Sunday is 17th January 2021 is being allocated as Well-being Sunday- a day for looking at how we might enhance our well-being. January can be a difficult time of year after the excitement of Christmas and New Year, Christmas bills are coming in, those resolutions may be wearing thin and the short days, long dark nights, poor weather can reduce our motivation and energy levels. This year we have additional anxieties with the prospect of more Lockdowns, more isolation and economic uncertainty with the impact of both COVID and Brexit.

It is well known that Lockdown has had a negative impact on many people’s mental health. Perhaps you used the Tearfund’s Re-Booted series to explore the impact of Lockdown on your congregation. Recognising the impact of stresses on our mental health is very much more in the public domain and people are talking about their own mental health much more openly. As a church we need to be part of this conversation, but where do we start, and can we offer anything to help? Perhaps a good starting place is to use some Sunday service time to consider how our faith interacts with our well-being. Hence the idea of having a Well-being Sunday in January as a proactive response to a difficult time of year.

The suggestions below for Well-being Sunday focus on enhancing general well-being rather than trying to address serious challenges to mental health. However, it is a starting place for talking about emotional well-being as part of our mental health. We do realise that you might already have a preaching and teaching program in place, and this might be too short notice! If so, we would really encourage you to focus on Mental Health and Well-being at another convenient time. You might want to include some of the resources at the end of this document in your church notice sheet to signpost people to websites and other local resources available.

Here are a range of materials to help you develop a Well-being Sunday Service:

Enhance our Well-being

How we can develop our emotional resilience and enhance well-being

Service Content

Ideas for the content of a Well-being Sunday service including a sermon

Prayers

Suggestions for prayers and how you might use them in a Well-being Sunday Service

Resources

Easy access resources to support a Well-being Sunday in Lockdown