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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)

 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


Poetry for Health -Thinking about poetry as a resource - a podcast chat with the opportunity for live comments

Tuesday 29th September 7.30 - 8.30pm - BOOK NOW

This podcast chat features the Reverend Sam Tredwell, Vicar of St John's,Long Eaton and Stella Collishaw, the Diocese of Derby's Community Action Officer talking about some poems that they like; why they are helpful for mental health, plus some suggestions of where to look for resources.


Walk - Prayer Walk- Pilgrimage - A Prayer Walking Workshop

Wednesday 7th October 2.30-4pm on Zoom - BOOK NOW

A chance to explore together how we might use a traditional means of prayer and journey in perhaps different and new ways.

What is Prayer Walking. (If you have never experienced it)

• Tools that might be useful in planning.

• Prayer Walking through lockdown.

• Digital Prayer Walking.

• Walking in Prayer

• Pilgrimage in your own back yard.


Loneliness Matters 

Saturday 10th October 2-3.30pm via Zoom - BOOK NOW

Mother Teresa said, '‘Of all the diseases I have known, loneliness is the worst’.

During this afternoon session we will look at loneliness, the impact that it has and what the Bible says about it.

People actively involved in local church projects to help alleviate the effects of loneliness will talk about what they are doing, how they got started and the impact that their work is having.


‘Love redeems Suffering: An Overview of the Church's Ministry of Healing.’

Monday 12th October  2-3pm  - BOOK NOW

Neil Braodbent from the Sozein Trust gives an introduction into seemingly forgotten aspects of how God heals today through ordinary folk.


Growing in God's Life

Thursday 15th October

Please note- this event has now been transferred online and has been split into two sessions on the same day

The two sessions will be connected so, if possible, it is best if you sign up for both, but if you can only manage one of them, we'd still love to see you.

If you have previously booked a place you will automatically be booked onto both sessions.

Session 1 - Thursday 15th October 10.30am -12pm - BOOK NOW
Session 2 - Thursday 15th October 1 - 2.30pm - BOOK NOW

Drawing on biblical imagery of growth within the natural world, this day with author Chris Chapman will explore four recurring movements within spiritual development:

• Becoming rooted and grounded in God

• Emerging into being in response to God’s invitation

• Struggling towards abundance through resistance

• Bearing fruit and being willing to fall

These are four movements, not stages. They are seasons that meet us afresh within a lifetime of growing, stirring us once more into abundant life. Jesus, the teller of parables, invites us to hold the mystery of creation in mind and heart, like seed in the hand of the sower. ‘Look,’ he says. ‘See what happens if you are grounded in God’s good soil. Behold the wonder of who you are and what you might become.’

This day is for all wanting to understand the movements of the Spirit in their own lives and those involved in accompanying others.


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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