Being at home in the familiar

Being at home in the familiar

The parish st. St. John’s celebrated the first "dementia-sensitive" event in cooperation with the dementia competence center service in forchheim. In addition to the core congregation, people with dementia and their relatives were particularly invited.
Veit harnisch, the social pathologist responsible for social care at the competence center, succeeded in inviting numerous residents of the competence center to this sunday service in the middle of the community. "I’m happy to be in church today. I was confirmed and married here", said an elderly man in a wheelchair who attended the service together with his fellow residents from the dementia competence center.
It was a premiere for the congregation: a "dementia-sensitive" event service, which also and especially focused on people with dementia and their relatives. "A dementia-sensitive service should be like a normal sunday morning church service", emphasized pastor enno weidt.
It was important to the preparation team that familiar people were also involved in the service. So social pedagogue veit harnisch took over the reading and deacon manfred riedel participated in the sermon. In a vivid dialogue, riedel and deaconess beate wagner encouraged the people and reminded them of god’s faithfulness to his creation and especially to his people. Afterwards, many visitors praised not only the fact that residents from senior citizens’ facilities celebrated the service together with other visitors as part of the congregation, but also the successful cooperation between the competence center of the diakonie neuendettelsau and the church congregation of st. Germany. St. John’s. "It did our residents good to celebrate a service in the midst of the congregation for once. We were welcomed with open arms. The church coffee afterwards also enabled the residents to talk to each other. "Being part of the community is very important, especially for our residents", was the conclusion drawn by facility manager johannes kraus. "When people with disabilities are seen as a normal part of our church, we have achieved our goal.", the people involved and those responsible were unanimous. Amanda muller

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