Gertrude Flowers-Barwick - Chair; Mary Merrill Anderson - Vice Chair
MOTTO: 55+ and Blessed
MISSION: To address the spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, and social needs of seniors fifty five and older
SCRIPTURE: “Even to your old age I am he; and even to gray hairs will I carry you. I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.” - ISAIAH 46:4
SENIOR MINISTRY MISSION
Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church seeks to support its seniors in the church through its Seniors’ Ministry Leadership Team who will provide:
- Additional spiritual teaching through its noon day Bible Study
- Lectures on topics of interest to our elderly members
- Fun and Fellowship with other members of the church and visitors
- Free health and wellness information
- Legal information to assist in wills, estate planning and health care directives
- Caregiving to family and friends
- Parenting grandchildren
- Facilitating a Senior Pal Program
- Financial Planning
- Celebrating 70+ Seniors through Senior Profiling
- Other topics affecting our senior population
“Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?” ~Job 12:12
Why it is important for FMBC to plan an important role in the life of its seniors?
The role of the Black church as advocate and defender of older Black Americans must become the foundation of its ministry and Christian education emphasis.
For the Black elderly, there have been few, if any, social, fraternal or other organizational source or structures of support. Thus, the role and potential role of the African American church with respect to Black seniors is not only pivotal, but urgent. It behooves the church to remember that, as those who have been willing to “fight the good fight and finish the race” (see II Timothy 4:7), our senior brothers and sisters deserve all of the creativity, compassion, and support we can muster on their behalf. (Excerpted from “Our Help in Ages Past, The Black Church’s Ministry Among the Elderly” by Rev. Dr. Bobby Joe Saucer with Jean Alicia Elster).
The Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church has risen to the challenge of addressing the needs of our senior and elderly members of the church through its Senior Ministry Leadership Team under the auspices of the Christian Education Ministry.
Through its Senior Pal Program, members of the church are matched with seniors in the church who are 65 years old or older.
Fellowship events are held where a healthy lunch is served, a topic of interest is presented, spiritual enhancement is offered, and fun and fellowship with other seniors is encouraged.
The Senior Ministry Leadership Team will continue to provide numerous relevant opportunities for the senior members of FMBC which would support, encourage, and uplift our young seniors and elderly population.
“Do not cast me off in the time of old age; do not forsake me when my strength is spent.” ~ Psalm 71:9