Worship Services

READ THESE FIRST

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

SEC Worship Services: FAQ and Best Practices

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 for Christmas, purple for Lent, and so on
  • Freestanding, unbreakable cross (i.e., metal or wood)
  • Traditional-looking Bible
  • Electric candles (any size)
  • Small singing bowl for end of service (closing blessing)
  • Worship Service Hymnal (for use with SEC services)

Advent and Christmas

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

Holidays

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

Lent and Easter

Services from Ash Wednesday through Easter and Pentecost, designed for elders with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Themes

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

Browse Services Alphabetically

Abide

Advent 1: Hope

Advent 2: Love

Advent 3: Joy

Advent 4: Peace

Ash Wednesday

Christmas Eve

Community

Compassion (Mother Teresa)

Courage

Baptism/Water

Beauty

Blessing

Discovery (Columbus Day / Indigenous People’s Day)

Easter

Father’s Day

Faith

Family

Friendship

Generosity

Golden Rule

Good Friday

Hope

July 4 (Independence Day)

Justice (Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday)

Lent 1: Repentance & Forgiveness

Lent 2: Humility

Lent 3: Charity

Lent 4: Prayer

Loyalty (Chinese New Year 2018)

Memorial Day

Mercy

Mother’s Day

Palm Sunday

Pentecost

Suffering

Thanksgiving

Transformation (Transfiguration / Valentine’s Day)

Wisdom

Work (Labor Day)

 

 

 

Acknowledgements

I am indebted to Chad Federwitz and previous chaplains at Balfour Cherrywood who developed the basic structure for these nondenominational services. I have modified them with different themes, readings, hymns, and interactive homilies.