone from a local gym or recreation center who has some expertise in exercises for senior citizens could teach them for you.