In many churches where I have worshipped and led worship there are generally persons who are in their late 70’s, 80’s or 90’s; and alongside these people there are those who are house bound – due to frailty of age or poor health.
Now something I’ve also found when talking and sharing with many of these folks is that they have been faithful disciples for decades, and have been very active in the life of the church, working towards the Kingdom. However when meeting them now, unless the time is taken to speak to them – or for some have others speak for them – this long service and faithfulness is unknown. I’ve also found that they are often a wealth of knowledge, and though often physically unable to do things, can still guide and support spiritually. Also many of these folks feel guilty for not being able to do more, however does the church need to come to an understanding of how these elders can still share and guide, but that others are able to carry the work. However to keep them involved – I can remember at a youth group having one such person involved, who would come along and sit there, but in doing this would talk with the young people; and offer a listening ear that would not rush away to do other things.
I do wonder as the churches sometimes rush towards a need for youth and children what is being lost.