A new free resource to support wellbeing
in our churches this Christmas



Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries is offering a free resource this Christmas. Finding Light In the Deepest Dark is designed to encourage our faith at a time when it may feel most challenged. Join us on a journey to lament our losses, connect with the events of the year, and find gifts in the midst of hardship as we look forward with hope.

This resource offers an opportunity to reflect on 2020, give and receive support, and prepare for the Christmas season through Scripture, art, music, and dialogue. It is perfect for small group or individual use, and the facilitation is Zoom-friendly.

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“For many, the prevailing experience of 2020 has been one of hardship and loss. And yet, the hopeful message of Christmas is that God is with us. Finding Light invites us to draw together as we face the losses and find a way to look forward in hope.”

Finding Light in the Deepest Darkness is a beautiful and gentle invitation to acknowledge our thoughts and feelings as we draw near Christmas. It builds on the biblical tradition of lament—dwelling in the darkness, expressing our worries and anguish, yet knowing that God holds us within it. A perfect resource for Advent.”

Rev. Dr. Isabelle Hamley, Sanctuary Ambassador

Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Lambeth Palace; Visiting Fellow, King’s College, London; Prebendary, Stall of Broomesbury, St. Paul’s Cathedral


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 announce the launch of Sanctuary 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. 

“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.”


Corin is joining the Sanctuary Team as our National Director in the UK. He is based in London and will be 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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Click here to learn more and get the resource.


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