Making Connections in “Our Time”
A Ministry for those in the Second Half of Life
Do you ever…
- Feel afraid of getting older?
- Get a little peeved when people ask you what things were like “in your day”?
- Wonder what retirement will be like, or know what it is like but aren’t quite sure what to do with it?
- Feel alone because no one quite understands what you are going through?
- Talk to the dog/cat because there isn’t anyone else around?
- Feel as though there is more to life, there is more for you to do, more for you to be?
If you answered yes to any of these questions you may be in the second half of life!
Second Half is Transfiguration’s ministry with those of us who are in, or are approaching, the second half of life. There are no exact dates or ages that define this time – we each get to define it for ourselves. Second Halfers are those who want to make connections and affirm that now is our time and we have a lot of living to do, a lot of ways we can serve, a lot of growing in discipleship and love of God and a lot of ways that God is calling us to be God’s hands and feet in this world.
The Second Half Ministry has been taking shape for a few years now and is launching into a new phase of sharing and caring. Rev. Nancy M. DeStefano has come on staff to give special attention to this part of our congregation and to help build a community of support and caring that can deal with all aspects of what we experience as we grow older.
A Sunday School class was launched last fall with a program of “Sage-ing” – a curriculum that heralds the second half of life as a vibrant and meaningful time of sharing the experience of a lifetime with our loved ones, our peers and our faith community. This class continued in the spring, using Wisdom Circles to go deeper into some of the issues and challenges facing older adults. Now, in the summer, we continue to meet as we consider the book The Gift of Years by Sr. Joan Chittister. All are welcome to join us for these classes this summer and on into the fall!
Second Halfers will be very active in the coming months as we find new ways to embrace this time in our lives and to reach out to one another, to be sages for younger generations, and to seek out those beyond our congregation who will benefit from knowing of God’s love for them as they face the challenges that aging can bring.
We’d love to hear from you. You can call or email The Rev. Nancy DeStefano, Pastoral Assistant and Minister to Older Adults at 972-233-1898 x227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.