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“Everybody knows that getting old is not for sissies. You have to be tough to last as long as some of us have!”

Barbara Crafton, Episcopal priest and author of The Courage to Grow Old, will share her wit and wisdom. Trinity Episcopal Church invites other Episcopalians who have some mileage, as well as those who care about them, to join Crafton for a retreat on Saturday, February 13.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

  • 9 to 9:30 a.m.: Coffee and guest check-in
  • 9:30 a.m.: Welcome and first address, “The ‘O’ Word”
  • 10:30 a.m. Quiet time and conversation with Barbara
  • 11 a.m.: Second address, “What We Lose and What We Gain”
  • 12 p.m.: Quiet time and conversation with Barbara
  • 12:30 p.m.: Lunch
  • 12:45 p.m.:Third address, “The Two Baskets”
  • 1:45 p.m. Quiet time and conversation with Barbara
  • 2:15 p.m. Wrap-up, closing prayer, farewell

To prepare for the retreat, participants are invited to read Crafton’s book.

“I think growing older is both funny and sad, but mostly it just makes me grateful to be alive and able to reflect. I have been an Episcopal priest for 33 years and have had extensive experience in ministering with the elderly. Now, I am growing old myself. I hate it when people are ashamed of being old. We should be proud!”

Register for the retreat on Trinity’s website. The fee for the day, which includes lunch, is $15.

For more information, contact the church office at Trinity: 817-926-4631.

ChurchNext also offers a course by Crafton, titled “Growing Old with Grace (Not Glamour).” If your congregation subscribes to ChurchNext, ask the church office whether this course is part of your subscription already. Otherwise, you can take this course individually for $10.