Dementia-friendly church service: Creation

This week’s new video nondenominational worship service celebrates the Season of Creation. This liturgical observance starts on September 1 and ends on October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of ecology.

As always, this service is suitable for older adults with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Watch the 45-minute worship service on Creation here.

Background on the Season of Creation

I’ve always been something of an earth mama type, so I was glad to hear about this season that’s celebrated by numerous denominations worldwide (both Protestant and Catholic). As stated on the Season of Creation website, it’s “a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment together. During the Season of Creation, we join our sisters and brothers in the ecumenical family in prayer and action for our common home.”

The Season of Creation steering committee develops a new theme each year (see below). My challenge, however, was to create an “evergreen” service (not specific to a particular calendar year) that honors the theme of caring for God’s creation in a way that’s engaging and accessible for older adults with dementia.

I hope I met that goal! And I’m indebted to the excellent material freely offered on the Season of Creation website; I encourage you to check it out for more inspiration. Please post your own comments and suggestions below.

Peace be with you,

P.S. Here’s the written agenda for my dementia-friendly Season of Creation worship service.

P.P.S. The 2022 Season of Creation Celebration Guide (PDF) gives more details about this year’s theme, Listen to the Voice of Creation. If you’d like a dementia-friendly activity to go along with this service, you might try making burning bush luminaries (based on Exodus 3:1-12).

Photo by Louis Maniquet on Unsplash

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