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Mission and Fresh Expressions for Older People


Title                A Mission-Shaped Church for Older People? Practical Suggestions for Local Churches

Editor             Michael Collyer, Claire Dalpra, Alison Johnson and James Woodward
Publisher       Church Army & The Leveson Centre


Title                People Try to Put Us Down: Fresh Expressions with Older People.

Author            George Lings.

Publisher       Church Army , Encounters on the Edge series (40) 2008


Title                Reaching the Saga Generation: fresh Expressions of Church for Ageing Baby Boomers

Author            Chris Harrington

Publisher       Grove Books Limited Cambridge, 2008



Pastoral Ministry


Title                 Crying in the Wilderness: Giving Voice to Older People in the Church

Authors           Graham Hawley and Albert Jewell

Publisher        MHA Group, Derby 2009. Source: mha.org.uk


Title                Valuing Age: Pastoral Ministry with Older People.

Author            James Woodward

Publisher       SPCK London, 2008


Title                A Vision for the Aging Church: Renewing Ministry for and by Seniors

Author           James M. Houston, Michael Parker

Publisher       InterVarsity Press, 2011


Title                Growing in Age: Ageing in today’s society.

Author            Anne Millar

Publisher       Wellington New Zealand: Philip Garside Publishing Ltd., 2001 


Title                Being Your Age: Pastoral Care for Older People

Author            Michael Butler and Ann Orbach

Publisher       SPCK  Great Britain 1993


Title                Understanding the Senior Adult

Author            Lois D. Knutson

Publisher       The Alban Institute, 1999.


Title                Creating Welcoming Churches: A disability resource for faith communities.

Author/Publisher  Disability, Spirituality and Faith Network, Aotearoa New Zealand Inc. 2014.




Ageing and Spirituality


Title                Still Praying...? Simeon and Anna: Exploring Spirituality in Ageing

Author            Graham Keyes

Publisher       Grove Books Limited Cambridge, 2008


Title                The Spiritual Dimension of Ageing 

Author            Elizabeth MacKinlay

Publisher       London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsly Publishers, 2001


Title                Winter Grace: Spirituality and Aging.

Author            Kathleen Fischer

Publisher       Nashville: Upper Room Books, 1998.


Title                Spirited Ageing: cultivating the art of renewal.

Author           Juliet Batten

Publisher       Ishtar Books, New Zealand, 2013


Title                God, Me and Being Very Old: Stories and Spirituality in Later Life

Author            Keith Albans and Malcolm Johnson (editors)

Publisher       SCM Press UK, 2013


Title                Living Well and Dying Faithfully: Christian Practices for End of Life Care

Author           John Swinton and Richard Payne (editors)

Publisher       William B Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2009



Dementia and Spirituality


Title                A Guide to the Spiritual Care of People with Alzheimer’s Disease and  Related Dementia:

                        More than Body, Brain and Breath

Author            Eileen Shamy

Publisher       London and New York: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2003



Title:                 In a Strange Land: People with Dementia and the Local Church

Author/editor  Malcolm Goldsmith
Publisher         4M Publications, Great Britain, 2004.



Title                No Act of Love is Ever Wasted: The Spirituality of Caring for Persons with Dementia

Author           Jane Marie Thibault and Richard L. Morgan

Publisher       Upper Room Books, Nashville, 2009


Title                The New Zealand Dementia Guide

Author            Dr Chris Perkins

Publisher       New Zealand: Random House, 2004


Title                Growing Dementia-Friendly Churches: A Practical Guide

Authors          Revd Margaret Goodall and Revd Gaynor Hammond

Publisher       Methodist Homes (MHA) and Christians on Ageing (CCOA)




Ageing & Society, Canterbury University Press


Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, American Society on Aging, and Centre for Aging and Pastoral Studies, published by Routledge: Taylor and Francis Group


Resources for Rest Home Ministry


Title                Creative Ideas for Ministry with the Aged

Author            Sue Pickering

Publisher       Canterbury Press, 2014



Publications from the Christian Council on Ageing. CCOA, now known as Christians on Ageing, is a charity supported by all the main Christian Churches in the United Kingdom. Their website leads to a number of useful resources and through it you can order their publications such as: 

        Visiting Older People (ed. Michael Butler)

        Worship in Residential Care (ed. Michael Butler).                     



