‘Oasis’ – worship with a difference

A message from Ely Methodist Church about a new service specially designed for congregations members with dementia.

Like many other organisations, we at Ely Methodist Church have been asking how we can make our premises and our approach more accessible for those with a large range of needs. We have the usual ramps, accessible toilets, hearing loops and the like.

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But in recent years we have been made more aware of the needs of those living with various forms of dementia. In January we heard from carers and individuals living with dementia about some of the ways we could become a more welcoming place. We are exploring better signage. We are thinking about the language we use and the way we communicate and we are trying to meet some of the social and spiritual needs of individuals. We are delighted that ‘Sing! Together’, a choir for those living with Dementia, now meets in our premises.


We realise that our regular worship is often too long, too noisy and too unstructured for those living with Dementia. So once a month we are holding ‘Oasis’ a short act of worship with more traditional wording, a couple of hymns and a short reflection. This is not just for those living with Dementia but for anyone who prefers a shorter time of worship.

Do come and join us at Ely Methodist Church at 11.30am on the Third Thursday of the month – July 19th is the next one, and our Thursday Lunch follows at 12noon for those who would like to stay a while. If you want to know more please contact Teresa Ely (01353 666905).

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