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.

Holidays

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

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.

Piano Sheet Music

Use this music, transposed to a lower key than usual, to play along with the classic hymns recordings.

Themes

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

Browse Services Alphabetically

*Updated or new (Nov. 2020)

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. 27)

Courage

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 (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

Service* (Christ the King Sunday)

Suffering

Thanksgiving*

Transformation (Transfiguration Sunday)

Treasure (Chinese New Year 2020)

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).