Worship Services

READ THESE FIRST:

Why — and How — to Lead a Memory-Care Worship Service

SEC Worship Services: FAQ and Best Practices

Advent and Christmas

Church celebrations for elders with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, from the first Sunday of Advent through Christmas Eve and Epiphany.

Hymns and Services on YouTube

Videos of 80+ dementia-friendly hymns with lyrics, plus numerous, full-length nondenominational church services.

Large-Print Hymnals

Ready-to-print, large-font songbooks for the classic hymns and spirituals, with or without page numbers.

Lent and Easter

Services from Ash Wednesday through Easter and Pentecost, designed especially for elders with dementia.

Themes

Numerous nondenominational services on biblical themes such as loyalty, friendship, wisdom, faith, and family.

U.S. Holidays

Church services related to federal and common holidays, such as Mother’s and Father’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day.

Browse Services Alphabetically

Abide

Advent 1: Hope

Advent 2: Love

Advent 3: Joy

Advent 4: Peace

Advent: Christmas Eve

Advent 5: New Year’s Eve

Advent: Epiphany (Gifts)

All Saints Day

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday Preparation (if not celebrating on Wednesday)

Baptism/Water

Beauty

Blessing

Community

Compassion (Mother Teresa’s birthday, Aug. 26)

Courage

Dignity (Black History Month)

Discovery (Columbus Day / Indigenous People’s Day)

Easter

Faith

Family

Father’s Day

Friendship

Generosity

Golden Rule

Good Friday

Gratitude (Thanksgiving)

Honor (Veterans’ Day)

Hope

Hospitality

July 4 (Security; U.S. Independence Day)

Justice (Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday)

Lament

Lent 1: Repentance and Forgiveness

Lent 2: Humility

Lent 3: Charity

Lent 4: Prayer

Lent 5: Grace

Love (Valentine’s Day)

Loyalty

Memorial Day (Sacrifice)

Mercy

Mother’s Day

Palm Sunday

Patience

Peace

Pentecost

Security (July 4, U.S. Independence Day)

Service (Christ the King Sunday)

Suffering

Thanksgiving

Transformation (Transfiguration Sunday)

Treasure (Chinese New Year 2021)

Unity

Wisdom

Work (Labor Day)

Nondenominational Worship Service: Items You May Want to Use

Links below are simply to give you an idea of what I’m talking about; I am not endorsing any particular brand or product.

  • Raised bedside table to serve as an “altar.”
  • Colored cloth (to cover the table) that corresponds to a liturgical calendar; typically, that means green for Ordinary Time, white or purple for Christmas, purple or red for Lent, and so on.
  • Freestanding, unbreakable cross (i.e., metal or wood).
  • Traditional-looking Bible.
  • Electric candles (I use votive size so they don’t overwhelm the table).
  • Bluetooth speaker to amplify the hymn recordings (I have the recordings on my iPhone).
  • Copies of lyrics to create a songbook for whatever hymns you choose.
  • Small singing bowl for end of service (closing blessing).