Thinking Outside the Box

Are you a Baby Boomer or a Millennial? Marketers have made a billion-dollar industry ‘mining data’ about us, so they can stick us into boxes. One of the ideas being that if we understand each other better, we can communicate more effectively.

In principle it sounds like a good idea, but Jesus never made assumptions about anyone based on their age, their gender, their profession or, indeed, their preference for a particular breakfast cereal. We are all unique – and equally complicated.

Matthew 10:29-31 “What is the price of two sparrows – one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.”

Facing Mental Health Issues

Mental health has, for a long time, been a rather neglected area – largely because it’s complex, deep rooted and all-encompassing. And so, no single tablet or course of medication is the answer; solutions need to be individually focused.

The church, like much of society, has been slow to respond, but things are changing. Tuesday 10 October was Mental Health Day, and we are really proud to celebrate the great Cinnamon Recognised Projects that are doing so much to help churches support those within their communities who are struggling with mental health issues.

No Simplistic Solution
At any time, 1 in 6 people in the UK are coping with a mental health disorder, ranging from anxiety and depression to schizophrenia. The knock-on effects can impact an individual’s financial, emotional, social, and physical wellbeing.

However, Cinnamon Recognised Projects don’t offer simplistic solutions to these big problems. Far from it. When individuals come through the doors of local churches they don’t come as patients – neatly compartmentalised by their problems. Churches see them as God does – with all their individual complexity and beauty.

They take a personal, complete, practical and long-term approach to supporting individuals, often connecting their clients with other local services and voluntary groups who can help. It’s our aim to enable more churches, through our Cinnamon Recognised Projects, to respond.

Pray

Please pray for churches running social action projects that support those with mental health issues. Pray that God will help them to build connections with those within their community who need help.

Share

Encourage your church to reach out to those in need within your community by running a Cinnamon Recognised Project. Visit the Cinnamon website for a full list of projects available.

Do

Make a donation to support the work of Cinnamon Network, so more churches can run effective, sustainable Cinnamon Recognised Projects that meet the needs at the heart of their communities

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