50+ Adult Ministries connect older adults to new hope, new life, and new beginnings.
As older adults retire or semi-retire a need for community arises. Many older adults find themselves retiring or semi-retiring and are looking for a way to connect with fellow Christians. Others may become single through the loss of a loved one or divorce and are searching for a new norm, adjusting from a couple’s life to single life, and wanting to meet others like them. A few have moved to the Monroe area to be closer to their adult children and want to make new friends. And, there are those who have grandchildren or are rearing their grandchildren and others who are caring for parents that are seeking support and programming addressing the needs as a caregiver or legal guardian.
We are a place that welcomes anyone looking for a place to connect. Life definitely has its highs and lows and we offer hope through the love of Jesus. If you are new to the area or your church doesn't offer programing for your age you are welcome here at First Methodist Monroe.
More and more Americans are living longer. With better knowledge of how to take care of ourselves and improved medical technology, the older population is increasing each year. In the year 2030, there will be 69.4 million people age fifty and older. We are quickly moving away from a youth-oriented culture to an “elder culture,” where older adults will outnumber the children and youth in our society.
First Methodist Monroe is being proactive in providing a wide variety of activities, programming, and trips for this growing population of active older adults. Below are some ways they may connect:
“Be Fit” Exercise Class
Mondays and Wednesdays from 10-11am in our fellowship hall.
The second Wednesday of each month from 1-4pm in room #19.
Quarterly Grand-parenting Events
For grands and their grandchildren/great-grandchildren including Bingo and Gingerbread House Making Party
Widows and Widowers Valentines’ Day Luncheon
Anyone who has lost a spouse is welcome to join our luncheon for food, fellowship, and fun.
Senior Adult Vacation Bible School in August
We want to encourage life-long learning as we become people of Christ. This is a three-day event that will grow your understanding of God’s word as you interact with other adults in their faith while having a great time doing it.
Summer School for Senior Adults
Six to eight sessions with speakers who are experts in their area giving presentations on subjects like Grand-parenting Matters, Grief & Loss Workshops, and Dave Ramsey Legacy series.
Senior Adult Day and Overnight Trips
Grandparents Conference, Celebrator’s Conference, and the Women of Joy Conference are a few worship events we have attended. Trips to Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, and South Dakota have been made in recent years, and a church trip to the Passion Play in Bavaria is planned for July 2022.
Senior Adult Mission Trips to OWL Center
We want to love and serve others, so we make a habit of going to places like the OWL center and serving them by making salsa and/or jelly for fundraisers and events in the community. We also sell OWL products at the church with all the proceeds going to purchase items on the wish lists of the OWL Center or LA Methodist Children’s Home.
Please contact Nannette Flowers, Director of 50+ Adult Ministries for more information on how you can connect to our older adult ministries.