The Bear Valley Seniors Program
Welcome to the section of the Bear Valley Church of Christ web site that pertains to the “Senior Servants Program.” The “Senior Servants Program” is about senior members of the Bear Valley Church of Christ working together in service to the Lord. It is about our relationship to the Lord, to one another, and to the overall body of Christians who worship at Bear Valley and around the world.
Lovers of God, the Brotherhood, and Self
In the body of Christ, as well as throughout the United States, the fastest growing population group are the elderly, older or seniors’ group, depending on the word you choose to use when referring to this group. For the sake of this narrative, we will refer to this group as the seniors’ group. The reason for 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” is used to refer to an old man, an elder. In John 8:9, the word “presbuteros” refers to the older or elderly members of the group. Some persons and organizations refer to seniors as individuals who have reached the age of 55 or older. Still others consider individuals seniors when they become eligible for Social Security benefits at age 62. The Eldership guides the Bear Valley Church of Christ have targeted members age 60 and older as a part of the “Senior Servants Program,” but do not exclude those relatively close in age or persons with a spouse within the target range. All seniors are invited and encouraged to participate in the program.
Identify the senior members of the Bear Valley congregation (60+) and provide ongoing recruitment for involvement in the program.
Bring seniors to Christ who are yet to learn of Him in truth.
Identify seniors that have drifted or fallen away and seek to restore them to the Lord.
Maintain or restore interest among seniors in the work of the Lord.
Provide training opportunities, leading to greater service in the Lord’s Kingdom.
To provide information, instruction, and support to assist seniors with issues that that are relevant to their health and safety (Through communication, education, and activities).
Identify and provide support to seniors who are in need of assistance.
Establish a network of communication, and follow-up to insure that ongoing contact is maintained with all the seniors of this congregation each week with a phone call, a visit, or a card that is mailed.
Conduct a wide range of activities to nurture more socialization among seniors that will work to overcome loneliness and depression. Provide needed programs, trips and activities that will really excite seniors and give 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
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.” Paul was writing to all of the Christians in Rome.
In 2 Timothy 4:2, Paul instructs the young preacher, Timothy, to “be prepared in season and out of season.” Paul’s primary intent is to instruct Timothy to take advantage of every opportunity to preach the Gospel, whether at an opportune time or at an inopportune time. In a broader sense, Paul’s words in this passage of scripture can be applied to any situation involving the work of a Christian.
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 about senior members of the Bear Valley Church of Christ working together in service to the Lord. It is about seniors forming a common bond with one another by encouraging and admonishing one another through study, fellowship, worship, communion, and prayer. The program is about seniors 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.
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 definitely have common bonds, both physically and spiritually. In this congregation, there are seniors still working and retired workers who possess a wealth of both spiritual and physical knowledge and experience, which can be very beneficial to those with whom we share this common bond of age. 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 contact Dick Brant at firstname.lastname@example.org.