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Members of Wem Cluster hosted the Circuit's first Dementia Friendly Church service in February.

Local Preacher, Susan Dutton, who led the service was attentive to the needs of the individual members of the congregation, for example placing hands on their shoulders as she walked among them during hymns.

Her opening prayers mentioned feelings of anxiety and nervousness that people might have been feeling having made the journey and found themselves in church. She reassured them of God's love and the sanctuary of the space. There was no preaching from the pulpit. Instead the steps leading to the altar became the seat from which Susan addressed the congregation, limiting the distance, as she shared a talk about the things people treasure. She had brought along some jewellery and her collection of treasured Coalport porcelain teacups. Adding the names of those present to her treasure display, she emphasised that all people are treasured by God.

A selection of hand-held instruments were available for those who wished to accompany a hymn.

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