While it’s still rare to see a church that offers regular transportation for elderly and disabled parishioners, it’s quickly becoming common in parishes that are working to bring in new members. Besides the fact that helping others is simply a nice thing to do, people follow their loved ones so this can be an opportunity to bring in people who might never have otherwise taken an opportunity to hear the message.
It Helps Their Spirituality
Without help, sometimes the elderly don’t have a chance to attend church services and their spirituality can suffer. Once they’re there, many people come right back to the practice of the faith. Despite what you may think, around two-thirds of people who’ve recently left the church did so because they felt their spiritual needs weren’t being met. At the same time, many senior citizens seldom get an opportunity to enjoy a social activity, so a service that helps them attend church again could meet a very real need of their own.
It Helps Their Health
Unfortunately, countless senior citizens remain sedentary and bedridden quite often and get very little in the way of movement or exercise. Simply getting people in this position to church can help to alleviate some of the issues caused by this condition. The movement and getting out of bed is helpful as bedsores can be serious to the older generation. Even the simplest amount of movement can help stave them off to some degree, and it might even reduce the risk of blood clots in the legs. It might even have some other benefits too.
Improving Mental Health
On top of the obvious spiritual growth that going back to church offers, it might also prevent many of the mental health concerns experienced by those who are aging. One study found that occasional church-goers had a 13 percent lower mortality risk than those who didn’t attend services. By offering a way for seniors to get to church, you might be doing them more of a favor than you ever imagined.
Still, the most important thing might be that you’re fulfilling your duty as a person. Helping someone in need is something that we’re all called to do, and this is the low-hanging fruit in many cases. You might even be able to get many other parishioners involved in the effort merely by asking them to take a few neighbors to church with them if at all possible.
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