1 in 4 Americans annually experiences mental health issues, yet less than one-third receives appropriate care. The Christian Citizen provides insights for people with mental illnesses.
This newsletter from Mental Health Ministries includes information and resources for faith leaders, family members and friends and who may find the holidays a difficult time.
These ideas give brief, clear, helpful guidance for ministering with people affected by disabilities, especially pastors, elders, deacons, and care team members.
Through the apostle Paul, God paints a vision for his people in 1 Corinthians 12 as one body, together in Christ. No one excludes another. (The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!”) No one self-excludes.
United Way in the U.S. and in Canada has done magnificent work compiling extensive, up-to-date, and user friendly databases of local agencies and resources in both countries.
A guidebook to help congregations care for people dealing with disabilities and other long-term needs.
Here's a list of some of our favorite on-line sites for mental health. The variety is great, there is bound to be something that will offer help for you, your church or your church leadership.
Dear Heavenly Lord,
We come tonight, to praise your Holy Name. We rejoice at the community of believers gathered here. We praise you that each one of us brings a different gift, or fragrant offering, that pleases you.
Created in Your image we spill coffee.
Created in Your image we lose our memories. . . .
Everybody belongs. Everybody serves.
Most churches are very good at helping people through short-term crises such as accidents and illnesses. But churches have more
trouble dealing with someone who is not going to “get better.”
The author of Hebrews tells us that Jesus was “made like his brothers and sisters in every way” (2:17, TNIV). But can almighty God truly understand human limitations, even long-term limitations we call disabilities? At advent and Christmas especially we wonder at the mystery and meaning of Christ's incarnation.
The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship has a variety of resources available for ministry to those living with disabilities.
Susie Angel talks about the rejection and the welcome she experienced in churches as a person with cerebral palsy. She says, "God needed me for a purpose to be the way I am, that purpose was to teach able bodied people that it was okay to be different."
Learn how to communicate with people with disabilities. These one- or two-minute videos show how to improve and ease communication.
Are you planning a Disability Worship Service? Wondering what to do? Perhaps setting up a panel discussion as part of the message will work for you and your church!
An extensive list of books about disabilities and the Christian Community.
A responsive reading
This litany celebrates our unity in Christ through words and through the action of weaving ribbons into loose fabric, creating a wonderfully diverse tapestry.
A responsive reading.
To offer at a Disability Awareness Sunday
We should celebrate the Lord's Supper till Christ comes again. If we exclude people with disabilities who belong with us, we will be in danger of getting ourselves excluded when the real feast begins.
Christianity teaches the following:
God the Father made all people.He made humanity, we believe, in his own image.
God the Son ministered to and associated with all the people he encountered without distinction.
God the Holy Spirit is here right now, equipping all his people for service.
Here's a one-page newsletter insert or poster to hang to give people simple, practical ideas for inclusion.