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: