Baptist seniors are in good company in Indianapolis. The city is home to hundreds of churches, including Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church, one of the largest in the nation. According to his 2014 listing of largest self-reported churches in the Southern Baptist Convention, speaker, and author Tom Rainer identified Emmanuel Missionary as having a weekly congregation of over 1,000 members.
Indianapolis also houses some of the most impressive faith-based medical care services in the country. Seniors can choose to receive care at a number of nonprofit hospitals with spirituality built into their mission like Methodist Hospital, Franciscan St. Francis Health, St. Vincent Health, or Kindred Speciality Hospital who offers specialty medical services to seniors. The Baptist community is alive and well in Indianapolis, and here are just a few ways that seniors can continue to worship in retirement.
There are dozens of independent living retirement communities to choose from in Indianapolis. Seniors search for a Baptist-friendly option can apply for residency at one of three communities run by Mount Zion Baptist Church including Andrews Gardens, Mt. Zion Apartments, or Mt. Zion Suburban Apartments. The conveniently located communities offer floor plans ranging in size from an efficiency to a two-bedroom apartment and offer on-site laundry services, a community room for socialization and activities, and more. Visit their website or call (317) 923-1523 for more information on how to apply.
Whether you’re in need of in-home care following a stay in the hospital, or you need help managing a chronic condition, there are services available through many providers in the area for homebound seniors. For example, Kindred Speciality Hospital offers a Kindred at Home program that covers a large continuum of care in the home. Medical, wound and rehabilitation care is available in the home through this program.
They also offer their Kindred at Home Personal Home Care Assistance program to assist aging seniors with activities of daily living by offering things like transportation to medical appointments, housekeeping, and companionship.
In Indianapolis, you’ll find over 100 different options for worship at Baptist churches in the area. Whether you’re searching for a church with large numbers of hundreds or even over 1,000 in attendance, or you prefer a smaller and more intimate congregation, there is an option for you. Many churches will have weekly services in languages other than English, so if that is a requirement be sure to search for those who host Spanish, Korean, Portuguese and Japanese services.
Seniors can interact with their peers and attend events, bible studies, and go on mission trips specific to them through programs offered at many churches in the area. For example, Colonial Hills Baptist Church offers a Senior Saints Ministries program for adults ages 55 and up. Their program includes ministry to peers and younger generations, along with lots of fun get-togethers like luncheons, trips to the ballpark, and more.
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