Back to All Events

Aging Matters - Finding your calling for the rest of your life

A course over nine sessions at St Mary Islington, beginning 3 October 2018

Vocational discernment, says R. Paul Stevens, is a lifelong process ― and it takes on even more significance in later life. He argues that our calling does not end with formal retirement; to the contrary, he maintains that we do well to keep on working, if possible, till life’s end.

Join us to explore matters of calling, spirituality, and legacy in retirement, showing that we must continue to discern our vocation as we grow older in order to remain meaningfully engaged for the rest of our lives. This course reframes “retirement” as a time of continued calling and productivity and points to biblical wisdom about turning aging into an extraordinarily fruitful season of life.

Participants will need to commit to reading a chapter of the book, Aging Matters, before each session. To book a place on the course and to purchase the book (cost £11), contact Simon Harvey at

Course programme

Part one - Calling

3 October - Reframing retirement

10 October - The immensely important matter of late-life calling

24 October - Late-life calling and the people of God

Part two - Spirituality

31 October - Aging as a spiritual journey

7 November - The vices of aging

14 November - The virtues of late life

Part three - Legacy

21 November - Leaving a multi-faceted legacy

5 December - Life review and life preview

12 December - The end that is the beginning

Aging Matters offers informed perspective, guidance, hope ― and a powerful Christian vision for personal and spiritual growth.

Earlier Event: September 18
Mary's Youth Club Open House event
Later Event: October 21
20s and 30s group is up and running