Mental Health Ministry Team News

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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.


On Sunday, February 11, First Church member Kerrie Hein will present the second of a series of six monthly sessions on

The Mental Health Spiritual Support Group will meet on Sunday, January 21 from 11:45 am – 1 pm in Room #5 in the East Bay School for Boys (EBSB). 

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?