When Isolation and the Church Intersect

By Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor

Loneliness is big problem in our culture, in our society, in our country. You don’t have to look at research to uncover this trend. All you really have to do is pay attention and ask questions. It isn’t only among the elderly. Younger and younger people feel lonely. Is the reason because social media and technology have led us to become more isolated? Is this isolation leading to fewer people attending church regularly?

To look at the topic of loneliness in America, I checked with Barna Group, a research company focused on faith and culture. Here’s what Barna found.

A lot of us struggle with loneliness.

Who are the lonely? It turns out millennials are four times more likely to feel lonely than the elderly.

I found this statistic very telling.

Nearly seven out of ten people say they would call on someone other than a family member to help in an emergency. This is where the church can come in. By getting to know one another, we become the fill-in family. We become the ones others call on in times of need. We must be to all the center of compassion and care.

How do we do that? We do it by coming to church, getting involved in Next Level Innovation teams, and seeing church as more than just a Sunday morning one-hour commitment. Church can and should be a community where everyone feels safe, welcomed and valued. That’s how Jim, Keith and I see Trinity. Won’t you join us?

Graphics and statistics: Barna Group, barna.com.


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Trinity United Methodist Church is located in McLean, VA. Our weekly worship services are on Sundays at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and on Wednesdays at noon. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. for children and adults. Children up to 6th grade are also invited to Children's Education during the 10:30 service. Adult Bible Study also occurs on Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Please visit our website for more information.

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