EMOTIONAL WELLNESS

The statistics are staggering: 1 out of every 4 adults in America will be affected by mental illness at some point in their lives. For those who are struggling with mental and emotional health concerns, you are not alone. Welcome to FPCB’s Emotional Wellness Ministry, a place of refuge, love, and compassion where you can well qualified Christian people offering confidential services and resources.

For help or information, please contact a pastor, or Trish Fritz, Deacon for Emotional Wellness. or call the church office at 610-867-5865. 

WORKSHOP

"The Language of Lament: Reaching Out to God in Life's Losses" - An Emotional Wellness Ministry Workshop
Saturday, May 20, 2017
8:00 a.m.--1:00 p.m.
Cost: $15

*Have you experienced a time when God felt absent due to your circumstances?

*Do you feel uncomfortable admitting and expressing your hurt and pain?

*Are you looking for ways to express your anguish in a loving, accepting environment?

*Do you want to learn how to transcend and redefine yourself apart from your suffering?

*Are recent changes at church causing you to experience sadness and loss?

CLICK HERE to register.

Your registration of $15.00 includes conference materials and a continental breakfast.

Registrations received after Sunday, May 14, 2017 will be priced at $15.00.  If you are in need of childcare, please request this no later than Sunday, May 14, 2017.
 


Lamenting is a way to worship God in the midst of our suffering.

Lament is about creating space for our pain to breathe.”  Michael Card; A Sacred Sorrow

Whether your losses are in relationships, employment, a home, health, death of loved ones, marriage, a church, betrayal, conflict, criminal act,…, you are invited to learn about and experience lament, to find God and transforming hope.

The workshop will be a half-day teaching and experiential break-out sessions focusing on the process of lamenting various losses in our lives.  Teaching will focus on experiencing God in the midst of grieving, learning how to view the process of lamenting, and how to assist people in the midst of loss.

Experiential workshops will include the use of prayer, journaling, movement, music, art, photo memory making, etc., to assist people with the process of lament.  

Continental breakfast will be served. 


RESOURCES

Click here to read a message from Kay Warren, wife of Pastor Rick Warren, as she offers insight into what can help with depression and the anguish of suicide.

Read about Emergency Assistance, Warning Signs & Prevention of Suicide in College Students
Watch the video from the 2012 Dismantling the Stigma of Depression Conference.
Watch the video from the 2013 Forgiveness Conference
Learn More about FPCB's Overcomers Outreach:  Christian 12-Step Addictions Support Group

Related Links of interest:
www.truthforwomen.org
www.nami.org


Church is the answer to our mental health crisis.
— Matt Stanford, Founder of Grace Alliance

SERVE OPPORTUNITIES

Do you have a heart for helping people afflicted with mental illness and their families? Be a part of breaking the silence and stigma by joining the Emotional Wellness Team. Get involved today!

Long Term Serve Opportunities:
We are looking for anyone with a background or interest in serving or supporting people with emotional health needs, especially those who might help expand the ministry to serve the needs of children, teens and parents by creating support groups.

Professional Resource Listing:
Counselors, Social Workers and other mental health professionals who would like to become part of the network of Christian therapists, school, or agency professionals, who are included on the list of professional resources.

Resource Network:
A network has been created, which currently includes:

  • licensed professional counselors
  • licensed social workers
  • school psychologists
  • school counselors
  • community providers of mental health services for adults, children, and families
  • a psychiatric nurse
  • a parish nurse
  • the facilitator of Prayer and Share Together (a support group for women who have loved ones struggling with emotional issues and also for those afflicted themselves.)

Additional providers are encouraged to contact team members if they would like to become part of the network team.

Contact Trish Fritz, Deacon for Emotional Wellness, at fritz.trish@gmail.com for details or to serve in any of these opportunities.

The suffering of mental illness, whether for the afflicted or for their families, is typically marked by isolation. Most people don’t think about the mental health of their neighbors and friends, and people sitting next to them at church on Sunday morning. But the truth is, mental illness is everywhere. The statistics tell us that virtually everyone has been affected by it to some degree — some through their own illness and more of us through the challenge of relating to someone with a disorder.
— Amy Simpson, Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission, 2013.