Burnham-On-Sea’s MP and Mayor were among the visitors at the town’s St Andrew’s Church this week when its popular Dementia Friendly 3rd Thursday service celebrated its second anniversary.
The congregation was joined by Burnham-On-Sea MP James Heappey, Mayor Cllr Andy Brewer and Mayoress Lorna Brewer, plus the Right Rev Ruth Worsley, Bishop of Taunton.
The services, which are open to everyone and Dementia Friendly, follow a rainbow theme to celebrate God’s inclusive love, and the congregation joined in prayers led by Bishop Ruth, using a special rainbow prayer rope spread amongst the congregation so everyone could join together.
Reverend Peter Tullet, who himself lives with Dementia, gave a thought for the day from the perspective of living with the condition, and the need for communities to recognise and facilitate people living with Dementia.
The services include a tea of sandwiches and cake, where people enjoy one another’s company. This being a birthday party, there was also a rainbow cake which was cut by Bishop Ruth while the congregation sang ‘Happy Birthday 3rd Thursday’.
Reverend Sharon Eldergill, Associate Vicar of St Andrew’s, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “3rd Thursday is always special, but today’s service was even more so, being a celebration of two years since we first began.”
“During that time we have become a community within the community, where all are welcome, and those living with Dementia, their carers, and anyone else who would like to, come along and enjoy familiar songs and prayers, followed by sharing food together.”
“The congregation and team were delighted to welcome James, Andy, Lorna and Bishop Ruth to join with us in the service and celebrations, and their support for those living with Dementia is very much appreciated and greatly valued.”
3rd Thursday is open to all on the 3rd Thursday of each month, 2.30pm at St Andrew’s Church.