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7th October 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Mental Health: Intro to Renew Wellbeing Cafés & The Sanctuary Course

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We have two speakers for this important event aimed at all those who are part of churches (all denominations) and Christian organisations who have a desire to create places of welcome and belonging for those facing mental health challenges.

Ruth Rice, founder of Renew Wellbeing will be leading us in this information evening,

  • introducing the work of Renew Wellbeing
  • explaining how to set up a Renew Wellbeing café
  • answering questions about how Renew cafés can support those with mental health challenges in your community

Renew Wellbeing helps churches open spaces of welcome and inclusion in partnership with mental health teams to improve mental and emotional wellbeing. Renew spaces 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. Each church partners with a mental health professional from the local council to ensure good inclusive practices for safe spaces where its OK not to be OK can be sustained.

For more about Renew Wellbeing please click here.


Dan Whitehead is the CEO of Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries. Sanctuary helps churches become even more loving places of belonging and hope by providing mental health related training, educational resources and support. See www.sanctuarymentalhealth.org for more information.

The Sanctuary Course is a unique eight-week small group curriculum designed to raise awareness and start conversations about mental health in the Church. The course covers a range of mental health topics including mental health and illness, stigma, recovery, companionship, self-care and the role of the Church in mental health support. Each session incorporates careful theological reflection on the topic, while discussion questions and suggested spiritual practices encourage participants to integrate their faith and mental health journeys. If you want to learn more about mental health and mental illness, if you are looking for faith-based answers to difficult questions, if you want to support a family member or friend facing a mental health challenge, or if you want to discover the role the Church can play in promoting mental health, then we encourage you to explore The Sanctuary Course and join the conversation.

This is a free event but please email our administrator, Kathy to let us know if you’re planning to come – kathy@swbaptists.org.uk


7th October 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


01395 433533


South Street Baptist Church
25 South Street
Exeter, Devon EX1 1JA United Kingdom
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