For the fourth week of Lent, the video worship service theme is prayer. This nondenominational church service is suitable for older adults with Alzheimer’s and other dementias and includes lots of classic hymns and familiar forms, including the Lord’s Prayer (Our Father).
I can hardly believe it, but this week’s service marks my one-year point of making worship service videos in response to Covid-19 lockdowns. I clearly remember realizing that I had to do something, and fast, to provide weekly spiritual care during this significant time of year — Lent, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter.
To my astonishment, the Spiritual Eldercare YouTube channel now has:
- More than 50 full-length, dementia-friendly church services.
- 86 sing-along classic hymns and spirituals arranged for people with dementia (slower, shorter, and in a lower key, with easy-to-read lyrics).
- 20 sing-along Christmas carols arranged for people with dementia.
- Several special-event videos, such as a Communion service and a gospel music mini-concert.
As of today, the channel also has 560 subscribers — who represent hundreds more who actually view the services. And those subscribers only account for about 20% of the views!
I’ve gotten the most beautiful notes from people around the world who found the channel because they could no longer get out to church, or take their loved ones to church, or allow clergy into the building. I am humbled and grateful to God for this unexpected direction and blessing.
If you’re an activity director, volunteer, or other loving care partner who uses these videos, THANK YOU! You are my heroes, and I trust that God has and will continue to bless you richly for your loving service.
Starting next week: updated videos!
Now that I have a year’s worth of church services videos on the YouTube channel, I’m going to start updating them rather than recording brand-new ones. I’ll go through them to fix minor issues that arose from my initial lack of video know-how, but the content will remain basically the same.
This approach will, I hope, free up some time for me to start creating new Bible study guides for older adults with dementia — which are most-searched-for resources on the site — and to start in-person visits again (woo hoo!).
I’ll continue to post the updated videos every week. You may notice my shorter, pre-pandemic hair and my “old” office background, but I trust those won’t detract from the services themselves 🙂
I will also continue to make new videos as time permits (I’m planning on once a month), so please let me know if you have ideas or special requests.