St. James United Methodist Church, Laurens, just finished their first year of a newly instituted Older Adult Ministry Initiative appropriately named “Seasoned Saints.”
This program was designed to reach out to older adults and give them an opportunity to gather and enjoy fellowship with other believers while addressing their specific needs and challenges.
The program began in October by inviting their local senator, Danny Verdin, to share what serving as a state senator is like being a person of faith. It was attended by 70 community members.
The next meeting, conducted in December, was attended by 85 people, as attendees celebrated Christmas by being entertained by the Fleming Mill Gospel-Bluegrass Band. Two additional gatherings were conducted in the winter and spring of 2023, averaging 70 individuals.
“It is obvious that this ministry initiative is something which is needed in Laurens, and we are intentionally tailoring our fall/winter meetings to help address older adult challenges like assisted living alternatives, as well as inviting local subject matter experts to share self and health care recommendations,” said the Rev. Clyde Scott, pastor of St James.
“We are excited about the overwhelming success of this new program, which is helping us fulfill our mission to make and nurture disciples of Christ by connecting, growing and serving our members and the greater Laurens community,” he added.