The “Senior Servants Program” is about senior members at Bear Valley working together in service to the Lord. It is about our relationship to the Lord, to one another, and to the church here and around the world.
Lovers of God, the Brotherhood, and Self
In the body of Christ, as well as throughout the US, the fastest growing population group is the elderly (or seniors’ group). The reason for the substantial growth in this group is generally attributable to individuals living longer and to the “baby boomers” generation, which is now reaching the age level where they are considered a part of the seniors group.
Who Is A Senior?
In the Bible, the word presbuteros generally refers to an older man. Some people and organizations refer to seniors as individuals at 55 or older. While others consider a person to be a senior when they become eligible for Social Security benefits at age 62. At Bear Valley, everyone 60 year old and up are welcome in the Senior Servants Program. Of course, spouses who might fall out of this age range are also welcome with us.
Identifying the senior members of the Bear Valley congregation (60+) and provide ongoing recruitment for involvement in the program.
Bringing seniors to Christ who are yet to learn of Him in truth.
Identifying and restoring seniors who have drifted or fallen away.
Maintaining and renewing seniors’ interest in the work of the Lord.
Providing training opportunities, leading seniors to greater service in the Lord’s Kingdom.
Identifying and providing information, instruction, assistance, and support to seniors’ health and safety.
Establishing a network of consistent communication each week with a phone call, a visit, or a card.
Conducting a wide range of activities to nurture more socialization among seniors that will work to overcome loneliness and depression.
Providing needed programs, trips and activities that will excite seniors, bringing hope and optimism.
Senior Program Meetings
Periodically, seniors will assemble together to share information, to plan projects and events, and to join in a potluck meal. In addition to other activities, information will be shared relating to senior members who for various reasons are unable to be actively involved in activities and events at Bear Valley. The goal is to involve everyone.
Purpose of the Seniors Program
Love & Involvement. In Romans 12:9-16, Paul told the Christians in Rome that: “Love must be sincere.” He said, “Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality…Live in harmony with one another.” In our Seniors Program, we seek to display a genuine love that includes and involves everyone in the group.
Outreach Among Seniors. In 2 Timothy 4:2, Paul instructed the young preacher, Timothy, to “be prepared in season and out of season” to preach the gospel to others, taking advantage of the opportunities that come. In a broader sense, Paul’s words can apply to any situation, including our Seniors Program.
Serving The Lord. As one grows older, there is a tendency to focus more on self-considerations such as health, financial well-being, family relationships, and retirement plans. In such instances, there is always the danger of turning our attention away from spiritual matters and focusing more on the physical matters. The Seniors’ Program is simply about serving the Lord and forming bonds with each other. We will accomplish this by encouraging and admonishing one another through study, fellowship, worship, communion, and prayer. The program is also about supporting one another, both spiritually and physically, at opportune times and at inopportune times, so that each member has opportunities to become a stronger force for the Lord.
Come Join Us!
There is nothing shameful about attaining the age that puts one in the senior group. In fact, Proverbs 16:31 states, “A gray head is a crown of glory; it is found in the way of righteousness.” I hope that as we have matured physically we have also matured spiritually, and as such, are even more prepared to serve the Lord than when we were younger. As seniors, we are a group of people who have many common bonds. In this congregation, there are seniors still working and some who are retired. They are many who possess a wealth of spiritual and physical knowledge and experience. We are a people educated and experienced in many different fields, such as: service, teaching, health, social life, business, government, and so much more. The Seniors’ Program is about this group of individuals encouraging and admonishing one another to greater spirituality, service, and physical well-being.
The “senior age” can be a time of great enjoyment, but it can also be a time of greater need, perhaps more than at any other time in life. Who can better relate to such needs than brothers or sisters in Christ who share similar experiences? Won’t you please come and share your blessings and experience with us? What a source of inspiration and comfort we can be to each other!
For More Information
If you have any questions, thoughts, or would like more information, please let us know!
Seniors’ Minister: Dick Brant