“Bear one another's burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.” —Galatians 6:2
Imagine that your spouse of forty years woke up one day and didn’t know who you were, or that you found yourself caring for a parent who couldn’t perform basic tasks. Many of us are all too familiar with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease—a progressive neurological disorder that affects one in ten Americans over the age of 65. We know how rapidly the disorder can take hold, and it’s hard to overlook the dramatic impact the disease has, both on family relationships and individual well-being.
“During the years of my husband’s dementia, the Alzheimer’s-Dementia Ministry was my spiritual lifeline. Being with other believers who understood our hurts and losses allowed me to give and receive true biblical comfort. It’s been a few years since Gary went to heaven, and I am still enjoying the fellowship of our ministry. Occasionally, we may cry together, but we don’t get angry about our loved ones’ dementia. In our little group, we are truly like family, and I’m thankful we are well shepherded to navigate trials to God’s glory. That is why there has been comfort and joy along the way.” —Laurie Price, Alzheimer’s-Dementia Ministry Coordinator
Entropy is a reality in this fallen world, and the Bible talks much about caring for one another through the struggles we face in life. In Galatians 6:2, Paul calls us to bear one another’s burdens. In Philippians 2:4, Paul talks of looking not only to our own interests, but also to the interests of others, reminding us that we as believers are bound to other Christians through the perfect work of Christ.
For the last few years here at Grace Church, we have had a ministry support group for those who are caring for a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s. We meet on the last Saturday of every month at 9:00 a.m. in the CC130 room. Our desire is to come alongside and help in whatever way possible these faithful people who are caring for a loved one. Care is provided in the CC130E room for our loved ones with dementia. We also provide a light nutritional breakfast.
As a church, we would love to have a staff of volunteers to help these people.
Here are some ways you can serve.
• Give the family the opportunity to get some chores done
• Allow the family to go to church
• Help the family when they bring their loved one to church (with parking and other issues that may come up)
We have a great opportunity here to serve and honor the Lord by ministering to these precious families. If you are interested in coming alongside to help us, please call 818-909-5519. For more information, visit gracechurch.org/alzheimers.