EQUIPPING THE CHURCH
TO SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH
AND WELLBEING

FREE RESOURCES ON COVID-19

Faith, Grief, and COVID-19: A Conversation is a resource that addresses the questions so many of us are facing during this pandemic: How do we understand and process grief as people of faith? How can we support vulnerable and grieving members of our community while practicing physical distancing? Where can we find hope and joy in this season?

Four short films feature insights from a panel of experts with knowledge and experience in the fields of counselling, psychology, theology, and palliative care.

The films are accompanied by a discussion guide with questions, reflections, and prayers—ideal for use in small groups. The guide also offers tips for facilitation, best practices for online meetings, and links to further resources on mental health and COVID-19.

Deeply Rooted: A wellbeing resource for leaders during Coronavirus

Deeply Rooted: A Wellbeing Resource for Leaders during Coronavirus is designed to allow you to reflect on self-care in the midst of a season that may feel overwhelming, exhausting, and isolating. There are many challenges to mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical wellbeing right now. This resource will help you recognise the risk of burnout, invite you to connect with your experience, and encourage you to implement practical steps toward wellbeing.

Deeply Rooted can be read individually or used as a discussion guide with small groups. It can be completed at one time or in a series of sessions. Groups may elect to read the content in advance of (virtually) gathering in order to preserve greater time for the discussion questions; or they may read through the content together, engage with fewer questions, and then feedback on the process at a later date.

“Faith, Grief and Covid-19 has proved to be an outstanding resource. This is a very timely, thoughtful contribution to our life of ministry together. The use of expert contributors adds richness and relevance to exploring the losses we face—it has prepared our own hearts and has equipped us to better serve the needs of those in the wider community.”

Rev. Simon Taylor, St. George’s, Wembdon, Somerset

“Understanding and responding to experiences of mental health and mental health challenges is profoundly important for both Church and society. And yet, there seem to be relatively few voices and initiatives that really seek to engage with the issues both theologically and practically. Sanctuary Ministries is one of those prophetic voices that calls our attention to important things and seeks to equip God’s people to be the kind of healing community that they are intended to be. The work of this organisation is invaluable.”

Rev. Dr. John Swinton, Sanctuary Ambassador

Chair in Divinity and Religious Studies, University of Aberdeen
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ABOUT SANCTUARY UK

“Sanctuary offers training, tools, and resources to equip the Church to be a sanctuary for all people, at all stages of their mental wellness journeys.”

Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries is a Christian charity that equips the Church to support mental health and wellbeing.
 
Having formed a number of fruitful partnerships with UK organisations working in the intersection of mental wellbeing and faith over the last two years, we are excited to now have a branch of Sanctuary operating in the UK. Our plan is to complement the ongoing work in the UK to grow healthier communities.
 
Sanctuary was founded in Canada in 2012. The primary tool we offer, The Sanctuary Course, launched in 2018 and has been used in churches across the world. This eight-session course for small groups explores mental health from psychological, social, and theological perspectives. The course includes discussion guides, and films featuring psychologists and theologians as well as people who share their lived experiences with mental health challenges. 

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CORIN PILLING, UK NATIONAL DIRECTOR

Corin joins the Sanctuary Team as our National Director in the UK. He is based in London and is working to connect with charities, non-profits, and churches across the UK to form partnerships, collaborate in the intersection of mental health and faith, and bring resources like The Sanctuary Course to help meet the needs of churches and communities. 

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