Remembering Christmas in Barnsley - first dementia friendly service

Remembering Christmas in Barnsley – a special invitation

Traditional carols, mince pies and all the trimmings will create a familiar and welcoming Christmas lunch service for anyone living with dementia and their carers at a Barnsley church this year.

 St John’s Church, Hoylandswaine, is proud to be working towards becoming a dementia friendly church – the first in the area - and plan to hold its first dementia friendly Christmas Celebration in the village hall on December 8th.

Called “Remembering Christmas”, the team at St John’s has been working with local nursing staff and dementia experts to design a suitable service with traditional stories, songs, carols – and food - in a safe and welcoming environment. They will be joined by the Bishop of Wakefield, who is an Elderly Care Ambassador for Pinderfields Hospital, and is encouraging parishes across the area to respond to the needs of elderly people.

Vicar, the Revd Maureen Browell said: “We are really excited about this and know it will fill a real need in our local communities.”

“We’ve worked hard to listen to local experts to provide a familiar festive environment with traditional foods and decorations. We hope to attract people from across the area – everyone is welcome”

 “And we hope it is the start of a new strand of ministry for us here in West Barnsley,” she added.

Plans are in the pipeline for other dementia friendly services at special times such as Easter and Harvest with expert help on hand at the services.

If you would like to attend this service (or have any questions) please contact the numbers 01226 763258 or text 07530721859 to reserve places.

If you have special requirements for feeding (utensils, cups etc.) please bring these with you - everything else will be provided.


REMEMBERING CHRISTMAS:    St John's Church at The Village Hall, Haigh Lane, Hoylandswaine. 

Thursday December 8th 2016

1.15 - 3pm


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