We have a special concern for older people at St Leonard’s. There are several ways in which we offer support.
St Leonard’s Seniors (pastoral care)
Older people often find themselves feeling isolated or unable to manage as they used to. We have a wonderful group of volunteers who keep a special eye out for those in the congregation who might be in need for support. They arrange home visits and ensure that the clergy team are aware of any need as it arises. Home communion and hospital visits are offered and through the Henry Smith fund we can ensure the less mobile and isolated members can access taxi rides to church and church events.
The Freedom Club (fun and friendship)
If you have your Freedom Pass then you qualify!
The Club is a group for those who have acquired their Freedom Pass, and meets for worship and fellowship every two months from 12.30-3pm. There is always a Communion service (said) followed by a light lunch and either a talk or discussion activity. The group has an annual outing in the summer. New members are always welcome.
Streatham Senior Connections (community and ecumenical)
Streatham Senior Connections is a group of volunteers that organises activities to support the wellbeing of older people in Streatham. We are particularly proud of our annual ‘Holiday at Home’, enabling older members of our community who may not enjoy a holiday to experience one ‘at home in Streatham’. Over four days there is a range of social activities in Streatham for people aged 65 plus, including: making new friends, talks, games, gentle exercise, flower arranging, crafts, lunch and refreshments, and celebration tea with entertainment on the final day. The committee is growing to include more local churches and now has members from Streatham Methodist Church, Immanuel and St Andrew’s, and St Peter’s.
To find out more about the Streatham Senior Connections, contact Frances Newell.
Mindful Movement (body, mind and spirit)
Through our links with Streatham Senior Connections we host sessions that aim to create and sustain balance and harmony at all levels of our being: body, mind, emotions and spirit. We aim to make the classes accessible for all, and they can be done entirely seated or standing in parts. The sessions are led by trained yoga teachers drawing on a wide range of movement traditions including yoga and Tai Chi. There is no charge. Instead, at each course the participants decide on a charity they would like to support. Afterwards all participants are invited for light refreshments.
We meet four or five times a year for a course of six sessions. We meet on Monday afternoons at 1.30pm at St Leonard’s Church.
For further information about our sessions, contact Oona Emerson.