The Sanctuary Course
by The Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries
The purpose of The Sanctuary Course is to raise awareness and start conversations in local churches regarding mental health. The Sanctuary Course is intended for educational purposes only and the information provided is not a substitute for medical or therapeutic advice.
The Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries wrote the Sanctuary Course. Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries is a faith-based Canadian non-profit, rooted in the Christian tradition. Sanctuary began in 2012 with a dream to address the gap between Church, faith, and mental health.
It exists to empower the Church to engage in mental health ministries in a way that is mindful of clinical research, theological practice, and lived experience.
It helps to develop tools, training, and resources that will enable the Church to be a sanctuary--a safe place for people suffering in their mental health. The course is the culmination of years of research, and draws from many sermons, workshops and seminars that have been deliver to churches across Canada.
Visit their website, www.sanctuarymentalhealth.org
"At Sanctuary it is our belief that the Church has a central role to play in promoting mental wellness and mental health recovery. 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. The teachings and spirit of Christ are central to the vision, mission, and values of Sanctuary."
This course is for . . .
• People with questions about mental health • Mental health professionals with a wealth of knowledge to share • Leaders who want to engage their community in mental health conversations • People supporting loved ones with mental health problems • People living with mental health problems
Over the course of 8 sessions you will be introduced to research, resources, and language to help you reframe the subject of mental health as you look at it from the psychological, the social, and the theological perspectives.
Join us at Gilmour Memorial Baptist Church, 2083 Chemong Road, Selwyn ON, Tuesdays at 7pm starting on February 25th. Registration is required. The cost is $40, and includes Coffee, Tea, Snacks and the Sanctuary Workbook. Unfortunately, this location is not wheelchair accessible.
We are also starting a Sanctuary Mental Health Support Group - This will be a support group for anyone in our church and other churches who are struggling with mental health problems. We will meet once a month, on the last Thursday of every month, for one hour, at Gilmour Baptist Church at 7:00pm. Starting on November 28, 2019. Registration is not required for attendance at this support group.