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 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.

Hymns for Elders with Dementia: Free Downloads!

Get free downloads of classic hymns, arranged as sing-alongs for seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

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

*Updated or new

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)

Lent 1: Repentance and Forgiveness*

Lent 2: Humility*

Lent 3: Charity*

Lent 4: Prayer*

Lent 5: Grace*

Love (Valentine’s Day)*

Loyalty*

Memorial Day*

Mercy*

Mother’s Day*

Palm Sunday*

Patience*

Peace*

Pentecost*

Service* (Christ the King Sunday)

Suffering*

Thanksgiving*

Transformation* (Transfiguration Sunday)

Treasure* (Chinese New Year 2019)

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).