Pen Pal Ministry

connecting prime timers to preteens together


Who should participate?
Anyone who is interested in bridging the generation gap, and is a preteen or 65+, and wants to form a new friendship!  They should be interested in writing a letter or sending a card in the mail on a regular basis.

How often will I communicate with my Pen Pal?  
After signing up, participants will receive an email from the church when they’ve been assigned a Pen Pal. We suggest that the older Pal write first, and the younger Pal replies.  You and your Pal can write back and forth as often as you like!  If you aren’t hearing back from your Pal, please let us know so that we can check in and make sure everything is OK.

What should I write? 
Pen Pals can write quick notes or longer letters, or include drawings. Tell your Pal about yourself, and ask questions about them. Pray for your Pen Pal, and ask in each note if there’s anything specific (joy or concern) they’d like you to pray about.  Talk about your family, pets, hobbies and interests.  Share a favourite Bible verse or maybe what you enjoy about church.

Is it safe for my child to begin a friendship with an older person?
Friendships between young and old are often a beautiful gift to both. In this time of social distancing, these new friendships will provide a wonderful opportunity for connection. And rediscovering snail mail might be a refreshing change from screen time! Parents, you might decide to read notes from the older Pal with your child, or before your child. In the unlikely event that you become concerned about the friendship, please let us know as soon as possible.

Can I call or visit my Pen Pal in person?
No, not yet please. This program will use snail mail only for now. When it’s safe to gather again, we hope to have some sort of meet up, but for now let's stick to pen and paper.

What if I have questions or concerns? 
Contact Lisa at


Let’s grow closer while we are apart! Using good old-fashioned mail, we connect a prime timers with an ellerslie preteen!
How does Pen Pal Ministry work? Check out our FAQs.


Sign Up to be a preteen Pen Pal


Sign Up to be a primetime Pen Pal