The Timeless Gift
By Dawn Regner - December 31, 2011
On a cool December evening, 200 seniors gathered together in the activity center of The Orchard Senior Living Community looking for delicious Christmas treats and a festive celebration. Yet, they experienced much more.
Silver Angels Ministry of the Rock Church, with the support of JC Living Hope Puppet Ministry, Jazz Ministry Band, Small Group ministry, and Jewels for Jesus, delivered comfort, joy and festive Christmas spirit at their first annual Christmas party. The energy in the room sparkled like the colorful lights and tinsel that adorned the room. Christmas carol sing-a-longs accompanied by an angelic choir of children playing drums and ringing Christmas bells, bookended a dramatic retelling of the arrival of the Christ by the Puppet Ministry, narrated by Beauty, the Christmas Angel. Many who attended received raffle prizes, including Target gift cards for the men and a clothing boutique for the women. Prize winners were escorted by a “personal shopper” from the Jewels for Jesus ministry and invited to choose a new holiday outfit – with accessories, of course!
Though each attendee left with a special gift from beneath the tree, the love of Christ was the most valuable gift that night. And this is something the Silver Angels Ministry is dedicated to delivering every day of the year.
Rooted in the core belief that every person, no matter the age, is created in God’s image and is a personal expression of His love, Silver Angels seeks to minister to and improve the lives of homebound seniors by assisting them with vital needs such as transportation, grocery shopping, and companionship.
Jean contacted Silver Angels at the encouragement of her sister, who found the ministry through a web search. Unable to drive, Jean needed help getting to weekly physical therapy appointments. The ministry’s leader, Alex DePaul, fielded the request and promptly matched Jean to volunteer Karen Sutton. A fast friendship was struck between the two women. “Karen has been a lifeline for me,” Jean reports. “She has been there when I’ve truly needed her.”
With passion and focus, Alex and her core group of volunteers seek to bring encouragement, dignity, and love to seniors in tangible ways. By supplying them with such necessities as transportation to doctor’s appointments, church, or social gatherings, seniors can remain independent by staying healthy both physically and spiritually. The friendships that develop between the volunteers and seniors serve to enhance that health and independence further, while alleviating the loneliness that often affects the life of a homebound senior.
Through volunteer efforts such as these, and events like the Christmas Party, the Silver Angels Ministry delivers God’s love to some of the most needy among us, and His blessing is truly apparent.
[Photos provided by Silver Angels Ministry]