Focusing on our own needs is a typical response when we adapt to changes. It is more so due to the constant changes in Covid 19 restrictions. When we focus on ourselves, it is easy to overlook others’ needs, especially the needs of seniors in our midst.
Across all the CPC congregations, there are around 150 seniors. With the different restrictions in place, their needs have been more pronounced since last year.
Some manage to worship with us only through the sound of a phone line since they do not know how to use a smart phone. Some wish to get a lift back to CPC for physical worship as their family would be concerned if they travel on public transport. With limited resources and knowledge of IT, attending worship services online or physically can be a challenge for our seniors. And it is important that we look after their spiritual needs by encouraging them to grow in their faith.
In addition, there are practical needs of seniors that call for our attention. They need advice when making decisions on day-to-day issues such as medical treatment, financial arrangement, when to stop driving or making a will. Even with the assistance from the government’s home care package and interpretation service, there are gaps yet to be filled in caring for our seniors’ physical and emotional needs. And caring for seniors usually calls for the involvement of more than one individual in order to ensure accountability and sustainability.
How then can we respond to their needs? Here is where the recruitment of a senior care coordinator comes in. Based on the existing caring arrangement, the coordinator will work with volunteers to set up a caring network for seniors in different congregations.
Focusing on our own needs is a natural response but not a biblical response. We are known as Jesus’ disciples if we love one another (John 13:35). Please pray for the recruitment of the coordinator and for each of us to see and respond to the needs of seniors among us.