St. Columba's Episcopal Church

Older Adult Ministries

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Photo: “Our 2016 Senior Celebrations Honorees, Anona & Wayne Fowler with many supporters.”  Read their story>

Our parish has a very large older adult population–about 400 adults aged 70 years or older. We look to our seniors for their wisdom and experience, and their knowledge of the history of St. Columba's. Many of these members have made major contributions of their time, talents and resources in virtually every ministry of our parish. Many continue to serve at the Washington National Cathedral, Iona Senior Services and countless other organizations.  For more information contact: Older Adult Ministries.

Need Help with the Challenges and Opportunities of Aging?

Iona Senior Services

Founded in 1975 by St. Columba's and three other faith communities, Iona is a nonprofit organization that offers community-based programs and services to help people age well and live well. Serving older adults and families, Iona provides information, referrals, caregiver consultation, care management, caregiver support groups and respite options. They also provide interesting and helpful educational opportunities. For more information call (202) 895-9448 or visit:

Seabury Resources for Aging

Formerly known as Episcopal Senior Ministries, Seabury provides personalized, affordable services and housing options to help older adults, caregivers and their families. Seabury provides in-home assessments, care planning and service coordination, as well as operates Friendship Terrace, a seniors' residence adjacent to St. Columba's. For further information call (202) 364-0020 or visit:

Creative Aging Network

The Creative Aging Network (CAN) is a parish group that meets monthly for discussions, both spiritual and secular, related to the ever-changing issues of life for those 60 years old and older. CAN aims to help its members live gracefully and well, continuing to share their time and talents in the parish and the community. Meeting topics have included: Senior living and downsizing, stages of religious development, favorite books and keeping friends and making new ones. For more information, visit the CAN webpage. Contact: Cynthia Hoover

Celebration of Seniors at the National Cathedral

Each year, the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and Seabury Resources for Aging host a service at the Washington National Cathedral to honor the contributions of older adults to their parishes and communities. St. Columba's is especially blessed to have so many seniors who have given so much over the years. This year our honorees were Anona and Wayne Fowler (pictured above) “pillars of our church” who have given decades of service since arriving at St. Columba's in the 1970s. Read their story>

Inter-generational Opportunities

Teach Sunday School

Our program year is divided into four units and volunteers serve on teaching teams for units that are about eight or nine Sundays during the year. There is experienced staff support and resources that help teachers feel confident and prepared. For further information contact Pattie Ames.

Volunteer with the Nursery School

The “Wise and Wonderful” program for older volunteers is fun way to spend time with the youngest members of our parish family. Nursery school staff is quite flexible about the arrangement, so you could volunteer on a regular basis or just occasionally. For further information contact Julia Berry

Technology Challenged?

Do your email, cell phone or other electronic devices have minds of their own? Come to a St. C's Technology Session where our tech-savvy youth are committed to helping our older Columbans develop relevant skills. Contact Peter Whelan and Carole Spurgin.

Need a Ride to Church or Want to Offer a Ride?

Getting to church can be a challenge if transportation is difficult. We are exploring a system to provide rides to church for those who need it. If you need a ride, or if you can offer one, please contact Norma Dugger or Nan North

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