Our Senior Ministry provides opportunities for care, compassion, and nurture for those ages 65 and older. While our programs are open to everyone, we strive to keep the intellectual and spiritual development alive in our seniors through outreach fellowship and recreation.
Senior Life Institute
What began as a vision of our Associate Pastor of congregational care in her doctoral dissertation has come to life as Highland’s Senior Life Institute. Explained the Rev. Dr. Ann Osborne, “the Institute expanded our senior life ministries at Highland by providing members of our congregation and the community-at-large with a new dimension of lifelong learning. It is one more way we offer for care, compassion and nurture for people inside and outside our church family.”
The Senior Life Institute offers participants opportunities for lifelong learning, to expand cultural awareness and to grow relationships with God and each other.
Past topics of the multiple session series have explored the Reformation, Judaism, Anabaptism, Islam, Faith at the Battle of Gettysburg, Buddhism and Native Americans.
Spring 2017 Program:
“Faith, Fortitude & Freedom”: The Underground Railroad in Lancaster County with two sessions at Highland and an optional visit to Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Downtown Lancaster.
- May 11 from 10 am-1 pm – respected historians Randolph Harris and Dr. Leroy T. Hopkins will set the stage for understanding Lancaster County’s role in the Underground Railroad story
- May 18 from 10 am-1 pm – local historian and author Jack Brubaker and Quaker historian Kate deRiel will bring to life tales of local activism and ways Lancaster and Chester county Quakers fought abolition
- May 25 from 11 am-1:30 pm – “Living the Experience,” a live reenactment of enslaved families traveling through Lancaster County
The May 11 and 18 presentations cost $15 per session, including lunch. Tickets to the May 25 “Living the Experience” reenactment are $40, including lunch. To register, print out and complete the registration form below and return it with your check to Highland Presbyterian Church. For more information, contact the Highland church office at 717-569-2651 or email info@HighlandPC.org.
Fall 2017 Program:
The Hindu Faith will be explored through a brand new, four-session program in Fall 2017. Watch for details here in the coming months.
Senior Ministry Programs:
Congregational Nurture Teams include Hospital and Rehab Center Visitors, Visitors for Individuals with Memory Loss, Parish Visitors, Specialized Prayer Ministries, Spiritual Nurture Team and Funeral Reception Team. They work together with the Deacon Visitation Committee to coordinate support for individuals who are in fragile circumstances and need a variety of spiritual and pastoral care responses. They also work with the Home Communion Team, Stephen Ministers and Care and Compassion Council. Approximately 40 congregants are involved in the support of this team. For more information, contactRev. Dr. Ann Osborne
Our 18 Deacons provide countless services such as rides to church, home and hospital visitations, flowers and prayer shawl deliveries to people in need, provide sermons on CD’s, lending an ear, sharing a smile, and letting these home-bound folks know that they are always valued by Highland.
Grief Support Program was launched in September 2015 with several articles on Highland’s website entitled, “Fruitful in Faith: Grief”. Groups and activities throughout the year focus upon specific grief recovery actions at each session through prayer, learning, sharing, personal reflection, and journaling. For more information contact, Rev. Dr. Ann Osborne.
Highland Singles Group is held to nurture our singles and meets once a month. Contact the church office 717-569-2651 if you’re interested in joining this group!