Young and old living well together
05 February 2019 IN: Parish News
St Clement’s Church in Chorlton runs a lunch club for elderly and isolated people that transcends the age gap by inviting Year 6 pupils to chat to guests and help with serving meals and clearing tables.
The project combines the school’s Christian ethos with the community-centred ministry of the church to promote a flourishing and diverse community that is ‘living well’ together. Serving up delicious, healthy meals, the lunch club is an enjoyable social occasion for the guests, and provides an opportunity for social education for the pupils.
Lunch is prepared in the school kitchen and is served in the church hall. As part of the Chorlton Challenge, Year 6 pupils come to the church hall after they have had lunch to assist with the clearing of tables, and the serving of tea, coffee and cake. The children have the opportunity to socially engage with the guests, as well as serving meals and tidying up afterwards.
The Lunch Club is an integral part of the St Clement’s mission action plan, which seeks to reach out to the isolated and elderly in the parish, including people with disabilities or dementia and their carers. Bishop David recognised the innovative project with a Church for a Different World award.