“For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them” Matthew 18:20
As a church, we recognize God created the whole person, and that right now the emotional and spiritual challenges of social isolation are affecting people. To assist people through this time, PCCT is rolling out mental health initiatives in the coming weeks – offering a support group, a drop-in/socialization group and a prayer group – on a weekly basis, and offering other resources which we have found for individuals and families to access and share that will help on a daily basis. The goal is to have regular chances for folks to talk about the challenges that we are all facing, and share our experiences and gain perspective and support from one another.
These meetings will begin the week of April 27 – Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If it becomes clear that there are needs for more regular contact, we will offer more opportunities. We are here for you, and we are still the church community, and our ministry continues.
SUPPORT GROUP – Mondays, 12 noon – 1 pm
Led by Ellen Dinneen, Licensed Professional Counselor. During this pandemic many of us are experiencing heightened levels of anxiety, distress, and at times, despair. Each one of us has been touched and challenged in one way or another. Talking with others within a supportive framework can be helpful and healing. It can also be validating. Often there is comfort in realizing others share your same reactions and concerns. We also can learn from one another how to manage the emotional and tangible challenges we are facing. In addition, suggestions for therapeutic tools to help with anxiety and depression will be offered. Feel free to bring your lunch and eat as we talk together. To join, contact Pastor Heather HERE.
DROP IN/SOCIALIZATION GROUP – Wednesdays at 10 am
Led by Heather Morrison Yaden. Sometimes just seeing one another can help us recognize we are not alone. This hour will be spent just visiting and catching up with others in the church community. We just miss the sight of one another, and being together may help us recognize we are still here for each other. This can serve as a touchstone for your week – as worship does – we will gather as a community of faith. We can be grateful that we are not alone. To join, contact Pastor Heather HERE.
VIRTUAL PRAYER CIRCLE – Fridays at 11 am – 11:30 am
Gather together on Fridays beginning on May 1. Our time will open with a moment of silence and then a prayer. Those who wish may share their joys or concerns and we will raise up the prayers requested by those who cannot be with us or who don’t wish to share during this time. We will end in prayer promptly at 11:30 am. The hope is that this will be a sacred space for us to breathe, refresh, and renew and to remember that we are not alone in this dark time. We shall make it, one day at a time, one moment at a time, together, carried through by God’s Love. To join, contact the church office HERE.
SANVELLO APP – An APP to help daily. Shared by a member of Session. Sanvello is a leading provider of digital and tele-mental health solutions to individuals. It has clinically validated techniques, coping tools and peer support and is now freely available to anyone impacted by COVID-19 for the duration of the crisis. Click HERE to learn more and for download instructions.
From member Duncan Young – “Mental Health Moments” – Twitter and Facebook options for families and all of us “In terms of resources, our company has created a COVID 19 page and we have had our staff creating “Mental Health Moments” that we have been sharing with our school district partners – these are “bite sized” tips and
strategies for promoting mental health wellness- you can find them HERE. I’d be happy to share these as resources. Some of them are more for students and parents, but I think a lot of them are good for all ages.”
If you have resources or think of things that have helped you cope in these uncertain times, maybe share those with Pastor Heather – Thanks!