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 Mental Health and Wellbeing Focus for Autumn 2020

Online Mental Health and Wellbeing events throughout the Autumn

Please keep coming back to check to discover new events and resources

(All events are in date order)


These events are offered as part of the Bishop of Derby's Harvest Appeal 2020

You can find out more about the appeal here - please support it in anyway you can.


 Creative Arts and Wellbeing - Evidence and Ideas from Karen Herrick  



Information and Resources


Christian Meditation with Reverend Tony Luke 

In these three recordings on Youtube,Tony demonstrates the practice of sitting meditation and then guides you through some meditation exercises to help you unwind, relax and focus on the present rather than worry about the future.

Still Centre Meditation: Find it here

Sphere of Light Meditation: Find it here

Canvas of Sounds Meditation: Find it here


Renew Wellbeing:Setting up quiet shared spaces where it’s ok not to be ok in your community

Monday 2nd November 2.30 - 4.00pmBOOK NOW

About this Event

This online session will be led by Ruth Rice: Founder and Director of Renew Wellbeing, a national charity based In Nottingham
'This webinar will look at the experience we have had over the last 5 years helping churches set up wellbeing spaces based on 3 principles:

Be present; Be prayerful; Be in partnership

We will explore what wellbeing looks like and what habits we can share between church and community in simple, safe, sustainable spaces.'
You will also hear the story of how the charity started out of Ruth’s own broken story and how God can show up in our vulnerability. There will be time for Q and A.



Care of Mind, Care of Soul - an online reading group

Five zoom sessions Thursdays 2:00-3:15pm from the 5th November – 3rd December. Please book in for each session.  BOOK NOW

An online reading group to reflect upon how we might integrate insights from psychology into the practice of spiritual direction.

Those joining the group will need to purchase a copy of Gerald G May’s ‘Care of Mind Care of Soul: A Psychiatrist Explores Spiritual Direction’, 1982 or 1992 Harper Collins.


Managing Anxiety and Trauma Using Christian Principles

Online workshop on Thursday 5th November at 10am - BOOK NOW

Only 30 places available!

An interactive workshop exploring Christian practices to help manage anxiety.

Anxiety is a natural response to trauma. Michele Hampson leads an interactive workshop where we explore Christian practices to try, and to share with others.


The Largest Untapped Mission Field - Turning Rhetoric into Reality

Tuesday 10th November 10.30 - BOOK NOW

A practical session on mental health and wellbeing and a chance to learn about the work of Sports Chaplaincy UK with Warren Evans, CEO of Sports Chaplaincy, Chair of GCSA, and Chair of Bradford Bulls Foundation.


Interconnected-Mental, Physical and Spiritual health in a disabling society

Wednesday 11th November  2 - 3.30pm - BOOK NOW

This online session will be led by Tim Rourke, a Church Army evangelist who is a disabled person with personal experience of physical and mental health conditions.

The session will look at how physical and mental impairments often relate to one another and contribute to the other and look at how people manage their day to day life as disabled people. It will also look at how Christians can reflect God’s love for disabled people in their welcome and church life.


The Theology of Wellbeing

Saturday 14th November 10 - 11.30am -  BOOK NOW

Wellbeing is commonly viewed as a secular concept, despite the Bible describing how we can live well and be content in all circumstances.

In this introductory session we explore what the Bible has to say and its significance for discipleship and mission.

Only 30 places available


Mental Health Manifesto for Churches

Monday 30th November 2 - 3.30pm BOOK NOW

This online Zoom session will present the manifesto and provide space to discuss it.

The mental health manifesto is a statement of intent to prioritise mental health and has 6 core standards to help organisations make it a priority.

From inclusion to measuring wellbeing, the mental health manifesto asks the church to pay attention to what and how they do things so that people might flourish and bring their whole selves.

We’ll then explore what we already do within our church tradition that may enable and promote good mental health and how we might hone them or deliver them with human flourishing in mind.



We are fully committed to helping every member grow in their understanding and experience of faith so that each of us can more confidently engage in our communities and serve a world so desperately in need of God’s Good News.

The Learning in Faith programme offers a broad and varied series of learning opportunities that are suitable for anyone to come along and enjoy.  You'll find sessions on everything from prayer, fresh expressions and community engagement to social media, vocations and making connections with schools.

Have a look at what is on offer and see how these courses can support your church's plans for 2020 and beyond.  Many of the sessions are perfect for a small group from a church to attend together- come along, learn and take that learning back to your church.  

People who attended Learning in Faith sessions in 2019 said:

'A useful, joy-filled, exciting, simple exploration of the course. The passion for the subject matter was infectious.'

'All Learning in Faith sessions have been extremely helpful.'

'Really enjoyable day. Back to basics, helped me have clarity on what I have been feeling. Kind, friendly and welcoming.'

'Great opportunity for me as a church leader to bring my PCC, and having an external person presenting enabled us to consider things in a less pressured way.'

 Sign-up now and find out for yourself.  EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

Our Course Categories - courses to explore

Mission, Evangelism and Discipleship - Living our faith and sharing it with others

Spirituality and Prayer- Connecting with God

Community - Seeking to actively engage with all

Communication - Spreading the word

Vocations - Responding to God's call

Churchwarden and Officer Training - Resourcing for church roles

Children's and Youth Work - Engaging with young people

'Good to Go' - Ready-made courses you can start right now! 


See all our courses in date order (on Eventbrite)


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