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It's not uncommon today to report on 'niche' churches designed to reach the young or the unchurched. But in our rapidly fragmenting, heavy-on-the-youth-emphasis society, some say there's also a need for churches aimed at the needs of the elderly.

After nine years of searching, Hannah Baker has discovered a church where it's OK to be gray-haired and a little hard of hearing. It's a new congregation for people older than 50. The Senior Church of the Grand Strand, Columbia, SC, is drawing older people curious about a congregation geared to their needs.

"A lot of churches want our money, but then treat us like that's all we can contribute," says Baker, 72, who lives in nearby Garden City, SC, "We're older, but we're not dead."

Senior churches flourish in roughly a dozen retirement communities across the co...