PARCHE publish a number of resources including 50 Bible Studies for Use in Care Homes and Other Small Groups and 50 Services of Christian Worship. www.parche.org.uk



Upper Room Books have two booklets in the 28 Days of Prayer Series published in 2011, Aging Faithfully and The Struggles of Care-giving.   Two further booklets published by Upper Room Books: Living with purpose in a Worn-Out Body: Spiritual Encouragement for Older Adults by Missy Buchanan and Talking with God in Old Age: Meditations and Psalms.  www.upperroom.org



Scripture Union publishes a booklet in its ‘Being with God’ series called Words of Peace: A Bible and Prayer Guide for people with dementia. This resource includes a CD of carefully compiled hymns and songs.



Loving Kindness in the Land of Forgetfulness is a CD of well-known hymns sung by the Durham Street (CHCH) Methodist choir. Conductor, organist: Wallace Woodley. The hymns are chosen to have special meaning for the older people including sufferers from Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias.  Most are taken from the Methodist Hymn Book. (Recorded September 1993.) CDs $15.00 each – booklet of lyrics $2.00 plus p&p (in NZ) $5.00

Available from Christchurch Central Methodist Church, P.O. Box 6374, Riccarton, Christchurch 8442, New Zealand. Please make your cheque payable to “Durham Street Methodist Choir”


This is a useful resource for providing hymns that can be easily sung; a booklet of the words can also be purchased.  



Training for Pastoral Care


Pastoral Partner Program. Available through MediaCom Education Inc. Australia, this resource comes with manuals for the co-ordinator and those in training (the pastoral partners). 


Prepared to Care: Pastoral Care and Visiting, 1996,   published by the Methodist Publishing House, United Kingdom.  An eight week course which can be borrowed from Theology House Library, Christchurch.   See Theology House catalogue on its website for details.  


Developing the Caring Community: A ten week Course in Pastoral Care Ministry for Laity by Dennis Butcher published by the Alban Institute, 1994.


See also





Looking to borrow books and resources ?


Theology House in Christchurch  is a good place to start.   Theology House (TH) is the operational name of the College House Institute of Theology (CHIT), a theology and ministry resourcing centre which is an independent charitable body.

Following earthquake damage to the St Mary’s Hall through 2010-2011, the main operations of TH are being carried out from a house at 31 Yaldhurst Road, Upper Riccarton.


The Anglican Resource Centre is now housed there, along with a reduced TH library. The reduction is due to space constraints which have led to 2500 volumes housed for the time being at Laidlaw College, 70 Condell Avenue, Bryndwr (TH borrowers are welcome to borrow these books from Laidlaw).


Theology House is open for business 8.30 am to 11.30 am Monday to Thursday, and through until 2.30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Other times by arrangement. Telephone  03 341 3399 to make a time to suit you for borrowing from the Anglican Resource Centre and Theology House Library.


The John Kinder Theological Library

The John Kinder Theological Library is the library and archive for the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia Te Hāhi Mihinare ki Aotearoa ki Niu Tireni, ki Ngā Moutere o Te Moana Nui a Kiwa. It was formerly known as the Kinder Library, St John’s Theological College.

The collection includes 100,000 books and other resources, as well as a growing collection of e-books and e-journals.  Most resources are in the subject areas of Biblical study, theology, ministry, Anglicanism, church history, missions and pastoral care.  There are smaller collections of Maori and Pacific resources, and extensive print, archive and manuscript collections in church history for New Zealand and parts of the Pacific.


The Library is a resource for the whole Anglican Church, not just for St John's College but also for the Methodist Church of New Zealand Te Hāhi Weteriana O Aotearoa.  It holds the former library from Trinity Methodist Theological College which has been on the St John's College campus since 1973.


The John Kinder Theological Library Te Puna Atuatanga is open Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 7:00pm,  Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm and Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm.



Follow the links to learn more and access their catalogues.


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