Church assists seniors with outreach program

Members of the Caleb Group stop for a photograph after a movie at Camana Bay Cinema.

The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God’s Caleb Group is working with seniors in the community to experience something new each day.

Since their involvement with the group, seniors have participated in a number of arts and craft activities, visited the Cayman Turtle Centre, Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park and the National Museum, watched Saturday afternoon matinees at the cinema, had beach outings, and enjoyed a number of exercise breakfasts at Dart Park.

“Our aim is to keep them active and feeling good within themselves spiritually, physically and mentally. Also to maintain independence and be a good testimony to others, to let others see that being old can be fun and enjoyable, and that by using their faith, everything is possible,” said Maxine Bodden, coordinator of the Caleb Group.

According to Ms. Bodden, the outreach program at the church makes special outings and activities available to seniors, as well as encouraging health checks.

During March, professionals will be coming in to take blood pressure, perform diabetes tests, and give some health tips to seniors, she said.

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“We teach them that even though they are ‘old’ in age, their spirit is still very young. We promote various activities that enable them to go out once per month to experience something different,” she said.

The group recently participated in an arts and crafts session with East End’s Carmen Conolly, where seniors created soap holders using wash rags.

People aged 45 and older are encouraged to join the group, which is made up of caring members that are growing spiritually together, Ms. Bodden said.

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