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Mental Health Ministry Team News

Mental Health Ministry Team logoThis page is dedicated to collecting news stories related to the Mental Health Ministry Team.

The Team seeks to include all our members and friends in the life of the church including those who are affected by mental illness, to provide opportunities to reduce stigma for those with mental health challenges, to share our stories, to educate ourselves around these issues and to remind us that we are loved as children of God, just as we are.

Mental illness can affect persons of any age, race, religion, gender identity or socioeconomic status. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that 18% of all U.S. adults experience a mental illness (ranging from no or mild impairment to significantly disabling impairment) in a given year. People affected by mental illness include our church members, our friends and families, and ourselves, as well as all the people who support those experiencing mental illness. But stigma exists around these issues. Persons with mental health issues often experience isolation, shame, silence, denial and discrimination.

To get involved, contact Parish Nurse Robin Kempster.

 

At the First Church Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 3, the congregation voted unanimously to become a Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive and Engaged (WISE

At the First Church Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 2, the congregation will vote on becoming a Welcoming, Incl

First Church is partnering with City of Refuge UCC in Oakland and Pacific School of Religion (PSR) to host the WISE Congregations for Ment

Companionship Training is being given again on January 27, 2019.

On Sunday, January 13, Nancy DeNero will talk about Emotional Support Animals (along with her Yorkie Frances) and the Federal law

Starting Saturday, January 19, 2019, First Church member Nancy DeNiro will offer another 9-week series of 3-hour classes on Mindful Self-C

On Sunday, December 9, come to further explore the possibility of First Church becoming a Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive and Engaged (WISE) Congregation for Mental Health

The Companionship Team has been meeting since this spring to prepare to launch Companioning at church. September 9 is “Companionship Roll-

First Church member Kerrie Hein presented a series of five seminars on Mental Health Promotion.

The Mental Health Ministry continues to move forward as we explore becoming a WISE (Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive and Engaged) Congregation for Mental Health

The Mental Health Promotion program on Mindfulness that was to take place on Sunday, July 8 has been postponed until August 12.

May 27, 2018, is Mental Health Sunday at First Church and throughout the United Church of Christ (UCC).

On Sunday, August 12 (note change in date), First Church member Kerrie Hein will present the fifth in a series of six monthly seminars on Mental Health Pro

The Mental Health Spiritual Support Group will meet on Sunday, June 17 from 11:45 am – 1 pm in Durant House. 

On Sunday, January 14, First Church member Kerrie Hein will present the first of a series of six monthly sessions on

The Mental Health Ministry Team will be meeting on Sunday, December 10, 11:45 am–1 pm in Durant House.

What’s all this talk about mental health? Does it seem like something has changed in the last few decades?

First Church member Kerrie Hein will provide an introduction to the Mental Health Promotion Seminars on Sunday, December 3 from 11:45 – 1

The Mental Health Ministry Team will meet on Sunday, November 12, 2017 from 11:45 am – 2 pm in Room 6 EBSB.

1/5/18  Note change of location

Everyone is invited to attend a planning meeting for our new Mental Health Hospitality/ Companionship Team on September 24 from 11:45 am –

The Mental Health Spiritual Support Group meets this Sunday, November 19, 11:45 am–1 pm in Durant House.

Would you like to build your emotional strength and resilience for these challenging times?

The Mental Health Ministry Team will be meeting on Sunday, September 10 from 11:30 am – 1 pm in Durant House.

The Mental Health Ministry Team continues this fall with activities to support its goals of seeking to include all

As a reminder, since Rev.

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First Church welcomes Rev. Alan Johnson as it's special guest preacher and leader on Saturday–Sunday, May 20-21 for the church's first Mental Health Weekend. He will preach on Sunday, followed by a Learning Hour discussion and also meet with all interested congregation members on Saturday morning.

The Mental Health Ministry Team will be meeting on Sunday, April 9 from 11:30 am–1 pm in the Adult Library.

The Mental Health Ministry Team will meet on Sunday, March 12, 11:30 am–1 pm in th

The Mental Health Ministry Team will be meeting on Sunday, February 12 from 11:30 am – 1 pm in the Adult Library.

Robin Kempster, RN and Parish Nurse, and the Mental Health Ministry Team share some thoughts on the challenges of the hol

The Mental Health Ministry Team will meet this Sunday, December 11, 11:30 am?1 pm in the Adult Library.

Are you supporting a family member with mental health challenges? Do you have a mental health concern or diagnosis?