A Year's Worth of Worship Services for Elders with Dementia

I’m a few weeks late in getting this posted, but here’s my lineup of nondenominational worship service themes for every Sunday of 2020. As usual, all are designed specifically for seniors living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. (Learn more about why and how to lead a memory-care worship service.)

To make this list, I started by slotting in services that correspond to specific dates: traditional church holidays and seasons (for example, Lent, Pentecost, All Saints Day); common holidays (Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day); and federal holidays (Memorial Day, Labor Day). Then I filled in with general themes, such as Wisdom, Beauty, etc.

Please note that I’m in the process of updating each and every one of these services to correspond with my finished hymn downloads and hymnal. I’ll link the updated versions to this list as I go.

Sunday Theme
5-Jan-20Epiphany: Gifts
12-Jan-20Jesus’ Baptism: Water
19-Jan-20Martin Luther King, Jr.: Justice
26-Jan-20Lunar New Year: Treasure
2-Feb-20Beauty
9-Feb-20Hospitality
16-Feb-20Valentines Day: Love
23-Feb-20Ash Wednesday Prep (use this if not doing an Ash Wednesday service)
Weds 26-Feb-20Ash Wednesday
1-Mar-20Lent 1: Repentance
8-Mar-20Lent 2: Humility
15-Mar-20Lent 3: Charity
22-Mar-20 Lent 4: Prayer
29-Mar-20Lent 5: Grace
5-Apr-20Palm Sunday
Fri 10-Apr-20Good Friday
12-Apr-20Easter
19-Apr-20Abiding
26-Apr-20Friendship
3-May-20Patience
10-May-20Mother’s Day
17-May-20Hope
24-May-20Memorial Day: Sacrifice
31-May-20Pentecost
7-Jun-20Loyalty, Faithfulness
14-Jun-20 Peace
21-Jun-20Father’s Day
28-Jun-20Mercy, Forgiveness
5-Jul-20Independence Day: Security
12-Jul-20Wisdom
19-Jul-20Mystery
26-Jul-20Golden Rule
2-Aug-20Family
9-Aug-20Transfiguration (Aug. 6)
16-Aug-20Creativity
23-Aug-20Faith
30-Aug-20Mother Teresa: Compassion
6-Sep-20Labor Day: Work
13-Sep-20Suffering
20-Sep-20Courage
27-Sep-20Community
4-Oct-20Blessing
11-Oct-20Discovery
18-Oct-20Generosity
25-Oct-20Unity
1-Nov-20All Saint’s Day
8-Nov-20Veterans Day (Nov. 11): Honor
15-Nov-20Christ the King (Nov. 22): Service
22-Nov-20Thanksgiving (Nov. 26): Gratitude
29-Nov-20Advent 1: Hope
6-Dec-20Advent 2: Love
13-Dec-20Advent 3: Joy
20-Dec-20Advent 4: Peace
27-Dec-20(Christmas Eve: Light)

Of course, you’re free to use whatever them you like on any day you like! (I conduct services on Fridays as well as Sundays.)

If you have ideas for topics, I’d love to hear ’em, so let me know in the comments below.

Peace be with you,

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12 thoughts on “A Year's Worth of Worship Services for Elders with Dementia

  1. Steve Bosley says:

    Where do you hold these services Steve

    On Tue, Jan 21, 2020 at 9:16 AM Spiritual Eldercare wrote:

    > Elisa Bosley posted: ” I’m a few weeks late in getting this posted, but > here’s my lineup of nondenominational worship service themes for every > Sunday of 2020. As usual, all are designed specifically for seniors living > with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. (Learn more about why” >

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    • Elisa Bosley says:

      At the moment I provide services (all in Colorado) at:
      MorningStar Boulder, Fridays, 10:30am
      The Peaks at Old Laramie Trail, Lafayette, Fridays, 1:30pm
      Balfour Cherrywood, Louisville, Sundays 1:30pm
      I’ll be at these places unless I’m sick or out of town, but it’s best to call them to be sure 🙂

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  2. Donna Lee ARMSTRONG says:

    Hi, Elisa, my called-name is actually Lee Hollingshed-I never changed my email address after I re-married, and have never liked my first name, Donna.  I only have a minute, which is why I didn’t respond to your first email asking if I needed you to help me with my services.  I have two close family members with dementia, and I am an ordained minister in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, ministering to a group of men with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  I have to run now and take my MIL to town for groceries and lunch with her brother, but I did want to take a minute to let you know I appreciate what you do, and really appreciate your “lectionary” below. Grace and Blessings, Rev. Mrs. Lee Hollingshed (or just Lee)

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  3. Hilya Persaud says:

    Dear Elisa, thank you for a much needed and appreciated resource. I served as a Chaplain in a long term care home in 2018, and I was so pleased to discover the many hymns you made available. Since then, I have downloaded ghe hymns on my phone and use them for visits, worship services, and even for a funeral two weeks ago. I pray God’s blessings for you and your family …may you continue to be a blessing to others, through Jesus Christ.

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