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Stephen Ministry: The Sanctuary Course

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In January 2020, Stephen Ministry will be hosting a course developed by Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries. Clergy from the Vancouver area founded Sanctuary in 2012, in order to equip the church to make a difference in the lives of individuals struggling with mental health problems. The ministry continues this mission by raising awareness and providing faith-based educational resources and training to promote mental wellness.

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, all Canadians will be affected by mental health problems at some point in their lives, either through experience or through the diagnosis of a relative or friend. In fact, one in five Canadians faces a mental health problem every year. Mental health issues are increasingly prevalent within our society. Perhaps you are looking for ways to support a loved one, or perhaps you are in search of answers for yourself. Either way, you want to better understand the complex dynamics of mental health.

There is more to it than just understanding, however. As Christians, we want to discover the role faith has in mental health and hear what God, scripture, and the church have to say regarding the unique challenges and experiences of mental health problems. The Sanctuary Course is designed to assist you in this process of discovery.

Over the last several years, Stephen Ministers have come alongside Care Receivers experiencing a mental health challenge such as depression and extreme anxiety. Currently, our Stephen Ministers are being prepared to offer this course to our congregation. Our plan is to offer The Sanctuary Course beginning on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 for eight consecutive Tuesdays, between 7–8:30PM. The cost of the course is $10.

For more information about this course, visit the Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries website. If you are interested in attending, click here, or sign up in person at the Spotlight Table this Sunday, October 20th. Registration will close December 13th.

Posted by Doug Thomson