Every stage of life brings new challenges and opportunities. Historically, the church has been better at supporting young families and those entering the later stages of life than it has been at supporting those beginning to approach or enter retirement. Some people have asked, “What does the church do for us at our stage?”
I hope the "Second Half Living" seminar that we’re putting on will begin to answer that question. I’m delighted that Martin Cooper is coming to share with us. I’ve known Martin for several years; in fact, he mentors me informally. He and his wife Marion have worked hard over recent years developing materials to help Christians aged 50-early 70s to think about life and Christian service at this stage of life – called “Second half living”. He firmly believes that “the second half of your life can be the greater of the two halves” – and I’ve seen him put that into practise.
Martin will lead a one-off seminar on Wednesday 17th May, 7.45pm – 9.45pm at St James’ by the Park. I’m sure it will be a thought-provoking and enormously helpful seminar. There’s a possibility of doing the full “Second half living” course at some later point if enough people are interested – but by coming to this one-off seminar, you wouldn’t be making any commitments about that.
To help us prepare enough materials, please register. The event is free.
Someone commented to me the other day that they’d “definitely entered the Autumn season” of their life. As we know, Autumn can be the most glorious of seasons. I hope you’ll be able to come to this seminar, and pray that it will help many people make the Autumn of their lives even more glorious.
Dan and co.
Dan is vicar of St James' by the Park. Some blog posts are by him; others are by members of the congregation - with one or two guest posts thrown in for good measure!