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Senior Week 2019

Two years ago, First Presbyterian members joined our neighbors throughout West Chester in rallying around seniors in the aftermath of a serious fire in a retirement home. In the months that followed, our community celebrated seniors and the organizations that walk alongside them. Since then, First Presbyterian's Service & Outreach team has wondered why the celebration of seniors is not part of our everyday practice: our mature members and neighbors are the ones from whom we learn, the holders of tradition and wisdom, and the ones who taught us about faith and life. They are also one of the most underserved populations in our community and around the country.


In their honor, First Pres is holding our inaugural Senior Week, a weeklong series of events with and for seniors. There are service projects, learning opportunities, musical events, and opportunities to get to know each other better.


Sunday, April 7, 10:30am - Senior University

Do you have questions about finances, retirement planning, healthcare, legal issues, and other aspects of aging? This first session of our monthly Senior University program will give you an overview of all of the challenges and opportunities that seniors face today. Led by experts in the field, this free program is open to all.

Location: First Pres Chapel

Monday, April 8, 1:00pm - West Chester Food Cupboard Volunteer Event

Join our friends at Barclay for a co-volunteering event. We'll help out at their new warehouse doing service work that can be completed either seated or standing.

Location: West Chester Food Cupboard, 431 S. Bolmar St, West Chester

Tuesday, April 9, 1:00pm - Talking Books

A presenter from Chester Co. Association for the Blind will be teaching a workshop on digital talking books for those with visual impairments. 

First Pres Chapel

Wednesday, April 10, 9:30-11:30am - West Chester Area Senior Center Health Fair

Chester County is filled with resources for seniors and families. Learn more about what health services you or your loved ones may benefit from, or volunteer to help out at the event.

Location: West Chester Area Senior Center, 530 E Union St

Wednesday, April 10, 10:15-11:15am - Toddler Story Time

Bring your infant, toddler, or pre-schooler to Barclay Friends to hear stories read by our senior neighbors.

Location: Barclay Friends, 700 N Franklin St

Friday, April 12, 10:00am-12:00pm - Senior Food Distribution

Join staff from the Chester County Food Bank as they coordinate the monthly food distribution at Church Street Towers in West Chester. Meet our neighbors, and help pack and distribute boxes of nutritious meals.

Location: Church Street Towers, 222 N Church St

Sunday, April 14, 3:00-4:00pm - Children's Musical 

Join the First Pres children's choirs for a production of their Spring musical, Table for Five Thousand: The Miracle of Loaves and Fishes.

Location: Barclay Friends, 700 N Franklin St

Sunday, April 14, 11:45 - Creative Conversations: Ways of Connecting with People with Dementia

It can be difficult to understand and be understood by people who are experiencing cognitive decline. However, there are still ways to connect deeply with those we love who have dementia. Led by Rev. Stephen Weisser, a chaplain and Lutheran minister with decades of experience, we'll learn ways to bridge the language gap and maintain meaningful relationships with those at this stage of life.

Location: First Pres Chapel

Interview Series

As part of Senior Week, First Pres teens and kids will be interviewing our senior members about their lives and memories. 

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