Health and Healing Highlights: Take Action in Your Health Ministry
Each week, we’ll share interesting health and healing-related stories in the news. Following is a round up of articles about physical, emotional and spiritual health and healing that could be applied to health ministries.
Physical contact and in-person interaction improves brain activity, heart health, blood pressure, motivation, serotonin levels and happiness—decreasing depression and anxiety. How can your congregation create healing opportunities in the church and out in the community? Consider visiting assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospitals—or people homebound due to illnesses. Reach out and touch those who need help and compassion.
Four-time cancer survivor Pamela Post-Ferrante shares how the act writing and sharing stories helped her work through her illness. She now helps others, leading writing groups that foster support and introspection and help members unburden and find peace.
Activities that involve writing, creating and sharing stories seem prime for Sunday School and health ministries. How might this work in your congregation?
Local churches became refuges when a series of tornados hit Southern Indiana and Kentucky six months ago. Today many of these churches are the epicenters or aid and support—even helping the community rebuild. It is, for many, a poignant way to experience and demonstrate Christ’s love. Find out how congregations are drawing closer and working with the community to heal.
Science is catching up to what the faith community already knows: prayer creates an environment for healing, especially when focused on the individual as a whole: mind, body and spirit.
Terra Hoskins contributes to the NEHM and NEAC blog on a freelance basis. Drawing from her background in sales, communications and Internet marketing, she helps organizations create an online presence and use the Internet to expand business. Follow Terra on her blog: http://terrahoskins.com/ and on Twitter: @terrahoskins.
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