Older Adult Ministries

Older adults are the fastest-growing age demographic in many of our congregations. Churches genuinely concerned about the faith development of all God’s people will want to develop vital ministry by, with and for older adults. Doing so can reveal the special gifts that older adults offer to Christ and the church.

Unfortunately, when older adults see little interest directed at them, they gradually lose their own sense of value, which diminishes their faith development. Churches can celebrate Older Adult Recognition Day in May, but they should honor and involve senior members and visitors year-round through intentional ministries and engagement that addresses older adults’ needs, interests, capabilities and concerns.

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Steps for vital older adult ministry

Anytown United Methodist Church sponsors a regular monthly luncheon for older adults. In addition to the covered-dish meal, a speaker or program is held to entertain, inform and inspire participants. Normal attendance averages about 20, even though there are several hundred older adults both in the church and in the community. The pastor would like to get more people involved in this particular program. After all, it’s the only ministry the church has for older members.

One important ministry model for congregations seeking to develop a comprehensive older adult ministry is the S.E.N.I.O.R.S. Ministry model. The seven components are Spiritual, Enrichment, Nutrition (Wellness), Intergenerational, Outreach, Recreation and Service.  Learn More

United Methodist-related Retirement Facilities in Eastern Pennsylvania

United Methodists have been in ministry with older adults through its related retirement facilites for more than 100 years.

Below is contact information for Cornwall Manor, Wesley Enhanced Living, and Simpson Senior Services, all retirement facilities related to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.

Cornwall Manor
Steven D. Hassinger, President
P.O. Box 125
Cornwall, PA 17016-0125
Telephone: 717-273-2647
Fax: 717-274-8052
Internet: www.cornwallmanor.org
Email: info@cornwallmanor.org

Cornwall Manor Society Officers
Mrs. Patricia Walter
PO Box 125
Cornwall, PA 17016
Email: patwalter@comcast.net

Evangelical Services for the Aging Board of Directors
Donna Wood, President
3950 Orangemans Road
Hatboro, PA 19040-2811
Telephone: 215-441-8886
Fax: 215-441-8090
Internet: www.wel.org
Email: dlrwood@voicenet.com

Evangelical Manor
Veronica R. Gibbone, President
8401 Roosevelt BoulevaRoad
Philadelphia, PA 19152
Telephone: 215-624-5800
Fax: 215-335-1477
Email: Vgibbone@voicenet.com
Internet: www.evangelicalmanor.org

Heritage Towers Board of Directors
The Rev. Steven T. Cherry, President
200 Veterans Lane
Doylestown, PA 18901
Telephone: 215-345-4300
Fax: 215-345-4927
Email: Scherry@voicenet.com
Internet: www.heritagetowers.org

Manor Glen
Agnes Keisoglou, Manager
8403 Roosevelt Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19152
Telephone: 215-543-0442
Fax: 215-543-0883

Maple Village
Robyn Kulp, President
2815 Byberry Road
Hatboro, PA 19140
Telephone: 215-675-0103
Fax: 215-675-0389
Email: rkulp@voicenet.com
Internet: www.maplevillage.org

Meadow House
Patricia Huff, Manager
4649, Paul Street
Philadelphia, PA 19124
Telephone: 215-535-3010
Fax: 215-535-8715
Email: Meadhse@voicenet.com

Pilgrim Gardens
Judith A. Williams, President
7023 Rising Sun Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111
Telephone: 215-745-3517
Fax: 215-745-0586
Email: Jwilliams@pilgrimgardens.org
Internet: www.pilgrimgardens.org

Simpson Senior Services
Kim W. Williams, President
150 Monument Road, Suite 405
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Telephone: 610-660-0112
Fax: 610-660-0141
Email: kwilliams@simpsonsenior.org
Internet: www.simpsonsenior.org

Simpson House Society Officers
Mrs. Mary Bamford
448 Harmon Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128
Telephone: 215-482-0993

Simpson House
Roseann Smith, Simpson House Executive Director
2101 Belmont Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Telephone: 215-878-3600
Fax: 215-878-6701
Internet: www.simpsonhouse.org

Simpson Meadows
Diana E. Seip, Executive Director
101 Plaza Drive
Downingtown, PA 19335
Telephone: 610-269-8400
Fax: 610-269-6095
Email: Diana@simpsonmeadows.org
Internet: www.simpsonmeadows.org