High Street Baptist Church - Tring
Links and resources
We hope you find some of these links and resources helpful.
One in six of us will experience a common mental disorder during our life time. High Street Baptist Church values the whole person, including their mental wellbeing and we want to do something to support people and promote wellbeing. We echo the words of Ephesians 3:16 which say
‘I pray that out of his glorious riches
he may strengthen you with
power through his Spirit
in your inner being.’
Over the coming months we will be offering opportunities to explore this topic with workshops, creative sessions and talks. More details coming soon.
The Big Church Read
Being busy is often seen as a sign of strength and admired by our society. However, busy-ness can cause us to move away from God and neglect our own wellbeing. This book offers guideance on ‘How to stay emotionally healthy and spiritually alive in the chaos of the modern world’.
Find out more about the Big Church Read, and how to sign up, by clicking on the icon.
Back to school
As we approach the end of what has been a very long break, our children and young people will be turning their thoughts to returning to school. Anxiety will be high and families struggling to manage it. Issues that have been hidden in lockdown may be on view once again. Issues that weren’t there pre-lockdown may have emerged during it! The Mental Health Foundation has produced this handy guide (click on image) for parents and carers that’s short but has lots of links to help for specific issues which may help some of your families or children and youth workers.
5 Ways to Wellbeing
There are 5 ways to wellbeing that are proven to make a real difference to our mental health. They are promoted by the NHS as well as mental health organisations all over the world. The 5 ways to wellbeing – Be active, Connect, Keep learning, Give, Take notice – are small actions which when incorporated into your daily life can make you feel good, and feeling good is an important part of being healthy. Read more about the 5 ways to wellbeing by clicking on the icon.
Ruth Rice works for Renew Wellbeing visiting churches, delivering training and supporting sustainability. Ruth has a background in teaching and Baptist church ministry and is passionate about seeing churches turn themselves and their great habits of welcome, care and prayer inside out to reduce isolation and increase wellbeing in every community. During lockdown Ruth has been posting short ‘daily doses’ to help guide us to wellbeing.
Baptist Minister and psychotherapist Shaun Lambert led this webinar ‘Managing stress and anxiety’ on Wednesday 1 April at 1pm. During the talk he recommended the following resources:
Introducing Christian Mindfulness by Richard H H Johnston
A Book of Sparks: A study in Christian MindFullness by Shaun Lambert
Mindfulness. A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world by Mark Williams.
The Mind and Soul Foundation site contains many useful articles and resources.
The Mind and Soul Foundation state, ‘We believe in a God who loves us AND cares about our emotional and mental health. Our faith and emotions are often kept separate. Mental health is rarely discussed in churches and Christian spirituality is seen as having little to offer the world of psychology. We want to bridge that gap.’
Scripture Union’s Mental Health and Wellbeing resources are intended to help you engage children and young people in supportive and helpful conversation around the challenges that a child or young person may be facing. Their Mental Health Suite has been endorsed by the Mental Health Foundation.
The Church of England has produced 13 daily mental health reflections which take a biblical reflection each day and then include ‘have a go habits’ each day to boost wellbeing.
This resource has been specifically adapted for the current pandemic and is partially written by Ruth Rice from Renew Wellbeing.
These links provide more information about how to access support.
N.H.S. Single Point of Access 03007770707
Nightlife Crisis Service 01923256391
Carers UK 02073784999