Vienna Presbyterian Church has a vibrant Senior Adults ministry. This ministry provides a variety of programs to meet the spiritual, emotional, social and physical needs of the seniors in the church and the community. Through a variety of gatherings, trips, learning opportunities, and groups, as well as our care-giving ministries, VPC strives to encourage and support our valued seniors.
SWATT (Seniors with Available Time & Talent): Potluck and a Program, on the second Wednesday of each month from noon-2:00pm. No invitation necessary—just show up!
In addition to SWATT events, many of our seniors enjoy:
- CenterPoint Classes and trips
- Presbyterian Women’s Circles
- Engaging with Aging seminars—held in October
- Book Group
- Many Small Groups and classes. For the most current list of groups, see our Group Finder and select “Seniors” for Group Type or other applicable category (Men, Women, Couples, etc.)
To receive these services, please contact Charles Geschiere, the Director of Congregational Care, at Charles.firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.938.9050 x151.
- Visitation Team quarterly visits of the homebound and retirement home residents by caring Deacons
- Home Communion: served to Seniors—homebound/retirement homes/hospitalized—who are unable to make it to church for communion on Communion Sunday
- Visits in the hospital and at home
View/print the VPC guide entitled “Resources For Senior Adults“, which includes sections on Caregiver Support, Financial Counseling and Consumer Assistance, Food and Meals, Homecare, Home Maintenance and Home Repair/Adaptability, Housing, Social and Fellowship, Spiritual Guidance and Support, Transportation, General Information, News and Items of Interest.
View/print the Funeral-Memorial-Form. This form may be printed and filled-in offline, and retained with your important records. It lays out your wishes and provides information pertaining to funeral and/or a memorial service.
Seniors with Available Time and Talent (SWATT 60+)
This seniors fellowship ministry is a vibrant and active group open to all members and friends of Vienna Presbyterian Church 60 years and older. The goal of the senior community is to enhance the fellowship, spiritual enrichment, service, and general enjoyment of life of the seniors. There is no official membership and any church member or friend is invited to attend any event. This program was started in 1993.
Monthly Potluck Luncheons
Monthly Potluck lunches are held in VPC’s Great Hall at noon on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Bring a main dish, salad, vegetable, dessert, or whatever to share; drinks and paper products are provided. Reservations are not required and dress is informal; just come and bring a friend! Luncheons include a speaker, musical performance, or program of general interest.
What’s the SWATT potluck look like? Here’s what we do:
12:00-12:25 Hospitality with hors d’oeuvres
12:35-01:10 Potluck lunch (bring dish to share)
1:00-2:00 Speaker Program
2:00-2:30 Business meeting
Upcoming luncheon schedule and special guests:
Nov 9 – Margery Erickson, celebrated landscape gardener and lecturer
Dec 14 Annual Christmas Luncheon (11:30) – Clyde’s at Tyson’s Corners
Jan 11 – Eric (Ed) Murchison – Peru
Feb 8 – Brooke Stoddard –Invention of Steel
Mar 8 – Mike Hall – Mark Twain
Monthly Local Trips
Activities are varied, such as live performance, museum, or historical venue. Members pay their own way and for commercial bus transportation. For more information on the Senior’s SWATT group, contact SWATT at email@example.com or contact Charles Geschiere, Director of Congregational Care at Charles.firstname.lastname@example.org
Finding Christmas, VPC SWATT Christmas Show and Bus Trip
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Leave: Vienna Presbyterian Church, 8:45am; return around 6pm.
Lunch: We will stop enroute for lunch; buy or bring your own
Play: 1:30pm at West End Assembly of God Church, Richmond, Virginia
Tickets: $50, includes show/bus trip; all ticket sales are final. Please make checks payable to VPC with SWATT Christmas Show on memo line. Send to Betty Little in VPC office at 124 Park Street NE, Vienna, Va 22180.
Deadline: November 18, 2016
Questions: Mary Campbell, 703.772.6444
This year’s production of Finding Christmas is The West End Church’s 30th annual show. More than 25,000 will attend Nov 30 – Dec 11 shows enjoying a production cast of 350+ in festive costumes. The acclaimed stage production features inspiring acting, singing, musicians, and scenery; highlights include flying angels and Jesus’ appearance “in the sky” at the conclusion.
The plot: Everyone is looking for something on Christmas Eve 1962 in downtown Richmond. The streets are buzzing with shoppers scrambling for that special gift. Inside Miller & Rhodes eight year old Cody is hunting for a lost treasure and Santa’s Elf, Billie, is searching for her keys. When the store closes, locking both of them inside, their paths collide with Gabe, the night watchman. He takes them on a whacky adventure where fantasy characters come to life. Shepherds have lost their sheep, and the hope of all mankind is found in the manger.
Come and enjoy singing, dancing, laughter, lots of holiday joy, and some unexpected twists and turns on the journey towards Finding Christmas.