Community outreach: Poor mental health, isolation, and overburdened, under-resourced mental
health services present a real and growing problem in the UK; and we as churches have a major part
to play in supporting and helping those who struggle in this way.
Renew Wellbeing offers a wonderfully simple model to help us serve and reach out to our local community, a model which can be put into practice by any church in any context, urban or rural, wealthy or otherwise.
Renew Wellbeing is a national charity with its origins rooted in the Baptist Church, which helps
churches open spaces of welcome and inclusion in partnership with mental health teams to improve
mental and emotional wellbeing.
These quiet, shared spaces where it’s ok not to be ok, are simple cafe style spaces run by local churches where hobbies and activities are shared or co-produced.
Each cafe space is attached to a quiet room or prayer space where inner habits of wellbeing are shared.
Susanna Hinton, the NBA’s Renew Wellbeing Facilitator, works alongside the churches of the NBA to
help them prayerfully consider how they can encourage wellbeing, and whether opening a Renew
Wellbeing space is something they could do.
If you’d like to find out more, or to invite Susanna to come and speak to your leadership team or your church, please contact her by clicking here.
Caring for your own wellbeing: taking time out to spend with God is one helpful habit to develop to look after your wellbeing.
Feet of Faith offers Christian retreat walks in the Yorkshire Dales, helping you look after your spiritual, physical and mental wellbeing as you explore and deepen your journey with God. Run by Susanna Hinton, they offer an opportunity to take time out from your normal
schedule, finding that shift in perspective which immersion in the splendour of creation brings:
here's where we can attend to our wellbeing and walk a little closer to God.